“The park is open.”
Jurassic World, the newest installment in everyone’s favorite dino-action-suspense series, hits theaters today. Based on the story put forth in Michael Crichton’s 1993 bestseller Jurassic Park, the film picks up at the world-famous, newly revamped amusement park on the Central American island Isla Nubar.
Actor Chris Pratt stars as Owen Grady, the park’s resident velociraptor trainer, alongside actress Bryce Dallas Howard, who plays park operations manager Claire Dearing. Steven Spielberg, director of the series’ first two films, returned as an executive producer.
Following in its predecessors’ hallux-clawed tracks, Jurassic World contains all the elements essential to a Jurassic film: corporate conspiracy, lab experiments gone wrong, velociraptor chase scenes, and a carnivorous, larger-than-life antagonist.
We were thrilled to learn that more than 30 Full Sail alumni worked behind the scenes during the production of the film. Nikki Willson, a Full Sail grad and current faculty member (Course Director, Film Production Management), worked on Jurassic World as an accounting clerk. “For four months, I lived and worked on the island of Oahu in Hawaii. I met an incredibly talented group of filmmakers and learned more in that four months than I have on any other production in my career. I’m so grateful to have been a part of such an amazing franchise in cinematic history. I’m still pinching myself, really.”
Full Sail grads known to have worked on the film at the time of this posting include:
- Adam Gambrel (Film; production secretary)
- Andy Luce (Film; grip)
- Brian Roedel (Film; props assistant)
- Justin Kusinsky (Film; electrician)
- Katherine Rodtsbrooks (Computer Animation; lead stereoscopic compositor)
- Lyndsey Pendley (Computer Animation; stereoscopic paint artist)
- Matt Lopac (Film; set decoration coordinator)
- Matthew Gill (Computer Animation; stereoscopic production coordinator)
- Marvin Yanez (Computer Animation; stereoscopic roto lead)
- Meagan Skerchock (Film; set dresser)
- Monica Castro (Computer Animation; element QC compositor)
- Nikki Willson (Film/Entertainment Business; accounting clerk/assistant travel coordinator)
- Patrick Redmond (Film; edge head technician)