ABOUT THE PROJECT

Above: The most recent teaser.

Below: The announcement video that started it all.

Our I Know Dino podcast interview.

We're Tony and James Pinto, a father and son collaborating on our first feature-length documentary.

James is a recent high school graduate who is passionate about all things dinosaurs, fossils, and paleontology. He won First Place in the 2016 California State Science Fair, and was a semi-finalist in the National Science Fair, for a geological experiment on Spinosaurus teeth using a mass spectrometer at UC Santa Cruz. (Yeah, he's kind of a nerd.)

 

Tony (James' father) owns and operates a video production company, has made over 2,500 corporate videos, and loves watching documentaries.

In 2020, we plan to finish creating our dinosaur documentary and get it into some film festivals.

James & Tony Pinto at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles.

WHAT WE'VE ACCOMPLISHED

"WHY DINOSAURS?" started out as a short film. It was meant to be a simple, father/son passion project. But over the past two years, we've interviewed over 30 seasoned paleontologists, fossil hunters and dealers, and even a State Senator. It's quickly turning into a "Who's Who" of dinosaur enthusiasts!

James with legendary paleontologist, Dr. Phil Currie at University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada.

We've also raised almost $25,000 from friends, family, and dinosaur enthusiasts via Indiegogo. The campaign is still active for anyone who would like to contribute.

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THE IMPACT

We hope to inspire girls and boys of all ages to get more involved in Science, starting with paleontology. We also hope to inspire other families to embark on a passion project like this. We'd like Science teachers around the world to share it in their classrooms. We'd love to see it shown publicly, in film festivals or an online streaming service.

James teaching dinosaurs to a preschool class in Chatsworth, California.

WHO WE'VE

INTERVIEWED

We've been fortunate to interview a wide variety of seasoned paleontologists, fossil hunters and dealers, and dinosaur enthusiasts. We don't want to prematurely announce our remaining interviews, but here are some of the people we've met with so far:

  1. Dr. Phil Currie - Paleontologist & Professor, University of Alberta, Canada
     

  2. Dr. Scott Sampson - Paleontologist & “Dr. Scott” of Dinosaur Train and Dinosaur Planet
     

  3. Dr. Jack Horner - Paleontologist and Jurassic Park dinosaur advisor
     

  4. Dr. Charles Marshall - Director, University of California Museum of Paleontology
     

  5. Dr. Nizar Ibrahim - Paleontologist, National Geographic Explorer and TED Fellow
     

  6. Phil Tippett - Oscar winning stop-motion animator and Dinosaur Supervisor on Jurassic ParkStar Wars, and many others.
     

  7. Dean Cundey, A.S.C. - Oscar-nominated Cinematographer, Jurassic Park, Back to the Future, Apollo 13, and Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
     

  8. Dr. Don Henderson - Curator of Dinosaurs at Royal Tyrrell Museum, Canada
     

  9. Senator Kate Brophy McGee - Arizona State Legislative District 28; wrote Arizona State Dinosaur Bill (Sonorasaurus Thompsoni)
     

  10. Dr. Dean Lomax - Paleontologist, Author, Adventurer & Science Communicator
     

  11. Dr. Lorna O’Brien - Preparation Lab Supervisor at Royal Tyrrell Museum, Canada
     

  12. Dr. Debbie Colodner - Director of Conservation Education & Science, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
     

