In this day and age of smart phones and social media, it would seem almost impossible to keep any project under wraps. But that is exactly what director Colin Trevorrow, director for the third installment of Jurassic World 3, was able to do with his secret short eight minute Jurassic World film, Battle at Big Rock. Somehow his cast and crew was able to secretly film this in Ireland last year without any leaks. Now the short is ready to make it’s debut Sunday, September 15th on FX.
So how were they able to pull this off? Collider was able to recently talk to Trevorrow about the process of making this short without anyone leaking the information, despite having a giant animatronic dinosaur on set. He talked about how even he was surprised it stayed on the down low for so long.
“We shot it in Ireland last winter. They have a grove of redwood trees outside Dublin that look exactly like the national parks in Northern California. I honestly never thought we’d make it this far without getting found out. The Irish can keep a secret,” said Trevorrow.
Being that it was a secret project, the question of casting came up and how they were able to recruit the actors and actresses without advertising the project. Turns out for the most part they just didn’t have one.
“I’ve been a fan of Andre Holland since I saw him in Selma. And Natalie was incredible in End of Watch. We didn’t audition or put out a casting call, I just reached out quietly to those two actors and begged them to come do this with me. I know a casting director in New York who helped us keep the search quiet for the kids. Pierson Salvador promised me he wouldn’t tell his friends at school until it came out. Melody Hurd had never acted on camera, now she’s co-starring with Kevin Hart in his next film. It doesn’t take long for real stars to break out,” continued Trevorrow.
Battle at Big Rock follow a family of four from Oakland that are out camping in Big Rock National Park. Unfortunatly, following the events of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, dinosaurs now live here too. Now when they encounter some of these dinosaurs, it becomes a terrifying fight for survival.
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Battle at Big Rock premieres Sunday, September 15th on FX
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