Fans of the Jurassic Park/Jurassic world series now have something to tide them over until the third film in the latest series hits the big screen in 2021, with the release of Battle at Big Rock, a short film directed by Colin Trevorrow and co-written by S/W alum Emily Carmichael (RPG OKC). Premiering on FX, before being released online, the nine-minute short is set one year after the events of the last Jurassic World film and paints a nightmarish vision where dinosaurs are now living in our world .
Essentially a slick action sequence that features a fight between a family of Nasutoceratops’ and a lone Allosaurus, before the carnivorous dinosaur turns its attention on the humans present. Battle at Big Rock doesn’t contain the narrative originality we look for in our S/W picks (if you’ve seen a film from the franchise before, it basically plays like a highlights reel), but the involvement of Carmichael and the fact we don’t see many shorts (that aren’t fan films) from existing cinematic universes makes this feel like a newsworthy event in the short film arena.
Short films don’t come much bigger than this and it’s great to see Carmichael’s name attached to a project of this stature. We labelled the writer/director a “prodigious talent” when we interviewed her back in 2011 and since we last featured her, back in 2016 with nine-minute sci-fi short Stryka, her career is really starting to take off, with writing credits on Pacific Rim: Uprising and the new Jurassic World feature.