The Dinosaurs are coming, and this time, it’s to Powerscourt Estate in County Wicklow. Film Director Colin Trevorrow has revealed that a secret Jurassic World short film was shot at the beautiful estate in Enniskerry last year.
In an interview with Collider, Trevorrow opened up about the project for the first time:
“We shot it in Ireland last winter. They have a grove of redwood trees that look exactly like the national parks in Northern California”, Trevorrow continued. “I honestly never thought we’d make it this far without getting found out. The Irish can keep a secret.”
The Redwood Trees at Powerscourt Estate line the long walkways of its ornate Gardens and frame the views surrounding its towering Waterfall. These evergreen skyscrapers provide the perfect playground for Jurassic Park’s roaming dinosaurs, as some of the oldest living things in existence. The growing conditions for Redwoods in Ireland are perfect, and trees can live for 1,000 years, or more. Powerscourt boasts many champion trees, including a Winter’s Bark tree, which is the tallest known example on the planet.
Powerscourt has long piqued the interest of movie-makers, since Laurence Olivier filmed Henry IV there in 1944. With its close proximity to Dublin, intricate gardens and wild, dramatic scenery, it’s easy to see the attraction:
“”No one’s ever shot a Jurassic movie in Ireland, the crew was fired up. The cast was fully committed to making 8 minutes that could stand alongside the movies.” said Director Colin Trevorrow who directed and co-wrote smash-hit Jurassic World and co-wrote the sequel Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.
In the short, dinosaurs live in the wild now, with humans and dinosaurs battling to co-exist. The film features a family on a camping trip whose visit is interrupted by a large herbivore trundling past their caravan, and a battle ensues.
Featuring Selma and Moonlight actor Andre Holland and End of Watch’s Natalie Martinez, the short was completed in five days with a small crew: “We had two child actors, a giant animatronic dinosaur and a baby. It shouldn’t have worked, but it did”, Trevorrow joked.
Speaking about the best-kept secret in County Wicklow, Managing Director Sarah Slazenger said: “We are thrilled that the prestigious Jurassic Park movie series chose Powerscourt and Ireland as the location for their latest release. The spectacular scenery and abundance of wildlife makes it the perfect backdrop for this science fiction adventure movie. We look forward to welcoming visitors from around the world to admire our spectacular redwood trees at Powerscourt Gardens and Waterfall.”
Battle at Big Rock is available to watch online through YouTube and has already garnered 3.8 million views worldwide.