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Re: Walking With Dinosaurs 3D coming in 2013

I think that here, as in some other recent threads, there's a certain
disregard for certain financial realities.  A Koyaanisqatsi-style
dinosaur movie would need all the same technology as, and therefore
cost about the same to make as, a Jurassic Park-style movie.
Koyaanisqatsi grossed $1.7M; Jurassic Park, $915M. Which style
dinosaur movie do you think rich investors are going to back?


-- Mike.

On 15 March 2011 01:12, M Wesley <wilburwateley@gmail.com> wrote:
> Personally as a hardened cinema-phile I think that non-avian dinosaurs
> and the Mesozoic in general returning to the big screen should be
> filmed in the style of Godfrey Reggio's justifiably grand "Qatsi"
> trilogy that filmed, without a linear narrative or narration of any
> kind, and in near continuous montage, images from various areas of the
> world and people of innumerable walks of life. This non-linear,
> anti-narrative format would absolve the insipid story-lines and
> idiotic narration that plagued the Walking with Dinosaurs tv specials
> and which will undoubtedly do the same in the above-mentioned film.
> I imagine this Qatsi-influenced film cutting every few minutes from
> one Mesozoic drama, whether vast or miniscule, to another as the film
> dynamically flows throughout the entirety of the Mesozoic with some
> parts of the film thematically dealing with violence while others with
> birth, migration and so on. It would just be a film about the lives of
> these amazing beasts as they go about their Mesozoic world. Of course
> it undoubtedly would need a rousing score to equal that of Philip
> Glass' for Koyaanisqatsi and Powaqqatsi.
> Also, for those who wanted to know more about the dinosaurs in the
> film you could have pamphlets, books and so on to fill their
> curiosity.
> Personally I find dinosaurs are still looked at by many as child's
> play--I'm looked at by friends and general people quizzically for
> showing the interest I have in them--and I think a film that would
> detail dinosaurs but also articulate and juxtapose universal subjects
> such as death and violence, reproduction and birth, as well as the
> universal mortality of all species, could give the field more outward
> respect from being just a tool for so many Michael Bay-esque sparks
> and whistles.
> What I'm talking about in essence, and this is the best analogy you
> could ever come up with, is a dinosaur film to cause a paradigm shift
> in the public’s perception on the same level that the graphic novel
> Watchmen did for comics and sequential story telling; before it was
> published comics were, like dinosaurs, considered subjects best left
> to children--Alan Moore and Watchmen changed that forever.
> For dinosaurs I think all you need is someone with a vision as well as
> the dedication to uphold accuracy as much as is scientifically
> possible. Certainly most historical films, whether that’s recent or
> ancient history, are inaccurate in one form or another, but there are
> those few that have upheld accuracy valiantly; Melville’s Army of
> Shadows as well as Pontecorvo’s The Battle of Algiers being the most
> notable.
> I think it’s only a matter of time before some serious dinosaur-junky
> grows up, not to render them with paint, but with a film camera. It’s
> all in the waiting.
> Clip from Powaqqatsi here:
> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4mSEou1zhA&feature=related
> Clip from Koyaanisqatsi here:
> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PirH8PADDgQ&feature=related
> On Mon, Mar 14, 2011 at 8:01 PM, Dino Guy <dinoguy@sbcglobal.net> wrote:
>> "Walking With Dinosaurs 3D," a theatrical feature film, is scheduled for a 
>> 2013 release.  With a $65 million budget and Animal Logic performing CG 
>> animation, let's hope that we will at last see the franchise applying 
>> feathers to the theropods.  Read Jeremy Kay's _Screen Daily_ article, "IM 
>> Global sells Walking With Dinosaurs 3D to Fox for US and select 
>> territories," dated November 10, 2010, at 
>> <http://www.screendaily.com/festivals/afm/afm-news/im-global-sells-walking-with-dinosaurs-3d-to-fox-for-us-and-select-territories/5020399.article>.
>> Quoting the article:
>> "The story tells of a migrating dinosaur family, torn apart and then 
>> reunited during the Cretaceous period 70m years ago. The film will use 
>> groundbreaking LIDAR (light, detection and ranging) technology to combine 
>> live action and animation, as well as groundbreaking 3D camera and pre-vis 
>> systems."
>> Time will tell.
>> Dino Guy Ralph
>> Member of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology
>> dinoguy@sbcglobal.net
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