Bayona has had some experience directing using animatronics and practical effects even amongst heavy-CGI with A Monster Calls, which is on the receiving end of some serious awards buzz right now as well. That film, which follows the story of a young boy who conjures up a large tree monster to help him come to terms with his mother’s (Felicity Jones) impending death, not only used a full motion capture performance done by Liam Neeson as the monster, but Bayona also had life-size models of the monster’s head, arms, and legs made to be on set. So far, it seems like the technique has paid off well for him.
This will likely come as welcome news for Jurassic Park fans also, especially those who were disappointed by World‘s heavy use of CGI and VFX as opposed to animatronics, like the original 1993 film. Bayona has been an interesting and exciting choice to take over for Trevorrow since he was initially announced for the film, and it sounds like he’ll be bringing a much different approach to Jurassic World 2 than Trevorrow did. With experience making mostly family-oriented awards dramas previously, the film is a much larger project for Bayona to take on, and marks yet another interesting addition to his growing, already impressive filmography.