Bird Calls Used for Dinosaur Sounds in “Jurassic World” Movie

T Rex Dinosaur Statue near Palm Springs, California

T Rex Dinosaur Statue near Palm Springs, California

Close-up of T Rex

Apatosaurus Dinosaur Statue near Palm Springs, California

Apatosaurus Dinosaur Statue near Palm Springs, California

Goose Pair

Goose Pair

Baby Brown Pelican and Flowers

Baby Brown Pelican and Flowers

Magellanic Penguin Pair

Magellanic Penguin Pair

Osprey Sitting on Weather Station

Osprey Sitting on Weather Station

California Quail

California Quail

Forster's Tern Hovering

Forster’s Tern Hovering

Australian Kookaburra

Australian Kookaburra

Various bird calls were recorded to create the sounds of dinosaurs in the new “Jurassic World” movie that opened in June 2015. Calls used include those of a goose, baby pelican, penguins, osprey, terns, and kookaburra, among others. An interesting article with details about the recordings and their use in the movie is at: https://www.audubon.org/news/jurassic-worlds-dinosaurs-roar-life-thanks-bird-calls.

Thinking about dinosaurs peaks my imagination. It makes sense that bird calls were used to simulate dinosaur sounds, because scientists say that birds are directly descended from them. Fossils of more than 20 dinosaur species have been collected with preserved feathers. Modern birds closely resemble the embryos in ancient dinosaur eggs. “Jurassic World” is great summer fun – it is highly recommended!

Lost Movie Set of “The Ten Commandments”

Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes National Wildlife Refuge

1923 Silent Movie

Sphinx Head from “The Ten Commandments”

City of the Pharaoh from “The Ten Commandments”

Recovered Movie Set Pieces from “The Ten Commandments”

1930 Movie “Morocco” Filmed at Nipomo Dunes

Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes National Wildlife Refuge is located north of Santa Barbara.  The refuge has the largest and most extensive coastal sand dunes in California.  Cecil B. DeMille filmed his original The Ten Commandments at this location in 1923.  Before filming began, an entire Egyptian “City of the Pharaoh” was constructed on the dunes.  The scale of the production was amazing!  The elaborate movie set contained 300 chariots, 21 sphinxes weighing 5 tons each, and 4 statues of Ramses that were each 35 feet tall!   When filming ended, the set was secretly buried in the sand.  Now historians are using ground-penetrating radar to recover pieces of the set for display in the Dunes Center Museum.   A documentary on the film history of the area by Peter Brosnan is currently in production.   Past “Sahara” movies filmed on the dunes starred Rudolph Valentino, Douglas Fairbanks, Gary Cooper, and Marlene Dietrich.  A more recent movie filmed on the dunes was Pirates of the Caribbean starring Johnny Depp.

UPDATE October 2014:  Recent excavation has unearthed one of the giant sphinx heads buried in the sand.  It will be displayed at the Guadalupe Dunes Center Museum.  Articles are at:  http://www.newser.com/story/197287/archaeologists-uncover-giant-sphinx-in-calif-desert.html   and http://www.kcet.org/arts/artbound/counties/santa-barbara/cecil-b-demill-ten-commandments-excavation-nipomo-dunes.html 

UPDATE December 2015/January 2016:  After 30 years, the documentary by Peter Brosnan is finally finished!  The movie “The Lost City of Cecil B. DeMille” is now being submitted to film festivals.  An article is at:  http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/features/the-lost-city-of-cecil-b-demille-the-film-about-unearthing-a-1923-movie-set-that-took-30-years-to-a6787021.html

A trailer about the new movie is at:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mAfhfNGRACU&app=desktop

The official website for the movie is at:  http://www.lostcitydemille.com/index.html

Info about visiting the  display is at:  http://dunescenter.org/visit-the-dunes/dunes-center/exhibits-and-activities-research/the-lost-city-of-demille/

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