(Sioux Falls, SD – 1/2/2008) – Dinosaurs Alive is a captivating adventure of science and discovery that will enthrall audiences with its unique look at the entire age of dinosaurs. Premiering January 26, 2008, the new large format film, narrated by Michael Douglas, features spectacular animation and a live-action story that joins renowned paleontologists from the American Museum of Natural History and their graduate students in the field as they uncover new fossils—including the remarkable discovery of what may be the oldest dinosaur ever found in North America.
Dinosaurs Alive brings dinosaurs, their behaviors and their ancient environments to life on screen as never before seen—juxtaposing stunningly realistic and scientifically accurate computer generated imagery (CGI) with intriguing 1920s documentary footage, dramatic new scenes of real fossils and current dinosaur hunting expeditions. Using state-of-the-art techniques, the filmmakers have created an array of amazingly life-like creatures based on the latest fossil evidence so that audiences can experience these creatures on the giant screen.
Interwoven throughout the film’s storyline is a real-life scientific adventure that looks at the field of paleontology and the crucial finds made over the years that have revolutionized our understanding of the mysterious creatures that dominated the earth for 150 million years. The film reveals how paleontologists search for, discover, and study fossils to determine different dinosaur species—how big they grew, how fast they moved, how they were related to other species, how they interacted with other dinosaurs and creatures of their era, what they may have eaten, how they may have raised their young, what their surroundings looked like, and how they may have died.
Audiences will meet and learn about Tarbosaurus (a close relative to T.Rex), Velociraptors, Protoceratops, Seismosaurus, and more. They will witness dinosaurs locked in mortal combat, nesting in colonies, protecting their young, and facing catastrophic forces of nature. They will also learn which ones traveled in herds, which made nests, which were the predators and which were the hunted, and other surprising behaviors.
Dinosaurs Alive is a production of David Clark Inc., Giant Screen Films, the Maryland Science Center, and Stardust Blue, in association with the American Museum of Natural History. The film is written and directed by two veteran filmmakers, Academy Award-nominated Bayley Silleck and Emmy Award-winning David Clark, with cinematography by Bill Reeve. Dinosaur animation was created by Digital Artists Montreal Network (DAMN), whose artists have previously created dinosaurs for the Discovery Channel specials about dinosaurs. Major funding was provided by the National Science Foundation with additional support from the Museum Film Network, and the 3D Film Interest Group. The film is distributed by Giant Screen Films of Evanston, IL.
Also showing is a return engagement of The Living Sea. The film is narrated by Academy Award-winning actress Meryl Streep with a soundtrack by recording artist Sting. The Living Sea celebrates the beauty, power and importance of the world's oceans. Filmed in locations around the world, the motion picture explores humankind's relationship with the sea.
These films run from Jan. 26 through May 23. Hours: Wed.-Thurs. 1 – 4 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Sun. 1 – 4 p.m. Admission: adult $7.55; senior (62+) $6.75; child (3-12) $5.95 (prices include tax). Group rates are available for groups of 12 or more.
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