NOTICE: This is NOT the Brett Kelly film!
Jurassic Shark is a Jurassic Park fan-film directed, produced, written and edited by LordStarscream100. It is the first installment in the Jurassic Shark Film Series and LordStarscream100's first live-action film. Following the cancellation of Island of Doom, LordStarscream100 decided to come up with a more original concept that would still take place in the Jurassic Park universe. Filming took place from March to September 2012, and the film started airing on YouTube on August 16, 2012. It gained mixed to positive reviews upon its release, although in later years more people would look upon the film negatively, primarily due to its poor quality and overall abnormality, both of which LordStarscream100 sought to improve in his films in the future. The film is Scott's most negatively-received full-length project.
The film stars Jon M as Chase Landon, a boy who finds out the troubles his neighborhood would soon be having with a robot shark, leading him to invite Dan Bruines (Ben M), shark expert Drake Matthews (Will M) and several other friends go to hunt the shark before it reaches the public and starts killing people. However, things don't go as planned when the hunters become the subjects of the mechanical creature's rampage through their nearby walking trail.
Due to the film's initial success, a sequel was released from July to December 2013, and the series will conclude with third and final film that is currently airing on YouTube, with the first part having been released on June 19, 2015.
The film opens with one of several fired InGen employees releasing a mechanical shark created by them as a killing machine. It is first dispatched to the walking trail near Bradford Cul-De-Sac, where it kills Kyle Blakes (Jacob D), although Blakes managed to film the shark as it chased him. The video was taken by several reporters and further uploaded to YouTube. Due to this, Chase Landon (Jon M) takes advantage of the situation by having Dan Bruines (Ben M) organize a hunt for the shark, but first, find shark expert Drake Matthews (Will M). Dan finds Drake, who agrees to participate in the hunt and says the shark is seemingly a great white. They soon find out that Cooper Culman (Jon M), Nate Williams (Nick S) and Chase Landon will participate as well, while Anna Shelby (Abigail P) later confirms that Billy Trenton (Jacob D) would not be.
The following day, the hunt begins. Dan allies with Chase and Drake and the two enter the walking trail and almost immediately encounter the shark, battling it briefly before retreating. The following day, they encounter it yet again, although it escapes. This leads Chase to allowing Cooper and Jeff Stanton (Will M) to search for it instead. The two encounter and battle it for the next several days before it kills Jeff.
After not hearing from Cooper or Jeff, Chase continues on the hunt with Drake, Anna and Alexa. Within the next couple of days, Anna and Cooper are killed, while Billy makes a return but he and Drake are injured by the shark. Chase gets inside a shark cage that he designed himself, which the shark destroys, although Chase is left unharmed. The following day, Chase is determined to kill the shark. He fiercely battles it in the walking trail until he tricks it to fatally damage itself when it smashes against a tree next to a cliff and plummets to the creek below. Chase takes one of its teeth and a piece of duck tape that reads "InGen" before walking back to the cul-de-sac, where he finds Drake waiting for him. Drake gives Chase his shark books, planning to end his interest in sharks, and the two walk up the sidewalk together.
- Jon M as Chase Landon, the film's main protagonist, who is a strong hiker that Bruines hires to kill the Shark. Chase was originally supposed to be the film's second main character, with Dan being the lead, but due to filming difficulties, the roles were switched. Chase kills the shark and survives the hunt.
- Will M as Drake Matthews, the film's second protagonist, who is a Shark expert that Bruines also hires alongside Chase. Among the many changes to other characters in the film, Will's character managed to stay clear of them.
- Ben M as Dan Bruines, a friend of Billy and Nate who hopes to get rid of the Shark completely. Dan was originally the film's main protagonist, as revealed in the beginning of the film, although filming problems eventually lead to the character being supposedly killed off near the end of the film. Dan, however, survives, and makes a comeback in the sequel.
- Jacob D as Billy Trenton, the oldest protagonist and major friend of Bruines who is invited to help kill the shark. Jacob was not always able to film, and he was meant to appear in many more scenes then the ones that he had been featured in already. Billy survives the film, despite his arm being badly injured.
- Jon M as Cooper Culman, a hunter who wields weapons and is extremely handy with them as well and the leader of the Random Team. Cooper's character was originally in Island of Doom: Jurassic Park, although Jon favored the character and he was transitioned from one film to another. Cooper is eventually killed by the shark.
- Abby P as Anna Shelby, a hunter who is chosen to help the group kill the shark, and is also the person who recruits Dan Bruines into the hunt. Anna Shelby is eventually killed by the shark.
