Friday, August 8, 2014

Rerun Article: The Weirdest Dinosaur You've Never Heard Of

Hi guys and gals! You'll  be glad to know that "production" on my next episode of Animal Face-Off season 2, Carnotaurus vs. Cryolophosaurus is coming along pretty great. I'm probably around 50% finished; all the pictures for the stop-motion have been taken. I am hoping to get another episode out as well before the end of the month. We are also making steady progress on the upcoming Christmas drama at our church: The Cheatham's: Howey's Wedding Celebration. I'll tell you more about that a little later though. This week, for a Topic of the Week, I decided to rerun one of the first articles I've ever published on this blog. It's short, but I think it's kind of cool. Hope you all like it! In the meantime, let's get on to our . . .

Days till:
It is: 24 days till Labor Day
It is: 36 days till Patriot Day
It is: 37 days till Dolphin Tale 2's release

In the Spotlight:
As usual, there's a ton of updates on Jurassic World, the soon-to-be-released fourth installment in the Jurassic Park franchise. Not a lot of news-news this week, if you know what I mean, but quite a few pictures from production, plus some surprise actual news near the end!

First off, I'd like to bring your attention to this picture:

Vincent D'Onofrio, Jake Johnson and Lauren Lapkus (I don't know the name of the guy next to D'Onofrio) in Jurassic World's control room. Notice the book with Dr. Ian Malcolm on it on the right side of the picture on the desk.
This picture features some of the movie's cast members in the control room set. The featured cast here are: Vincent D'Onofrio, Jake Johnson and Lauren Lapkus. I'm expecting some exciting scenes to take place in the control room, as this is where the "magic" to run the park takes place. Of course, this is just speculation, but I suspect Jake Johnson and Lauren Lapkus' characters will be working in the control room.

Also, in a recent interview with, Chris Pratt has given some clues into the personality of the person he's portraying, named Owen. You can read what he had to say here:
"In Jurassic World, the character is unlike any other one I’ve played and he’s not like Peter Quill. There’s not much humour, I think he’s a little more John Wayne than Marty McFly. He’s deadly serious. There are comedic elements in the film, just not coming from my character. Jake Johnson has a funny role and there’s that release valve of comedy throughout the course of the movie. It’s similar to the original Jurassic Park in that way, how you had Samuel L. Jackson and Wayne Knight. There’s humour but then, from page 25 on, there’s not that much to laugh about. I’m watching people get eaten and I’m trying to save the lives of thousands of people."
I'm looking forward to seeing Owen in the film.

Now, for the final big news . . . possibly the one of the most important pieces of news regarding Jurassic World . . . THEY'VE FINISHED FILMING!!! Yes, you read right! The shooting of the film was finished on August 5th. After 12 long years of waiting, Jurassic World will march into the post-production stage in which all the hard work of filming will come together into something utterly amazing. To celebrate, Producer Frank Marshall has posted this picture on Twitter:
Jurassic World's final scene has been shot!!!
Anyone's guess what's taking place in this scene, but I think it's going to be exciting, especially since there's a stunt coordinator involved. This picture also reveals that though rumor has it that Bryce Dallas Howard's character would be named Beth, her name is actually going to be Claire.

Last but not least, Trevorrow himself confirms the film has finished the filming stage with this picture he posted on Twitter:
That's a wrap!
So there you have it! Jurassic World is finished filming and is on to the next stage of production: post-production. I don't know for sure whether or not the rate of updates on the film will increase or decrease for the next several months or not. I hope not, so long as there aren't loads of spoilers. When it's around five to seven months till the movie is released, be expecting lots of promotional material: teasers, trailers and interviews on YouTube, and then later on toys and games. I can't wait for this movie to be released! It will be so exciting! Remember, Jurassic World will come out on June 12, 2015. But until that day comes, August 5th, 2014 is a day to remain in our memories!

Topic of the Week by Christian Ryan
You know, a lot of people have no clue how many dinosaurs are discovered each year. As a matter of fact, on an average basis, a new species is found ever six to seven weeks. Of course, most people don't hear of these "new dinosaurs". Most people really only know of a few:

  • Tyrannosaurus rex
  • Triceratops
  • Brontosaurus (which is now an incorrect name)
  • Velociraptor
  • Brachiosaurus
  • Stegosaurus
  • Pterodactyl (which is not a dinosaur since dinosaurs are only land animals)
So what is the "weirdest dinosaur you've never heard of"? Well, it is also one of the most recently discovered dinosaurs (I think you'll agree that it's one of the weirdest). It's called Concavenator (Con-cave-en-aa-tore). Concavenator was discovered in 2010. This is one of the weirdest of all dinosaurs because God created these guys with a hump! I'm surprised it wasn't named Camelosaurus.

Concavenator is a relation to the more famous Allosaurus. Scientists are unsure of the use of its hump, but they speculate it was used either for display (attracting mates and deterring rivals) or to store energy like a camel does in its hump. Like all animals when originally created, Concavenator would have eaten plants. After the Fall, when the first people brought sin and death into the world however, Concavenator would have probably eaten a lot of shellfish, fish, and whatever it could find along the seashore.

Disclaimer: Many (or in some cases all) of the photographs and images above are not mine. If you own one or more of them and would like them to be removed, politely let me know via one or both of the email addresses above.

No comments:

Post a Comment