A SHORT film set in the same universe as the Jurassic World movies has landed online and is available to sink your raptor claws into right now.
Franchise director Colin Trevorrow revealed the eight-minute short was filmed in Co. Wicklow, Ireland – though it’s not because of the Emerald Isle’s abundance of newly-generated dinosaurs.
“We shot it in Ireland last winter," he explained to Collider.
"They have a grove of redwood trees outside Dublin that look exactly like the national parks in northern California.”
Trevorrow came away from the experience with a newfound respect for the Irish and their ability to keep a secret – especially one about a second half-sequel to a big-budget blockbuster.
"I honestly never thought we’d make it this far without getting found out,” he admitted.
“The Irish can keep a secret."
The short serves as bridge between Jurassic World 2 and the third film in the franchise.
Titled Battle at Big Rock, it centres on a family enduring the camping trip from hell at the titular Big Rock National Park, close to where the previous film ended.
Fans will recall that, by the end of Jurassic World 2, the dinosaurs had broken free and were preparing to cause havoc on humankind as we know it.
Like Jeff Goldblum’s Dr Malcolm says in his one and only scene in the film, “this truly is a Jurassic World” or it was something to that effect.
In any case, the short is engaging enough which is just as well considering Trevorrow’s apprehension about uploading an eight-minute long video to YouTube.
"It’s eight minutes. It was supposed to be shorter," Trevorrow said.
"I know eight minutes is an eternity on the internet, but I hope people will set some time aside and put on a good pair of headphones."
You can watch Battle at Big Rock in the link provided.