|In order to
tackle the scope and breadth of the project ahead, Winston designated a group
of teams that included both artists and engineers. To give you an idea of
each team's complex responsibilities, meet "Team rex," which
consisted of 12 operators performing widely varying functions. Constructed
from a frame of fiberglass and 3000 pounds of clay, the 20 foot tall T-rex
was covered with a durable yet delicate latex skin and then painted by a team
of artists who blended a rich palette of colors to bring his body to life.
The T-rex was then mounted on a "dino-simulator," an imaginative
mechanism inspired by hydraulic technology and based on a traditional
six-axis flight simulator used by the military. On this motion-based
foundation, both the platform and the T-rex could be actuated through a
computer control board.