- Sam P as Alexa Murray, a hunter who helps the group hunt for the shark, and is recruited by Anna. Alexa appears various times throughout the hunt, although her participation is small, she survives.
- Will M as Jeff Stanton, a hunter who works alongside Cooper. He is a member of the Random Team. Jeff's character was originally supposed to be bigger, but script revisions resulted in the character's role becoming smaller. Jeff is killed by the shark.
- Nick S as Nate Williams, a hunter, who at one point is told by Chase of the shark problem. Nate was not always able to help in the shark hunt, although at one point, he went missing and was presumed dead. He is revealed to have survived in the sequel.
- Jacob D as Kyle Blakes, a trouble-making hiker who was the shark's first victim. False information was released at first to cover-up Kyle's death in the film.
The events of the movie take place nineteen years after the events at Isla Sorna and Nublar (in this case, it is in the actual Jurassic Park universe). In the film's original plot, InGen creates the shark in order to make prototypes of Great White Sharks that can be kept in captivity for long periods of time. A mechanical test shark is created for future tests. However, an InGen employee sabotages the operation and releases the shark. The employee customizes the shark by giving it internal engines to fly, programming that would make it murderous and a single layer of felt to protect it from the rain. InGen is determined to catch the shark again, yet they can't find it and don't know that Dan Bruines is leading several others to kill it.
LordStarscream100 was originally currently on a debate on when to film the movie. On October 6, 2011, he announced that the film wasn't going to be filmed in 2011 and instead in 2012. The first idea of the film's shark was the Great White Shark Air Swimmer set. However, this idea was quickly forgotten since the balloon-like shark was constantly malfunctioning and looked fake. Due to this, it was decided that the shark would be entirely-CGI. Yet the animating opportunity was disabled when LordStarscream100's computer was fried, threatening the movie's cancellation.
On December 16, Dr.Mollica's friend was contacted about animating the film's shark after a YouTube video with his help was made with a CGI Velociraptor. After the offer was turned down, Dr.Mollica said that he could animate. Mistakenly, Mollica instead made a trailer that featured scenes from other movies that were irrevalent to the film. Therefore, action was taken immediately by designing an 11-foot shark. In early-February, the shark was completed and attached to a large wagon for transportation. When filming began in March, although it was difficult to manuever in the walking trail. After shooting two more scenes in the walking trail, it was decided that the wagon wouldn't be used.
The first day of filming took place on March 23, 2012. Filming would later continue into April and May. On April 8, 2012, the film's plot summary and script were officially completed, but on April 12, the film's primary actors had a strict schedule that wouldn't allow them to go to the walking trail as often. Negotiations were made to film as much as possible. However, Jacob D broke his arm on May 23, yet the idea was made to add Jacob's arm injury into the film's story itself. The first trailer was released on May 25, featuring Ben M, Will M and Jon M as Dan Bruines, Drake Matthews and Chase Landon, respectively. The shark was also present in several shots at the end of the trailer. By May 27, about 30 minutes of the movie had been shot. The previous negotiations also failed to work, so the film's setting had to be switched from the walking trail to the woods behind Dan Bruines's neighborhood. This would prove to be much easier to film at. By June 23, about 1 hour of the movie had been filmed. At the time, it was confirmed Jacob D would have a smaller role in the film because he wasn't filming as much. As a cover up for Blakes' death, it was said that the scenes for Kyle Blakes were all finished early since Jacob wished to focus more on Billy's character and give it more development.
The film began airing on YouTube on August 16, with the first 45 minutes being released. The rest was released within the next month until September 21, with the final part airing on that day. A playlist is available for the movie on LordStarscream100's YouTube channel with six different videos, each being around fifteen minutes long. On August 25, the second-to-last scene of the movie was completed, and the very last scene (due to schedules involving school) was filmed on September 15, thus concluding the production.
With the film having ended, most of the news had already been released, although in Christmas 2012, a special edition of the full movie was released onto YouTube. On August 7, 2013, LordStarscream100 confirmed that the film's deleted scenes would be released on YouTube, featuring nearly 20 minutes of unseen footage that was not featured in the film, as well as the original versions of certain scenes.
The film has gained a mixed reception. Despite the failure of the first trailer and some poor criticism on the actual film itself, the movie has gained an extremely mixed reaction. According to the overall ratings for the film, it has a score of 50%, based on 133 likes and 130 dislikes. When judging the ratings for the trailers and the film itself, it has a score of 49%, based on 139 likes and 142 dislikes. The full movie currently has over 175,000 views, and it is steadily climbing at an average of 100 views every day. The Creature Bleacher Features, a website that reviews all kinds of shark films, gave a mixed review toward the film. "While Jurassic Shark isn't a great movie, it's hard to dislike it. It does have some technical shortcomings which detract from its enjoyability, but they planned their shots well and kept things tight. In fact, one technical aspect of this film outshines most other shark films: the shark. I can't necessarily recommend watching the film, but I am very happy that it exists."
