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Re: Jurassic Fight Club ep guide is up
This was yet ANOTHER show that I was supposed to work on and it did
not work out. Its a joke around my household that if a job has to do
with dinosaurs it will not work out for me. I think that when I talk
to the production companies on the phone and mention my reverence for
the fossil material it sends a signal that I'll be too difficult to
work with. There is also a problem that many fx companies have
mentioned to me. They have told me that when they send designs to
"paleos" for comments, it can add almost an aditional 50% to the
design budget. The added time to wait for approvals also adds up
quickly as many paleos are off doing their actual jobs in far off
places. If the initial bid from the fx company included a quick
turnaround for incentive those extra days add up fast and entire
departments (modeling,texturing,rigging,animation...) equal a huge
overhead as they await designs.
Even if you have a designer who got everything right, as soon as
its out of his hands its not uncommon for others down the line to cut
corners. For example someone could put a Giganotaasaurus head on an
allosaur body because it was deemed "close enough" . That kind of
approach is perceived to save big$ as the dinosaur does,'t have to
visit all those departments again. Changing the length of a dinos
legs has a lot of consequnces.
The solution? A really dinosaur obsessed designer who will stay on
top of the other departments. Consultation with paleos is needed, but
at the designer's discretion, and he or she needs to pick those
battles carefully. I firmly believe its impossible to get a 100%
accurate peer approved show/design, although that doesn't mean its not
Paleos do add a great deal of credibility to the shows, but its nice
when what they say on camera is consistent with whats on screen!
My appolgies if this message is full of typos, I bouncing a newborn
on my knee as I type with one hand!
On Jul 27, 2008, at 5:41 PM, email@example.com wrote:
For those who want to know, Carlos Huante ( of many ILM FX movies)
involved in the dinosaur designs. They look pretty cool but... WTF?
Oh, that means "Wheres The Feathers". Its what the kids these days
text to each other.
Might I *STRONGLY* suggest that she coordinate with paleontologists
season 2? The feathers I could almost maybe sort of forgive. But the
Majungas violate Holtz's First Rule of Restoration: if you can't fit
skeleton inside the restoration, the restoration is wrong.
the legs are too long and gracile (esp. in the metatarsus), the
scapulacoracoid region is too poorly developed, and the forelimbs are
wrong in essentially every major aspect (incorrect shoulder
elbow too well developed, forearm FAR too long, hand too long and
and palms are facing impossibly downward.)
I just wished they had consulted more of the paleos on this aspect: if
there is one thing we will happily do is criticize anatomy... :-)
I am still really looking forward to this, and the fact that it is
relatively minor anatomical features that I am complaining about
that they got most of it right!
I also just saw (today on DVD) a History Channel special I missed
How the Earth Was Made (2007). Again, I have a few technical
it here and there, but overall an extremely good job at reviewing
History and how we interpret it. (Also, a shout out to Reese Barrick,
whose team is shown collecting therizinosaurs out in Utah...)
Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 301-405-4084
Office: Centreville 1216
Senior Lecturer, Vertebrate Paleontology
Dept. of Geology, University of Maryland
Faculty Director, Earth, Life & Time Program, College Park Scholars
Mailing Address: Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
Department of Geology
Building 237, Room 1117
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742 USA