"Jurassic World" has made a ridiculous amount of money at the box office, and the franchise now has a generation of young new fans. More than a decade before Chris Pratt ever stepped onto Isla Nublar, however, a couple kids in Washington State were doing their part to keep the "Jurassic Park" legacy alive.
In 2002, brothers David and Steven Hudson -- along with their sister Sarah and a couple cousins -- filmed a meticulous scene-for-scene remake of the original Steven Spielberg film, which they (finally) uploaded to YouTube a couple days ago. Now the brothers have their own production company, Cinesaurus, which does everything from viral videos to digital effects work for commercials, and their early promise is on full display here:
MTV News caught up with David to tell the story behind the video, how the experience inspired his career, and (of course) his thoughts on "Jurassic World."
MTV: How did you come up with the idea to reshoot "Jurassic Park," and how did it come together?
David Hudson: I was 13 and had no real interest in filmmaking at the time. This was the first thing like this we ever did. We were still in the midst of the "Jurassic Park" franchise and had accrued a lot of toys. My brother and I originally set out with the idea that we wanted to spend somewhere between a day and week making this movie, so that was the intent. It ultimately took about a month and a half -- it was virtually our summer break... The five of us worked pretty much all day every day on it.
MTV: It's amazing you could get a group of kids to focus on anything that long, yourself included.
Hudson: It was a battle to keep my little cousins and sister interested in what we were doing. The youngest was my cousin Kevin. He was five years old at the time, so naturally we gave him the most complicated role as Dr. Ian Malcom.
It was extremely difficult to get a five-year-old to memorize lines, so we had to pare down a lot of the lines. ... [T]here are scenes where it will be Ian Malcom speaking [and] you'll see it go from day to night in the course of a couple of shots.
MTV: What other challenges did you encounter during this process?
Hudson: We didn't have any idea what editing was, or have a computer fast enough to edit. So the entire movie was made in-camera, in sequential order, with a boom box and "Jurassic Park" CDs right next to the camera, syncing it up with each shot.
MTV: Did anyone want to quit at any point?
Hudson: There was never a point where anyone wanted to quit. Everyone was really supportive, especially our parents. Surprisingly we managed to do everything on our own, with the exception of whenever we needed cars driven around our yard. They were always the "tour guide."
MTV: So no children were driving during the making of this film?
Hudson: (laughs) Not this one, no.
MTV: How did this process inspire you to become a filmmaker?
Hudson: It was definitely our gateway into filmmaking. It was our biggest influence in wanting to do this professionally. We threw a big family party to reveal the final product to our parents, and they were blown away. They were probably beyond the level of supportive that they should've been. Instead, they were like, "Wow, this is really good. We should send this to Spielberg and George Lucas."
We continued to make a lot of short films together, but my brother pursued engineering and I went to law school. It wasn't until after that, we came back together and created a creative studio, which is what we're both doing now. (Update: Hudson sent an email to clarify that "I was planning on law school," but didn't attend.)
MTV: Have you seen any of the other "Jurassic Park" remakes on the Internet? What do you think of them?
Hudson: I remember seeing a handful of remakes a few years ago, and them being -- rightfully so -- abridged. Looking back, I realize how bizarre it is to have a full-length one. It's really cool that other people have had a similar experiences. I hope they had as much fun as we did, because it was really one of the bigger, defining moments of my life.
MTV: Now the big question -- have you seen "Jurassic World"?
Hudson: I actually went opening night with the entire cast of our film! The five of us got together. We had been waiting for it for awhile, and we all really liked it. No spoilers, but Jake Johnson is kind of the star of the show, I think.
MTV: Do you think kids now will be remaking "Jurassic World" with their toys?
Hudson: I hope so, and I hope they put it on the internet sooner than we did.