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RE: Jurassic Park 4 - new dinosaur, no feathers
Exactly! The movies and TV shows we often remember most clearly, and that were
both well-respected and did well in the box office,
are often the ones where the director and production team were willing to take
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, Science & Global Change 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
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu [mailto:owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu] On Behalf Of
> Mark Witton
> Sent: Tuesday, April 09, 2013 8:14 AM
> To: email@example.com
> Subject: Re: Jurassic Park 4 - new dinosaur, no feathers
> "They are doing it because of the reason Hollywood does everything:
> ultimately, most people in Hollywood
> are just involved in repackaging the same stuff over and over and over again,
> because change is scary."
> The irony being that many truly great sequels or genre films succeeded
> because they _did_ change the tone of their predecessors.
> Consider the first two 'Terminator' movies, the first two 'Alien' movies, the
> effectiveness of 'fast zombies' in '28 Days Later',
> 'Star Trek'
> film and so on. They all did so well, both critically and at the box office,
> because they shook up audience expectations. The
> was in part a success because it reinvented dinosaurs as movie characters.
> On 9 April 2013 12:44, Thomas R. Holtz, Jr. <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> > > From: owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu [mailto:owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu] On
> > > Behalf
> > Of David Krentz
> > > Sent: Tuesday, April 09, 2013 1:40 AM
> > >
> > > On Apr 8, 2013, at 8:26 AM, Richard W. Travsky <email@example.com>
> > wrote:
> > >
> > > "Maybe non feathery skin is easier to render, especially when lots
> > > of
> > movement is involved, and thus cheaper to produce."
> > >
> > >
> > > With their budget, their top-end FX house and advances in
> > > feather/fur
> > rendering that would be the lamest excuse. I'm sure it has to
> > > do with the pre-conceived notions about what Jurassic Park dinosaurs
> > > are
> > supposed to look like and the audiences expectations, for
> > > better or for worse.
> > What David said.
> > The "it's too expensive to do feathers" mantra that production companies
> > use to justify not doing modern dinosaurs is getting tired
> > and is inaccurate. Look at commercials, TV shows, etc.: CG birds and
> > mammals are rendered ALL THE FRICKIN' TIME!! This is NOT the
> > reason they are doing it. They are doing it because of the reason
> > Hollywood does everything: ultimately, most people in Hollywood
> > are just involved in repackaging the same stuff over and over and over
> > again, because change is scary. This is true for scripts,
> > actors, plotlines, settings, and--yes--special effects.
> > 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
> > http://www.geol.umd.edu/~tholtz/
> > Fax: 301-314-9661
> > Faculty Director, Science & Global Change Program, College Park Scholars
> > http://www.geol.umd.edu/sgc
> > Fax: 301-314-9843
> > Mailing Address: Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
> > Department of Geology
> > Building 237, Room 1117
> > University of Maryland
> > College Park, MD 20742 USA
> Dr. Mark Witton
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> If pterosaurs are your thing, be sure to check out:
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> - My palaeontological artwork: http://markwitton-com.blogspot.co.uk/