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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr
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Jurassic World: Battle at Big Rock Jurassic World
Battle at Big Rock
Short film
Written by Emily Carmichael and Colin Trevorrow
Directed by Colin Trevorrow
Premiered September 15, 2019


When dinosaurs roamed America.


Watch the short film at YouTube


Notes from the Jurassic Park chronology


This short film takes place about 1 year after the events of Fallen Kingdom, at the end of which numerous dinosaurs escaped on the mainland of the United States into the wild. 


Didja Know?


This short film lasts 8 minutes and 39 seconds.


The Big Rock National Park that the story takes place in is fictitious, said to be about 20 miles from where the dinosaurs escaped, which was in the approximate area of the small northern California coastal village of Orick.


Characters appearing or mentioned in this movie






Dennis and Mariana's baby (unnamed)



Didja Notice? 


The Universal logo that appears at the beginning of this short film does not depict the globe of Earth's continents as usual, but the shape of the classic T. rex skeleton of Jurassic Park.

Universal rex


The guitar music playing during the barbecue scene at the campground seems to come from one of the fellow campground inhabitants.


Dialog indicates that Dennis and Mariana have been together for about two years, each with a child from a previous relationship; Dennis has Kadasha and Mariana has the slightly older Mateo. In the time they've known each other, Dennis and Mariana have also had a third child together, the unnamed infant seen in this short film.


Little Kadasha remarks at the start of the family's dinner that fellow campground-goer Greg showed her how to fire his double crossbow. The double crossbow is also known as the repeating crossbow, allowing more than one bolt to be fired without reloading. Her remark sets up the scene later in the story when she saves the day from the predations of an Allosaurus.


Dennis' shout to Greg early in the film that he shouldn't let his (Dennis') 8-year old shoot his crossbow indicates the girl Kadasha's age.


The dinosaurs who first appears at the family's campsite appear to be Nasutoceratops. This is the first appearance of this species in the JP series.


Kadasha remarks how the dinosaurs migrate and that there was even one in the woods near her school.


The theropod carnosaur that attacks the Nasutoceratops family (and later the humans) is an Allosaurus.


At about 4:09 on the video, the shadow of the male Nasutoceratops can be seen approaching to enter the fray in the background.


A number of dinosaurs-on-the-loose "found footage" scenes are featured in the closing credits of this short film. The scenes depict a number of Compsognathus chasing a young girl around in a corral; a Stegosaurus crossing a highway; a Parasaurolophus along a river; a Mosasaurus eating what may be a Great White Shark in the Pacific Ocean; and a Pteranodon swooping down to snag a dove in its beak at a wedding ceremony. 

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