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Re: Jurassic Park 4 - new dinosaur, no feathers ,please!

The reason the JP producers resist feathered dinosaurs is not 
because the effects would be too difficult. It's because a 
reptilian dinosaur is scary, whereas the same species dressed 
up as a blue and pink dodo-cockatoo fantasy is not. Even if 
the latter is more correct, it's not what most non-dinosaur-
scientists would perceive as correct. 

Komodo dragons are scary. Parrots are not. Crocs are scary. 
Ostriches are fluffy (even if they can kick hard). Heck, even 
a big salamander is kinda scary. Turkeys, while surprisingly 
colorful, well, you get the idea. 

So the real question is:  Would you rather see a good movie 
with reptilian raptors or a lousy movie with rainbow raptors 
darting about like spray-painted hens..? 

--- On Tue, 4/9/13, David Krentz <ddkrentz@charter.net> wrote:

> From: David Krentz <ddkrentz@charter.net>
> Subject: Re: Jurassic Park 4 - new dinosaur, no feathers
> To: "rtravsky@uwyo.edu Travsky" <rtravsky@uwyo.edu>, "dinosaur@usc.edu List" 
> <dinosaur@usc.edu>
> Date: Tuesday, April 9, 2013, 4:54 PM
>   Take a look at the trailer for
> The Owls of Ga'Hoole relaesed in 2010.
> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJkSZpun0sE
> This was done by Animal Logic for a budget a fraction of a
> pixar movie and its all feathered characters ALL the
> time.  The good news is that that this vendor is using
> the same software to create feathers for dinosaurs in the
> upcoming Walking With Dinosaurs 3D feature.  Making
> feathers iridescent is indeed a big achievement, but it is
> achievable.  On Dinosaur Revolution the Gigantoraptor
> story called for very flashy feathers.  One of our
> shader writers who was fairly new to the industry figured
> out a way to do it in three or four days- not even a full
> weeks salary.  
> D
> On Apr 9, 2013, at 2:09 PM, Richard W. Travsky <rtravsky@uwyo.edu>
> wrote:
> > 
> > Ack, didn't think of this til after hitting send...
> > 
> > On Tue, 9 Apr 2013, Richard W. Travsky wrote:
> >> ...
> >> http://m.techradar.com/news/video/software/applications/the-m
> >> ...
> >> As if the balloons weren't enough, the bird
> character Kevin posed
> >> another set of challenges that were no less
> complex. The first
> >> challenge was to give the bird's iridescent
> feathers a soft, fluffy
> >> appearance.
> > 
> > 
> > Short youtube video of the bird. Make sure you select
> HD quality. Gives
> > some idea of what things could look like.
> > 
> > https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eeJ38HE8Q7U
> > Kevin (the bird) from Pixars Up