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Re: BIRDS ARE SCARIER
Regarding earlier comments, why would the dino-bird be rainbow colored?
These things weren't parrots or peacocks.
Among birds that are flightless, or spend a lot of time on the ground, they are
ussually pretty drab.
Ostrich and Emu- drab -> Cassowary mostly black, bright head, lives on an
island with no large predators
Turkeys -> drab, even the males when not displaying, chickens-> pretty drab
Peacocks-> ok, but they *can* fly, and don't hide from their "prey"
The only evidence is of perhaps bands of light and dark, maybe some orange...
I'm thinking a red-tailed hawk coloration...
Use *raptors* as inspiration for the "velociraptors"
Eagles, Hawks, Falcons, etc are not thought of as wussy or effeminate. Eagles
are regarded as majestic, the symbol of powerful military forces and/or high
ideals from (at least) Roman times, to the 3rd reich, and the USA.
Look at the following images... and tell me that birdlike animals couldn't be
"cool" predators in a movie:
We aren't talking pigeons, chickens, and parrots here... We should be talking
about the group of birds whose name these "movie monsters" are usurping!
--- On Wed, 4/10/13, Tim Williams <email@example.com> wrote:
> From: Tim Williams <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Subject: Re: BIRDS ARE SCARIER
> To: email@example.com
> Date: Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 12:39 AM
> Paul P <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> > I would love to see feathered dinosaurs in JP4, as long
> > they're done realistically. I just don't think it will
> > because the producers know they risk ending up with
> > that looks silly rather than scary, although the
> > in Mysterious Island was pretty scary.
> IMHO the _Dilopho
> scary, with
> its flamboyant neck frill.
> For theropods in JP, I think feathered plumage offers more
> opportunities for dramatic or visual effect than scaly
> skin. In other
> words, why not turn a necessity into a virtue? Imagine
> a dromaeosaur
> that suddenly spreads its wings as part of a threat posture,
> an eye-catching pattern on the wings' underside. Then
> the dromaeosaur
> As well as being visually arresting, this scenario might
> actually be
> realistic. We know that _Velociraptor_ had quill
> knobs, so presumably
> it had large forelimb feathers. These feathers weren't
> used for
> flight, and I doubt they were used in predation. So
> maybe the
> feathers were used in elaborate displays...?