FILM TWO pals, including a Perth man, have taken Jurassic Park fan fiction to another level, living out an experience you could hardly dream up in a Hollywood script.
In 2014 Timothy Glover and UK-based friend Jack Ewins had an idea for a website based on a rumoured character set to feature in Jurassic World.
The website would fill in the gaps between the adventures of film three and the latest film released earlier this month.
The pair’s aim was to encourage other fans of the Jurassic Park franchise to contribute, but it was not long before the big players came calling.
In April 2014, Mr Glover woke to 20 frantic messages from Mr Ewins and a message from Universal Pictures.
Universal loved what the pair had done and was asking them to build the official website.
Mr Glover, who until recently lived in Aubin Grove, said the pair would spend hours each day trawling through the entire Jurassic in-world universe – movies, games, books and memorabilia – looking for inspiration for fresh content and to make sure they were not covering old ground.
In September 2014 the friends were flown out to Los Angeles to meet the film’s marketing team and director Colin Trevorrow.
The trip offered them the chance to see early screen plays, film stills, videos, websites, and promotional material.
From there the real work began, with the pair flying home to continue to create as the film’s release date approached.
Jurassic World has gone on to earn more than a $1 billion.
Whether or not their website had anything to do with the film’s success – Masrani Global has gener- ated more than 2.5 million page views – Mr Glover said he was grateful to be part of a film series he had loved since the first instalment in 1993.
“It’s important for me each day to keep a level head about this wonderful experience,” he said.
“Colin and Universal didn’t have to invite us onto this project, but they did. They’ve literally changed my life.”
Jack Ewins and Timothy Glover at the JurassicWorld premiere.