Posted by Jack DLM - Wednesday 20 January 2016 at 12:18AM - 18 Comments
Today we had the pleasure of hosting a special interview edition of our Podcast with Paul Francis, co-founder and Art Director of Chronicle Collectibles.
Chronicle Collectibles is a prop replica and high quality collectibles company based out of Dallas Texas that deals with many official licenses such as Terminator, Stargate, Ghostbusters, and they have recently acquired the license to our beloved franchise, Jurassic Park.
Jurassic fans have been asking for official high-quality collectibles for years, and had a taste in 2008 when Sideshow put out a Tyrannosaurus Rex statue. However, it's been fairly quiet since then.
That changed early 2015 when Chronicle announced they were the license holder for all four Jurassic Park films and had a exciting range of upcoming products. Chronicle has recently opened up pre-orders for their 1:5th Male Tyrannosaurus Rex head bust, which is made from the original Stan Winston Studios mold.
We had the opportunity to interview Paul and learn more about Chronicle and how they create a piece from concept to approval. After speaking with Paul, it's very obvious how much dedication and time has gone into each and everyone one of their products. He speaks with such a love for what he does and is as much of a Jurassic fan as us - which bodes incredibly well for those who are excited for more Chronicle products!
Now here's the exclusive: Chronicle Collectibles will be releasing a 1:6th scale figure line, starting with Dr Alan Grant and Owen Grady this year!
You read that right. We will finally be seeing actual human figures from the Jurassic franchise, highly detailed, articulated and accurate display figures. And here's the first look:
If you're a listener of our podcast then you'll have heard us time and time again discussing the lack of human figures for Jurassic World especially, and the lack of collectibles all round. Well, Chronicle are about to change all of that and we couldn't be more excited.
You can hear a lot more about the human 1:6th scale figures in our podcast interview with Paul here, and he also reveals some more Jurassic products that are in development! Trust us when we say - this is a must listen. You can listen to Episode 28 of our podcast on iTunes or Stitcher, or alternatively you can listen below. The interview begins at 10:28 minutes in!
With a wealth of new products coming and a lot of ideas in the pipeline, Paul urges us all to contribute and share your opinions on the Statue Forum where Chronicle have a dedicated board. Some collectors assisted and shared their opinions on Chronicle's first Jurassic item (the Rex bust from TLW) which helped shape the product correctly for release.
We'd also like to add that if any collectors out there own a prop or an original Stan Winston dinosaur maquette then to please get in touch with Chronicle. The team over there want to make the fans and collectors happy!
A huge thanks to Paul for coming on our podcast and for revealing such an exciting collectible! Who doesn't want a Dr Alan Grant sixth scale figure? Personally I am very excited for this as it is something that the franchise has lacked for so long - real collectibles.
Universal to show new Jurassic World footage during VR event at Sundance 2016
Posted by ChrisLikesDinos - Tuesday 19 January 2016 at 10:15PM - 3 Comments
Universal Pictures have announced an exclusive look at new footage from a Jurassic World Virtual Reality experience in association with Littlestar VR at Sundance 2016. Thanks to Whosay.com, we have the following details:
"Comcast-NBCUniversal-Comcast Ventures' Sundance Reception: Experience virtual reality like you've never seen it before, thanks to Littlestar, at Comcast-NBCUniversal-Comcast Ventures' Sundance Reception—featuring a surprise DJ performance and exclusive footage from Jurassic World—on Saturday, January 23 from 5-7 pm at Photage Film Lounge."
Littlstar is a global network dedicated to immersive 360° video and photos. Discover, watch, and share the best content on Virtual Reality devices, our native iOS and Android apps, and the web.
Jurassic World and VR are no stranger to each other with the Jurassic World Apatosaurus Experience from Felix and Paul studios, designed for the Samsung Gear VR. I had the pleasure of experiencing this during the Jurassic World: World Premiere After Party in LA last June, and it was one of my biggest highlights from a night filled with awesome.
Perhaps Universal have taken the idea presented there, and expanded upon it, allowing fans to truly visit the park on Isla Nublar and see dinosaurs up close - if so, it's time to get a second job dish out the cash for a VR headset.
Be sure to stay tuned for updates on what this new footage consists of, and how you can see more. The event happens in just 4 days! What do you want to see from a Jurassic World VR experience, and do you think the surprise DJ may be none other than DJ Master Frank Marshall? Sound off in the comments below!
Jurassic World 2 Director Hunt has J.A. Bayona as Potential Front-Runner
Posted by Sandy - Tuesday 19 January 2016 at 08:30PM - 2 Comments
Deadline is now reporting that Universal has officially begun looking for a director to helm the Jurassic World sequel. Although no names are being suggested, Mike Felming Jr. of Deadline is hearing that Juan Antonio Bayona (The Impossible) could be up for the directing role.
It should also be noted that no talks have occurred between those involved with Jurassic sequel and Bayona, though he does have relationships with producer Frank Marshall and many others involved with the movie.
As previously reported, Bayona was also rumoured to be up for the Jurassic World 2 directing role back in September but was unable to take it on due to a commitment to the World War Z sequel. Now that Bayona has departed the World War Z sequel, he is free to work on Jurassic World 2, assuming he is offered the gig.
Jurassic Park to Get Orchestral Makeover!
Posted by Jack DLM - Saturday 16 January 2016 at 06:07PM - 2 Comments
Jurassic Park will be the latest blockbuster to join a growing list of movies that have received an orchestral-concert treatment! This fairly new trend has attracted audiences due to the appeal of watching your favourite movie while listening to a live performance of its score.
Film Concerts Live have previously offered this with films such as Home Alone, Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T., Back to the Future and Star Trek, and now 1993's Jurassic Park is next to join the list.
"Jurassic Park is one of John's most recognized, beloved scores," says FCL producer Jamie Richardson. "The dinosaurs are created through special effects, but the reason they live and breathe is John's music." The film debuts this fall with an unannounced symphony.
When considering a title, FCL's first step is to consult with the filmmaker and the composer, since the presentation often involves adding new music leading into and out of the intermission. Williams will oversee that process for Jurassic Park. FCL then licenses the film from the appropriate studio and begins shopping the title to symphonies. FCL will make a push for Jurassic Park at Association of Performing Arts Presenters' (APAP) New York convention, which starts Jan. 15.
The first live performance of a score to picture was in 1987 with the film Alexander Nevsky, but it has become far more popular in recent years. 2014 saw 18 live performances which rapidly increased in 2015 to 98!
Have you been to a live performance of a score to a film before? Will you be trying to get a ticket to this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity? Let us know in the comments section below!