We're Tony and James Pinto, a father and son collaborating on our first feature-length documentary.
James is a 17-year-old high school senior 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' dad) 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 also raised over $20,000 from friends, family, and dinosaur enthusiasts via the crowdfunding website, Indiegogo.
Check out our crowdfunging campaign (and consider contributing) on Indiegogo
More interviews! Why? We'd like to hear from as diverse a group of people as possible, including female scientists, tattoo artists, kids, and more! Then it's on to post-production...
James and Tony interviewing Dr. Lorna O'Brien, Preparation Lab Supervisor at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology in Drumheller, Canada.
We hope to inspire girls and boys of all ages to get involved in Science. We'd love for this to be the kind of film that Science teachers around the world look forward to playing in their classrooms, to ignite a passion for learning. It's also some quality father/son time, which we're hoping will inspire other families.
James teaching dinosaurs to a preschool class in Chatsworth, California.