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2020: The Year of the Dino-Documentary!

Updated: Apr 2, 2021

We hope 2020 is treating you all well. The last few weeks have been very productive for the dino documentary!

At the end of January, we flew to Monticello, Arkansas, to visit Tony Campagna, “The Dinogeek,” and saw the world’s largest dinosaur toy and memorabilia collection, which will one day be housed in a museum. Tony and his wife were very gracious hosts, and we even had a sponsor for some of our travel expenses.

Visiting The Dinogeek's "Dino Den" in Monticello, Arkansas
Visiting The Dinogeek's "Dino Den" in Monticello, Arkansas

We flew from Arkansas directly to Salt Lake City, Utah, so James could tour the University of Utah, which he is considering attending next year.

A mountain range covered with snow.
Flying over the snow-capped mountain of Utah.

We also "re-visited" the Museum of Natural History of Utah for the first time in 5 years. This is also where we celebrated New Years.

James Pinto standing in front of a fossil display at NHMU.
James at NHMU, then and now.

We interviewed the Museum Curator of Paleontology, Dr. Randy Irmis, as well as the Paleontology Collections Manager, Carolyn, Levitt-Bussian. And we shot a LOT of b-roll.

Camera equipment pointed at woman in fossil warehouse
Interviewing NHMU Paleontology Collections Manager, Carolyn Levitt-Bussian.

By luck, we connected with Erin Curtis, the queen of Sinclair “dino sitting” herself. We got to try it with her, and we squeezed in an impromptu interview as well.

Three people sitting on a Sinclair dinosaur at a gas station.
Learning the art of "dino sitting."

After that, we headed down to the Museum of Ancient Life, where we interviewed paleontology rock star Jim Kirkland and veteran fossil preparator, Scott Madsen, as they worked on a giant block of Utahraptors. These amazing creatures are very similar in size and shape to the velociraptors of the Jurassic Park / Jurassic World movies.

James Pinto, Jim Kirkland, and Scott Madsen standing in a fossil prep lab.
James Pinto with legendary paleontologists Jim Kirkland and Scott Madsen.


James & Tony Pinto


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