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Flying Monsters 3D

Flying Monsters 3D

By Patrick Samuel • March 19th, 2012
Static Mass Rating: 4/5
FLYING MONSTERS 3D (Blu-ray)
2Entertain

Release date: November 7th, 2011
Certificate (UK): U
Running time: 70 minutes

Director: Matthew Dyas

Narrator: David Attenborough

For anyone that’s grown up watching the Jurassic Park movies, read the books by Michael Crichton, collected the trading cards and can tell a Velociraptor from a Triceratops, then this is perhaps something you should see.

I admit I’m a dinosaur fan. When I was at school I drew the mighty Tyrannosaurus Rex for one of my art projects, made a clay Brachiosaurus in pottery class and bought the wooden parts each week that came with those silly magazines so I could build a Pterodactyl. Yet what always fascinated me was the idea of a winged reptile and how they made that evolutionary jump from land to air…

Flying Monsters 3D

Produced by Anthony Geffen at Atlantic Productions and directed by Matthew Dyas, this fascinating 3D documentary jumps 220 million years back in time, when dinosaurs first began their rule on Earth, to look at the pterosaurs. They were a group of reptiles that made an extraordinary leap in evolution that would see them taking to the skies where they became rulers.

Narrated by the world’s leading naturalist, Sir David Attenborough, he explains much of the science of what the planet was like back in these early times, together with the biology of these amazing creatures’ during the key steps in their evolution.

But it’s not all classroom talk. Flying Monsters takes full advantage of 3D technology with the SGO Mistika, the most powerful stereoscopic 3D toolset in the industry, to create some incredible visualisations of how these creatures might have looked, walked and flown.

Flying Monsters 3D

The dense landscape with towering trees, exotics plants and bizarre insect life, which all seem alien to us now, is nothing compared to the sight and sheer size of the wingspan of a Quetzalcoatlus. The equivalent to the size of a fully grown giraffe, its wingspan could stretch over 15 metres. The Quetzalcoatlus ruled during the Late Cretaceous period.

Other species we learn about along the way are the Dimorphodon and the beautiful red crested Darwinopterus. Admittedly, some of these creatures do look like they flew  out of Avatar (2009)!

Flying Monsters 3D

There are a few silly moments too, such as when Attenborough gleefully watches an animated creature leap out from the computer and onto a coat rack. My 8 year old nephew was not too impressed, he was waiting to see more of the flying sequences and attacks on unsuspecting land creatures.

We would have loved for Flying Monsters to have been a bit longer. It just feels a bit short to cover such a thrilling topic. The information and names of the pterosaurs might be too much for younger audiences to remember but they won’t forget how big and impressive they were.

I’m now being asked by my nephew when I’m going to take him to the Jurassic Coast of Lyme Regis to help him dig for fossils. “Just as soon as you finish helping me with this”, I tell him.

Patrick Samuel

Patrick Samuel

The founder of Static Mass Emporium and one of its Editors in Chief is an emerging artist with a philosophy degree, working primarily with pastels and graphite pencils, but he also enjoys experimenting with water colours, acrylics, glass and oil paints.

Being on the autistic spectrum with Asperger’s Syndrome, he is stimulated by bold, contrasting colours, intricate details, multiple textures, and varying shades of light and dark. Patrick's work extends to sound and video, and when not drawing or painting, he can be found working on projects he shares online with his followers.

Patrick returned to drawing and painting after a prolonged break in December 2016 as part of his daily art therapy, and is now making the transition to being a full-time artist. As a spokesperson for autism awareness, he also gives talks and presentations on the benefits of creative therapy.

Static Mass is where he lives his passion for film and writing about it. A fan of film classics, documentaries and science fiction, Patrick prefers films with an impeccable way of storytelling that reflect on the human condition.

Patrick Samuel ¦ Asperger Artist

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