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

James is a freshman at UC Berkeley 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 3,000 corporate videos, and loves watching documentaries.

WHY DINOSAURS? is currently in post-production and scheduled to be released on June 20, 2021.



"WHY DINOSAURS?" started out as a short film--a simple father/son passion project. But over the past three and a half years, we've interviewed 60+ seasoned paleontologists, fossil hunters, dino-artists, graduate students, and even a State Senator!

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

In 2020, we raised over $24,000 from friends, family, and dinosaur enthusiasts via Indiegogo.



We hope to inspire girls, boys, men and women of all ages to embrace Science, starting with a healthy dose of Dinosaur Paleontology.

James teaching dinosaurs to a preschool class.



We've been fortunate to interview a wide variety of seasoned paleontologists, fossil hunters, paleontologists, dinosaur enthusiasts, and even a State Senator, including:


Why Dinosaurs? is currently in post-production with an expected release date of June 20, 2021.

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

For more information, please check out the Frequently Asked Questions.

For media inquiries, feel free to contact us.

You can also follow us on one of many social networks:


Our I Know Dino podcast interview.

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.

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


Go behind-the-scenes, get exclusive info, and join us (and 62,000+ friends) on this epic journey!

  • Instagram
  • Facebook
  • YouTube
  • Twitter
  • IMDb
  • Reddit
  • TikTok

Subscribe to our email newsletter: