Why is this series called "Through the Eyes of Dinosaurs"?
It is called Through the Eyes of Dinosaurs because the documentary is going to be made in an immersive way so that it feels like you're in the Mesozoic world among the dinosaurs. By watching the dinosaurs live their daily lives and exploring each of the places they live its going to almost feel like you're an inhabitant of that world, watching the dinosaurs around you. It is not going to be a series in which all of the episodes are POV shots from a particular dinosaur, though each episode will have a protagonist that is followed throughout most of the episode (and sometimes there will even be two), rather it is titled this because it's going to feel like you're there with them.
When will the documentary be finished?
The episodes will be released one at a time as soon as they're finished (meaning the first episode will be released as soon as its done, and then work on the second episode will begin), so the time it takes for the entire series to be complete will depend on how long each episode takes to produce. We're hoping to have the first episode released by the end of 2022.
Where will I be able to watch the documentary once it's out?
We will upload the completed episodes onto our YouTube channel.
Will the documentary cost money to watch?
Yes. We're sorry if this is disappointing, but the people behind this project are investing a ton of time and money into it, and we cannot afford to have no return on investment, especially since the money made from each episode will be used to fund the next one.
Besides, our goal here is to create a professional, high quality nature documentary, and thus it will be treated as such, both in how well-made it is and how it's released.
What will the price be?
The price for each individual episode will be $2, meaning the whole series, once finished, will be $20.
However, during our upcoming IndieGoGo crowdfunding campaign we'll be offering it for a special $15 price ($5 off the whole series), so if you want the entire series for a discounted price be on the lookout for it! If you pre-order the whole series for that price during the campaign, you will be given the episodes for free as they are made.
How many episodes will there be? How will the series be formatted?
There will be 10 episodes, and each one will take place in a different time and ecosystem (a lot like Walking with Dinosaurs did). For example, the second episode will take place in the Chinle Formation, 220 million years ago in the Late Triassic Period, the fourth will be set in the Morrison Formation,150 million years ago in the Late Jurassic Period, and the final episode will be set in the Hell Creek Formation, 66 million years ago at the tail end of the Cretaceous Period.
There will of course be more episodes then these, some of which taking place in formations not seen before in paleo-documentaries, but we're not going to reveal those just yet (let's just say there are things we'd like to keep a surprise).
Are you accepting more people onto the production team?
Absolutely! If you have a skill that would help us produce this project, please don't hesitate to fill out our Join Team form on our Team page.
How will this project be funded?
We currently have a page on Patreon on which you can support us. You can find it here: https://www.patreon.com/dinosauriadocumentary
Additionally, once a scene currently being produced by one of our animators is completed and released (which will work not only as a scene in the actual documentary, but also as a teaser and proof of concept), we will also begin a crowdfunding campaign on IndieGoGo.
Contributing to our campaign and Patreon page will allow you access to exclusive content (the amount of content a backer will have access to will depend on how much money is being pledged), such as:
Being able to purchase the entire series in advance for a discounted price ($15 instead of $20)
Early access to pictures of work-in-progress and completed animal models that won't be revealed to the public for some time
Exclusive access to view bits and pieces of scenes from the series as they are being completed
Exclusive behind the scenes information (you'll hear about what episodes and animals our series will have before anyone else)
Exclusive HD posters, concept art, and photos/renders (including an exclusive physical poster you can hang on your wall!)
Exclusive audio commentary tracks done by Alex for when the episode's are done (which will reveal behind the scenes information and talk about why we made some of the scientific and storytelling decisions we did)
Monthly Q&A streams where patrons can ask Alex questions about the documentary
Will the series be filmed on location?
No, the entire series will be CGI. In the very early days of Through the Eyes of Dinosaurs, filming on location was actually something taken into consideration (briefly), as it does contribute to the very realistic look of Walking with Dinosaurs (Dinosauria's inspiration) and WWD has often been praised for that. However, multiple factors have led to the decision that the scenery will be CGI.
First, the practicality. Not only do the personal lives of the documentary's team make it impossible for even the essential members to have the time to fly to different places around the world and film on location, but that also adds a tremendous amount of additional costs that would also be impossible for our team. Filming on location actually costs much more then CGI environments, and CGI environments also allow for our team members to work together online without intruding on personal lives to the extent that flying to different parts of the world would.
Second, the scientific accuracy. Filming in real locations does mean sacrificing accuracy, as the flora that is around today was not the flora that was around in the Mesozoic. Yes, there are still some conifer forests and fern prairies around today (though they are rare), but they aren't the same species that were around during the Mesozoic (for example, the species Araucaria araucana is commonly seen on dinosaur documentaries and paleo art, but wasn't actually around when dinosaurs existed; it is an extremely derived species that's very different the Araucaria in the Mesozoic). However, having CGI environments allows us to have not only completely accurate flora, but also a completely accurate environment in general. We will be free to create the environments as we please, and complete scientific accuracy is what suits our fancy.
Finally, CGI has progressed so much that even freelancers (like the ones that work on Through the Eyes of Dinosaurs) that aren't even part of a studio are able to create incredibly convincing CGI that just wasn't possible back then, but is possible now. Therefore, the environments being CGI is not an issue in terms of how realistic the documentary will look, and it will still look fantastic.
Through cinematography and amazing, realistic-looking computer-generated models and environments, we will ensure that Through the Eyes of Dinosaurs, will be as immersive as Walking with Dinosaurs, and will look like we actually filmed real life dinosaurs in the real Mesozoic.
Will the dinosaurs in the documentary have feathers?
Absolutely! Our absolute top priority when it comes to making this series isn't sensationalism (trying to make things as cool as possible at the expense of scientific accuracy) but ensuring scientific accuracy across the board. This means that we won't let Jurassic Park nostalgia get in the way of reconstructing the dromaeosaurs (or as they're usually called, "raptors") in our documentary with feathers, or other theropods for that matter.
In fact, in general our documentary will not give into pop-culture clichés, like portraying all dromaeosaurs as pack hunters, portraying large theropod dinosaurs as monsters that just fight, roar, and kill all the time (and never fail at it either), giving sauropods elephant feet, depicting iguanodonts and hadrosaurs as wimps that are easy meals for theropod predators, getting pterosaur anatomy wrong in every conceivable way, etc. This documentary will reconstruct these animals as they were in reality, in terms of both anatomy and behavior.
However, while we definitely consider depicting certain dinosaur groups with feathers important (especially coelurosaurian theropods with the exception of tyrannosaurids; our Tyrannosaurus model doesn't have a huge feather coat, rather sparse protofeathers like elephant hair), we won't go overboard with the feathers to the point of absurdity. You won't see any sauropods, thyreophorans (stegosaurs and ankylosaurs), or even allosauroids and ceratosaurids, with feathers in our documentary.