If one like me were ever to conceive a film set in a vividly imagined alternate world where dinosaurs and modern humans (rather than cavepeople) share the same environment and live together (like in James Gurney’s Dinotopia series of children’s books) as a coming of age/teen comedy/dinosaur-themed action adventure/fantasy genre mashup epic of a movie with a Phil Collins soundtrack or something like that, one might think it would be some feat to integrate all those ideas and concepts into a two-hour script or something.
Although no one have ever made a good dinosaur movie outside the Jurassic Park franchise, I hope my movie will be a different kind of dinosaur-themed action adventure fantasy, for this isn’t Gorgo (1961), or Godzilla (known in its indigenous Japan as Gojira) (1954), or One Million Years B.C. (1966), or When Dinosaurs Ruled The Earth (1971), or The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953), or Dinosaurus! (1960) or The Flintstones (1960-66) or the 1925 silent version of The Lost World or even the 1933 King Kong Classic or Jurassic Park (1993), but the audience also has to believe in order to take the journey, and I hope an audience will still buy into the most far fetched fantasy, if it is done seriously right and if it is done with a lot of truly believable credibility.
And hopefully, it would be a handsome production to look at, hopefully with a smart script. exceptional cast (both young and old) and dinosaurs that will hopefully be among the most superb ever done outside the Jurassic Park franchise.
The main character will be an adventurous dinosaur-wrestling teenage guy named Jack Skylar, who is also known to his peers and even his neighbors as “Mighty Jack”, and that is because, between school hours or so, he will spend his time playing (and wrestling) with the dinosaurs that shares the alternate world apart from time that he knew, sorta like a modern teenage version of Crocodile Dundee, but I think Jack Skylar will be playing/wrestling with dinosaurs great and small instead of Crocodile Dundee wrestling/playing with the Australian wildlife. Here is what my ideal Jack Skylar may potentially look like:
Now, as for the dinosaur-human interactions in Mighty Jack Skylar, the interactions between humans and dinos should look to James Gurney’s aforementioned Dinotopia series for inspiration more often than in the more popular (and escapist) Jurassic Park or even in the older, more cartoony Flintstones.
I repeat: despite being in a more modern sense or so, the interaction between humans and dinosaurs in Mighty Jack Skylar should look to the Dinotopia series for inspiration, sorta like these scenes from the aformentioned series:
Yeah, even if I use the Dinotopia series as inspiration, I always want to give the dinosaur themed action adventure fantasy genre a unique twist by bolting it to some kind of coming of age or high school teen comedy (and even combining the two), with pathos, some elements of the aforementioned Dinotopia and even some songs from pop singer/composer Phil Collins thrown in and drenching the whole hopefully with an eye popping, colorfully vibrant visual composition style that may hopefully equal visual beauty and visual spectacle (and hopefully, it’ll be almost as if any or every frame of my movie could be hung up on display in an art gallery or art museum, down to the set design and production design, the live action and especially to the CGI and Animatronic Dinosaurs).
And it will hopefully be a pleasure to realize that even the human characters in a dinosaur movie like Mighty Jack Skylar would also become real and you will actually care about what happen to any of them.
If the screenplay’s superior, then hopefully, it will provide great opportunities for the actors, young and old, and hopefully, they won’t disappoint.
The production for Mighty Jack Skylar would also hopefully be a fine example of how to include bits of slapstick teen comedy humor without resorting to the dreaded comedy relief character that plagued so many dinosaur movies and especially without resorting to the raunchy gross-out humor (and that means no fart/excretion jokes, no vulgarity and especially no profanity) that plagued even most comedies these days. And besides the actors and the dinosaurs, credit should hopefully be due to the production design, the live action and special effects photography (no matter how manipulated they may be on the computer) and even the beautiful live action landscapes (scanned, stitched together and enhanced digitally, or sometimes combined with miniatures and CG elements to create the film’s settings, though they may be) for giving my picture such a rather opulent look and feel; along with the production values of both glossy big studio films and scrappy, misfit idiosyncratic independent films, Mighty Jack Skylar should also hopefully have the true look and feel a big theatrical big screen glossy studio film release, only more eye-popping in a more vibrantly colorful, more visually spectacular/beautiful composition-y sense.
And hopefully, in terms of being unimpeachably convincing, the dinosaur effects in Mighty Jack Skylar (which should not be all-CGI like in Jurassic World or the infamous Walking with Dinosaurs 3D movie from 2013) but should rather follow the example of the first three Jurassic Park films and the original BBC Walking with Dinosaurs TV show, certainly as far as being represented by both CGI animation (for fully body shots) as well as live action animatronic puppetry and animatronic components (for closeup shots and closeup body parts)) can hopefully be matched or perhaps just barely topped only by the aforementioned Jurassic Park movies. And the Mesozoic creatures in the world of Mighty Jack Skylar should hopefully be hugely impressive in their appearance, their movement, and even their behavior, and the major set pieces will be supplemented by a sizable helping of atmospheric cameo appearances or walkthroughs.
The sound design people should continue a time-proven technique/practice that had endured since the early days of sound in movies, which is the use of real animal noises in the creation of fantasy creature noises, on the big movie theater screen for Mighty Jack Skylar, even though Jurassic Park had already set the bar decades before in terms of giving the public a notion of what a dinosaur should sound like when it make noise, and the compositing of the dinosaurs with the sets and location landscapes should be as seamless as but also as flawless as the animals’ designs.
((There will finally be a feathered movie Velociraptor that should really look like a real Velociraptor like in this image below))
And hopefully, best of all, along with the bits of more slapstick teen comedy humor, Mighty Jack Skylar should never forget the awe-and-wonder factor as well–the more “wow”-inducing moments which are all too scarce in the otherwise amazing Jurassic Park movies (and especially Jurassic World).
A running time of two hours or more should be appropriate for Mighty Jack Skylar and should never seem overlong, and hopefully, the believable flesh and blood characters should build and maintain interest before and even between the dinosaurs’ appearances, and the movie's exploration of human qualities will hopefully be thoughtful as well, even if it’ll be a mix of dinosaur themed action adventure fantasy and coming of age/high school teen comedy.
But be warned, for because I am still inexperienced and hadn’t directed, produce, edit, or even work with the sound design or creature creation people on a feature film before, or maybe not yet, then making, developing, writing, putting together, perfecting, and even completing Mighty Jack Skylar should take a whole ten to twelve years for me to finish, so there’ll be lots of pruning, polishing, and even embellishing for me to do in order for Mighty Jack Skylar to journey from idea to screen.
But hopefully, this would be great and awesome and epic and cool and all, or would it?
Sorry it is a long post, and you don’t have to read all of it if you want, but what do you think?