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Running with Dinosaurs on the Set of “Jurassic World”

An Auburn alumnus made his mark as an extra on the set of the record-breaking movie “Jurassic World.” Daniel Bradley, a political science graduate from the class of 2000, spent four days filming on set in New Orleans.

Originally, he was only cast for a scene in which he and fellow actors ran from dinosaurs outside past Margaritaville and other stores on set.

However, he was later called back after being handpicked by director Colin Trevorrow to be a scientist in the laboratory. In the movie, the laboratory is where the dinosaurs are created, through analysis and clones of DNA, then raised.

Bradley, far right, on the laboratory set of "Jurassic World"

Bradley, far right, on the laboratory set of “Jurassic World”

“Walking onto the laboratory set and just seeing how much goes into building a set like that for a movie, I was just in awe and just amazed,” Bradley said.

While filming he saw the movies biggest stars, Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, B.D. Wong, Irrfan Khan and talked with Derek Connolly, who co-wrote “Jurassic World” with Trevorrow.

In the movie Bradley can be seen within the first five minutes.

“When the camera pans from left to right there’s a guy standing over the dinosaur eggs and that’s me,” Bradley said.

He can also be seen in photos on the interactive “Jurassic World” website in the laboratory section of the map.

Although the hours were long, with 12-14 hour days on set, he said he enjoyed the experience.

“I thought it was great,” Bradley said. “You just have to really experience it to be able to understand how much fun it is.”

The world of dinosaurs wasn’t his first introduction to roles on the silver screen, however. Bradley has also had roles as an extra on the sets of MTV’s “Scream,” “The Astronaut’s Wives Club,” and upcoming movies such as “Fantastic Four,” “Sticky Notes,” and “Elvis and Nixon.”

Bradley, far right, looking over dinosaur eggs on the set of "Jurassic World." This photo can be seen on the "Jurassic World" interactive website.

Bradley, far right, looking over dinosaur eggs on the set of “Jurassic World.” This photo can be seen on the “Jurassic World” interactive website.

Despite all of his appearances, acting is not a career he plans to pursue professionally. He has a full time job in pharmaceutical sales and considers his job rewarding.

Eventually he would like to land a small speaking role in a movie and he said he has taken steps to pursue that goal.

Overall Bradley said filming on the set of “Jurassic World” was “one big favorite memory.”



All images provided courtesy of Daniel Bradley.