Silleck and producer David Clark shot the 40-minute documentary during a Mad Max-like journey to regions where tons of prehistoric fossils have been unearthed -- like the barren, dusty Gobi Desert in Mongolia and the equally gritty badlands of New Mexico. The filmmakers then added animation over the footage, and voila! -- velociraptors, protoceratops, and seismosauruses build nests, take care of their young, and fight predators. Were constantly hearing that they died out, and they were big, dumb, slow animals, says Silleck, who snagged an Oscar nomination in 1996 for directing another IMAX pic, Cosmic Voyage, about the vastness of the universe. These dinosaurs were extremely agile and intelligent.
Sillecks fascination with primitive creatures dates to his childhood, when he would marvel at the dino exhibits at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. All these years later, he says hes still knocked out when he hears reports that 98 percent of dinosaur remains still havent been uncovered. Im certainly no different than other kids, but Im obsessed with them, says Silleck. Theres nothing like a dinosaur with huge teeth to fire your imagination.
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