Research II

Below is the research that I did for our second presentation. I read several books based around the anatomy of storyboards and different camera angles and techniques that filmmakers use. I made notes on them and shared them with the group so that we had an equal footing.

We all mentioned The Land Before Time as one of our favourite dinosaur films and this made me dig out my VHS of it and try to watch it. It kept flipping jumping which was frustrating but I did find out that the franchise is still going! Apparently a few more films are to be released soon, I knew there was a TV series that was going but I’m surprised that they are still making films of it.

I looked up different styles of dinosaurs, and dinosaurs that would have been alive at the time of the Cretaceous Era to see what the environment was like and what other species we could have as another character alongside our T-Rex. I do kind of want a Pterodactyl (specifically a Hatzegopteryx) but that isn’t really simple.

I also cited Rayman as one of our influences in the design of our characters as we now want our dinosaur to have floating feet.



Block, B (2008). The Visual Story: Creating the Visual Structure of Film, TV and Digital Media. Oxford: Elsevier. p3-288.

Byrne, M. T (1999). Animation: the art of layout and storyboarding: complete step-by-step techniques in drawing layout and storyboards for classical, TV and computer game animation. 2nd ed. Kildare: Leixlip. p1-187.

Cristiano, G (2007). The Storyboard Design Course. London: Thames & Hudson. p10-178.


The Land Before Time (1988) VHS. Directed by Don Bluth. United States of America: Universal Pictures.


Figure 1. Rayman. (1995) From: Rayman. Directed by Michel Ancel and Serge Hascoët. [Game Still] Milan. Ubisoft Milan. At: Last accessed: 8th Mar 2015.

Figure 2. TwoAnimators! Monster Dinos (2010) [Digital Drawing] Last accessed 9th Mar 2015.

Figure 3. Wall Monkeys Cartoon Green, Blue Baby Dinosaur  (2013) [Wall Graphic] Last accessed 9th Mar 2015.

Figure 4. BBC, Pterosaur Size Range (2014) [Digital Drawing] Last accessed 9th Mar 2015.


BBC Nature. (2014). Cretaceous period videos, news and facts.Available: Last accessed 7th March 2015.

BBC. (2014). Cretaceous-Tertiary mass extinction. Available:–Tertiary_extinction_event. Last accessed 9th Mar 2015.

BBC. (2014). Pterosaurs. Available: Last accessed 9th Mar 2015.

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