  13. Dr. Robert McCord - Curator of Natural History, Arizona Museum of Natural History
     

  14. Dr. Caleb Brown - Curator of Dinosaur Systematics & Evolution at Royal Tyrrell Museum, Canada
     

  15. Dr. Jim Kirkland - Utah Geological Survey
     

  16. Dr. Randall IrmisChief Curator and Curator of Paleontology, Natural History Museum of Utah
     

  17. Dr. Andrew Farke - Director of Research and Collections, Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology
     

  18. Carrie Levitt-Bussian - Paleontology Collections Manager, Natural History Museum of Utah
     

  19. Pete Larson - President, Black Hills Institute of Geological Research, Inc. 
     

  20. Jessica Lippincott - Education Director, Wyoming Dinosaur Center
     

  21. Angela Reddick - Paleontologist / Dig Site Manager, Wyoming Dinosaur Center
     

  22. Glen McIntosh - ILM Animation Director on Jurassic World & Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
     

  23. Matthew T. Mossbrucker - Director & Chief Curator, Morrison Natural History Museum
     

  24. Scott Madsen - Fossil Preparer & Manager, The Utahraptor Project
     

  25. Dr. Richard Thompson - Amateur fossil hunter who discovered Sonorasaurus Thompsoni
     

  26. Rob Sula - Paleo artist and Lead Guide, Paleo Prospectors
     

  27. Ryan Cieszkowski - Amateur fossil hunter & dinosaur enthusiast
     

  28. Kallie Moore - Host of PBS Eons, Paleontology Collections Manager at University of Montana
     

  29. Lyon Daniels - Actor (We Can Be Heroes); dinosaur enthusiast
     

  30. Gabriel-Philip Santos - Collections Manager, Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology
     

  31. Benji Paysnoe - Paleoartist, Arizona Museum of Natural History
     

  32. Keegan Kuhn - Paleoartist, TRX Dinosaurs
     

  33. @CleverFanGirl - Jurassic Park / dinosaur community influencer
     

  34. Tony Campagna (aka "The Dinogeek") - Owner of the largest collection of dinosaur collectibles; staff writer for Prehistoric Times magazine.
     

  35. Bucky Derflinger - Amateur fossil hunter who discovered two T.rexes (“Bucky” and “E.D. Cope”)
     

  36. Lauren Billings - VP of Operations, Billings Productions (aka The Dinosaur Company)
     

  37. Jerry Adloff - Dinosaur enthusiast & owner, Explorers Emporium
     

  38. Elaine Howard - Dinosaur enthusiast & Executive Producer
     

  39. Billie Guerrero - Outreach/Collections Assistant, Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology
     

  40. Dustin Growick - Museum Consultant & Science Communicator
     

  41. Marji Johns - Paleontology Collections Manager, Royal BC Museum
     

  42. Gary Kaiser, M.Sc. - Research Associate at Royal BC Museum
     

  43. Jax Weldon - Lobbied for Arizona’s Official State Dinosaur (Sonorasaurus Thompsoni)
     

  44. Kathryn Abbott - Vertebrate Fossil Preparator & 3D Scanning/Printing Technician, Guide at Dino Lab, Inc.
     

  45. Ry Williams - Lead Welder / Fossil Restoration Technician / Dinosaur Levitation Expert at Dino Lab, Inc.
     

  46. Garret Kruger & Sabrina Ricci - Husband and wife team; producers of the 'I Know Dino' Podcast
     

  47. Angie Guyen - Director, Wyoming Dinosaur Center
     

  48. Jack Turnbull - Paleontologist / Public Relations, Wyoming Dinosaur Center
     

  49. Jimmy Waldron, MA. Ed. - Science Communicator, host of Dinosaurs Will Always Be Awesome podcast
     

  50. Aiden Rouse - Amateur Paleontologist

WHAT'S NEXT?

We are currently in post-production and are aiming to finish the film by December 31, 2020.

James and Tony interviewing Dr. Lorna O'Brien, Preparation Lab Supervisor at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology in Drumheller, Canada.

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BONUS VIDEOS!

Our first time being interviewed by Jimmy at DWABA.org!

This is a young James doing his best Sir David Attenborough impersonation at the Natural History Museum of LA with his Nonni. 

James' first visit to Dinosaur National Monument in Vernal, Utah.

California State Science Fair judge commenting on James' First Place Spinosaurus experiment.

James receiving a Certificate of Commendation from Simi Valley Mayor Bob Huber for his First Place award in the California State Science Fair, as well as other County-level Science awards and recognition by the Coast Geological Society.

Interviewing Paleoartist and Paleo Prospectors Lead Guide, Rob Sula.

James volunteering in the Fossil Prep Lab at La Brea Tar Pits.

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