Even with the positive notifications for the film, there have been comments by which people have disliked it, criticizing the film's acting, young actors and shark. The quality of the film by which it was filmed and edited was also poor, although this partially improved for the sequel and will improve to its fullest for the third film, where the film will be shot entirely in HD. The film's editing resulted in several jump cuts and longer shots that had a negative effect on the final product. Nevertheless, the film is commended as being LordStarscream100's live-action directorial debut. Jurassic Shark is LordStarscream100's most viewed film and video yet, surpassing his second highest-viewed film, BIONICLE: Universe III: War of the Worlds, by nearly 80,000 views.
Jurassic Shark II: The Retribution was directed by LordStarscream100 and was released from July to December 2013, featuring returning cast members Jon M, Ben M, Will M, Nick S and Jacob D.
Jurassic Shark III: The Revolution began airing on June 19, 2015, with LordStarscream100 once more returning to direct. Jacob D is the only actor from the first film who will return in it in a major role, while Jon M, Ben M and WIll M return in cameos.
- The film is LordStarscream100's most negatively-received full-length movie, with a rating of around 50/100.
- The ending of the final battle, with Chase Landon sliding down the slope and inspecting the shark in the creek below, was meant to be completed on the day the rest of the battle was shot, but Jon M, Ben M and Will M had to leave the set early. Due to the fact that summer was about to end, and the younger cast members' parents would not allow them to go back to the walking trail, Jon M, Will M and LordStarscream100 snuck into the walking trail the following morning to finish the scene, and they were successful in doing so.
- The film is LordStarscream100's second most-viewed YouTube video of all time, with over 180,000 views.
- Drake Matthews was originally supposed to go inside the shark cage instead of Chase Landon, but Will M (Drake) said that he wasn't comfortable with the scene, while Jon M (Chase) was eager to go inside.
- Before the film's release, LordStarscream100 stated that Jacob D had little participation in filming the movie, leading to Billy's role being announced as smaller then expected, and that all the scenes involving Kyle Blakes had been filmed. However, this was said about Kyle Blakes to prevent people from realizing his death in the film before its release.
- Most of the film's characters were at one point planned to be killed off, or at least in different ways:
- Chase Landon: Originally, it was plotted that Landon and Dan would be the last two people still participating in the hunt, and while searching for the shark, it would find them and shove Chase down a hill. While Chase fell, the shark would glide over him and wait at the bottom, to which it would zoom forward and bite Chase in the torso, dragging him off into the bushes.
- Drake Matthews: Drake's death was, at one point, loosely planned. He would have gone inside the shark cage instead of Chase Landon, and the shark would've torn a hole in it and knocked the cage on its side. It would then bite Drake, pull him out of the cage, and eat him. There was another draft of the film where all of the characters except him and Dan would have been killed by the shark.
- His death would have been loosely based off of Hooper's planned death in Jaws. The character was originally intended to be eaten by the film's Great White Shark while in the shark cage near the film's conclusion.
- Jeff Stanton: During Cooper and Jeff's first encounter with the shark, they retreated from it, and Jeff his behind a tree. Jeff then looked over the sides of the tree, making sure the shark was gone. Although the scene ends there, the real ending of the scene had the shark pop out from behind the tree and eating Jeff head-first. The death scene was refilmed due to it being rushed, and the original scene was used as a separate scene entirely.
- Nate Williams: After Billy's injury, Nate would be hunting alongside Dan, Chase and Drake. As they were talking, he would trip on a tree root, falling on his back, which gave the shark the opportunity to devour his body whole.
- Cooper Culman: Cooper's death in the very first draft of the film was to have him run from the shark and climb a tilted tree. Upon reaching the top, he would fall into the shark's jaws. While a suitable tree was found to use for the stunt, the scene was re-written to the present one, since the original version would've been too difficult to film.
- Alexa Murray was, at one point, thought of being killed off, but when the plot was reversed, this idea was immediately scrapped.
- Billy Trenton was never thought of being killed off. The deaths of Dan, Anna, and Kyle Blakes were never changed.
- In order to film the shark's death, the two pieces of wood on either side of the shark's head were broken in two so that the shark would appear as if its head had collapsed in on itself.