How Jurassic World 3 Production Shutdown Helped Improve Dominion
Jurassic World 3 director Colin Trevorrow discusses how the timing of Dominion's production shutdown wound up helping the upcoming movie.
Jurassic World: Dominion director Colin Trevorrow has revealed the timing of the movie's shutdown due to the coronavirus had its advantages. The upcoming blockbuster is the third and final film in the Jurassic World series starring Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt. Following the events of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the movie will focus on dinosaurs out in the world. Previously, Trevorrow teased this idea with a photo of the movie filming in snow, suggesting dinosaurs may be seen in that environment. Jurassic World: Dominion will also feature the exciting returns of several actors from the original Jurassic Park movies, including Laura Dern and Sam Neill. Recently, Neill revealed their roles aren't mere cameos, either, explaining they appear throughout the film.
Unfortunately, the upcoming movie has already faced challenges. Like virtually every other Hollywood production, Jurassic World: Dominion was forced to stop shooting in the middle of March. Luckily, Trevorrow revealed he was continuing work on the film from home only a couple weeks later. More good news came last month, when Universal announced its $5 million plan to resume filming Jurassic World: Dominion in July. Now, as production restarts, Trevorrow discusses how the movie's filming schedule and timing of the shutdown worked to its advantage.
In an interview with Empire, Trevorrow acknowledged, "For many of us, Dominion was already the biggest creative challenge of our lives, before the lockdown.” However, he also revealed the order scenes were filmed helped, explaining, "The shooting schedule really worked to our advantage – the first four weeks we put to film were mostly sequences with dinosaurs in them. So that allowed us to get a head start on VFX and workshop some of the newer elements without the pressure of a looming deadline."
Based on Trevorrow's comments, it sounds like he and others who continued work on the film during lockdown made the most of their time away from set. In this case, it worked out nicely that many of the scenes requiring special effects work were shot first, as it gave creatives more time to work on those moments. Trevorrow's comments echo what other filmmakers and actors have said in the past about the advantages of the shutdowns. For instance, The Batman star Robert Pattinson admitted time off from his film wasn't "the worst thing in the world."
Separately, Trevorrow's remarks about what was filmed before the shutdown lend more credibility to Jurassic World: Dominion's "dinosaurs in snow" idea. Since most of the scenes already shot had dinosaurs in them, it seems even more likely now the director's set photo was from one of those sequences. As shooting resumes, hopefully Trevorrow and others will continue to tease the film, offering information about where else the dinosaurs may turn up. If not, audiences will find out when Jurassic World: Dominion releases next year.