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RE: It's funny because it's true...



I've actually pitched this before. Maybe someday someone will take it 
seriously...

Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
Email: tholtz@umd.edu   Phone: 301-405-4084
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Senior Lecturer, Vertebrate Paleontology
Dept. of Geology, University of Maryland
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Faculty Director, Science & Global Change Program, College Park Scholars
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Mailing Address:        Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
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                        University of Maryland
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-VRTPALEO@usc.edu [mailto:owner-VRTPALEO@usc.edu] 
> On Behalf Of Bob Tess
> Sent: Friday, July 01, 2011 8:46 AM
> To: mkvr@aapt.net.au
> Cc: luisrey@ndirect.co.uk; tholtz@umd.edu; 'DML'; VRTPALEO@usc.edu
> Subject: Re: It's funny because it's true...
> 
> You know, maybe that could be a great new series:
> "What we actually KNOW about dinosaurs."
> Has "dinosaurs" in the title, makes people thinking they are 
> getting the inside scoop.
> May be a 3 parter.
> It would still have the wow factor and they can re-use old 
> animation and have paleontologists like those of you on the 
> list explain where things are doubtful or unknowable at the time.....
> You heard it here first.
> 
> Tess Kissinger
> On Jul 1, 2011, at 2:24 AM, Matt wrote:
> 
> > Oops, try that again!(plain text version)
> >
> > Hi, first time poster.
> >
> > I'm in a bit of a unique position in that the kitty cartoon is mine 
> > and I also work in TV as an animator, as well as painting 
> prehistoric 
> > animals.
> >
> > I think you've hit the nail on the head, though I do want 
> to point out 
> > that producing anything for TV or film is hard by the 
> simple fact that 
> > it costs lots of money and is, in the end, a commercial product.
> >
> > This results in multiple investors wanting to make sure they get a 
> > return, and therefore, lots of fingers in the 'creative pie', and a 
> > need for 'sensational' documentaries.
> >
> > It's pretty easy to see how the scientific advisors can be a small 
> > voice, they're not paying the bills.
> >
> > There's more to it than that. The laymans' doubt over how 
> much we can 
> > 'really know', the need for 'story', short attention spans and, to 
> > some extent, our own high expectations and sometimes failure to 
> > recognise that some details will never be the concern of 
> the rest of 
> > the world.
> >
> > Matt van Rooijen
> > www.optimisticpainter.wordpress.com
> >
> >
> >
> > On 1/07/2011 10:21 AM, Luis Rey wrote:
> >> I don't think it is just a problem of 2-D or 3-D. I have seen a 
> >> progressive deterioration in the quality of the 3-D stuff...
> >> suddenly the Jurassic Fight Club type of animation has become the 
> >> norm, and it is abysmal. The anatomical errors and over 
> dramatization 
> >> have become so widespread (that also includes the lack of  
> knowledge 
> >> of real animal behavior) that  I'd rather have some of the 
> stuff that 
> >> came immediately after Walking With Dinosaurs like that 
> little series 
> >> "Dinosaur Planet" anytime...
> >>
> >>
> >
>