A DOCUMENTARY ABOUT DINOSAURS AND THE PEOPLE WHO LOVE THEM
CREATED BY A FATHER AND SON
From prestigious museums and universities, to blockbuster films, amusement park rides, video games, and toys--dinosaurs have always fascinated us. But, why?
WHY DINOSAURS? follows dino-obsessed youth James Pinto and his filmmaker father (Tony Pinto) on a journey around the world, interviewing world renowned paleontologists about the latest dinosaur research, and encountering dinosaur fanatics of all walks of life.
Together they track down the filmmakers behind Jurassic Park and Jurassic World, see the world’s largest dinosaur toy collection, dig up some real dinosaur bones, and attempt to discover why everybody loves dinosaurs!
AN ENSEMBLE CAST
James and Tony have interviewed a wide array of dinosaur enthusiasts, from seasoned paleontologists and amateur fossil hunters to paleo artists and dinosaur fanatics from all walks of life. (See the full list of interviewees and learn more about the project.)
DR. DEAN LOMAX is an internationally recognized, award-winning paleontologist, author and science communicator. He regularly appears on TV as an expert and presenter, notably co-hosting the primetime TV series Dinosaur Britain. He also led the excavation of the Rutland Sea Dragon, one of Britain’s most important paleontological discoveries, which recently made headlines worldwide.
DR. NIZAR IBRAHIM is a vertebrate paleontologist and National Geographic Explorer. His current research focuses on the anatomy, ecology, and evolutionary history of vertebrates from Late Mesozoic times. His biggest discoveries include new dinosaur remains of the semiaquatic predator Spinosaurus, fossil footprints, and remains of a new giant pterosaur, Alanqa saharica. His research has been featured in the BBC, National Geographic, and The New York Times.
FEEDBACK FROM SOME OF THE WORLD'S TOP PALEONTOLOGISTS
"Even for people like me, there was so much I learned from the film!"
Dr. Philip Currie
Paleontologist, Curator &
University of Alberta Professor
"The film has a lot of warmth and emotion, and the time & effort you two put into it really shows."
Dr. Nizar Ibrahim
National Geographic Explorer,
Nat Geo Live Speaker & TED Fellow
"I think it works really well and I like how it draws attention to the popular culture that exists outside of the scientific/museum world."
Dr. Donald Henderson
Dinosaur Curator, Royal Tyrrell
Museum of Palaeontology
"Brilliant stuff, truly! Really enjoyed the segment on the Chinese material & feathers."
Dr. Dean Lomax
Paleontologist, Author &
"It looks terrific! Once it's officially released, let me know and I'll be happy to promote through my social media channels."
Dr. Scott Sampson
Paleontologist & Executive Director,
California Academy of Sciences
Jurassic Park & Jurassic World
WHY DINOSAURS? has a social media reach of over 100,000 fans.
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