Alex Benjamin

is creating a dinosaur documentary

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Dinosaur Hatchling

$5
per month
Some of the exclusive photos will include behind the scenes stuff that will not be visible to the public eye for quite some time. You will even get to see stuff like storyboards for scenes in the series.
  • Exclusive Digital HD posters, photos, and renders
  • Name in the Credits
  • HD Download of Full Series Upon Completion
  • Early access to view animal concept art and storyboards

Juvenile

$10
per month
"Patron-only voting power (for animal colorations)" means that patrons will have a say in which color concept for an animal (there are always many) will be the one used on the official model for the series via a voting poll.
There will be many completed animal models that won't be revealed to the public for some time after being finished. However, by subcribing to this tier, you will be able to see them in all of their glory before anyone else.
  • Patron-only voting power (for animal colorations)
  • Name in the Credits
  • HD Download of Full Series Upon Completion
  • Early access to view animal concept art and storyboards
  • Early Access to view completed animal 3D models
  • Exclusive Digital HD posters, photos, and renders

Subadult

$15
per month
By subscribing to this tier, you will be able to view WIP pictures of the animal models as they are being done! You will be able to see what animals models are being worked on before they are even completed.
You will also have access to monthly Q&A streams where you will be able to interact with and ask questions directly to the director of this project, Alex.
  • Patron-only voting power (for animal colorations)
  • Name in the Credits
  • HD Download of Full Series Upon Completion
  • Early access to view animal concept art and storyboards
  • Early Access to view completed animal 3D models
  • Access to Live Monthly Q&A Streams
  • Access to view work-in-progress animal 3D models
  • Exclusive Digital HD posters, photos, and renders

Adult

$20
per month
Subscribing to this tier will get you early access to completed scenes and clips from the documentary once they are done that will not be seen by the general public until the full episode is released.
The exclusive audio commentary tracks will be done by Alex for each episode once it is finished and will reveal behind the scenes information and talk about why we made some of the scientific and storytelling decisions we did.
  • Name in the Credits
  • Patron-only voting power (for animal colorations)
  • HD Download of Full Series Upon Completion
  • Early access to view animal concept art and storyboards
  • Early Access to view completed animal 3D models
  • Access to view work-in-progress animal 3D models
  • Access to Live Monthly Q&A Streams
  • Early Access to view completed animation clips
  • Exclusive audio commentary track for each episode
  • Exclusive Digital HD posters, photos, and renders

Apex Predator

$30
per month
With this tier, you will be able to see work-in-progress clips of the animation; you will not have to wait until a scene is completed to see it, unlike the previous tier, so updates will be more frequent.
You will also get a free digital download of the complete soundtrack (you will also be able to listen to individual music tracks once they are finished without having to wait for the full soundtrack to be released) and a free physical poster.
  • Name in the Credits
  • Patron-only voting power (for animal colorations)
  • HD Download of Full Series Upon Completion
  • Early access to view animal concept art and storyboards
  • Early Access to view completed animal 3D models
  • Access to Live Monthly Q&A Streams
  • Access to work-in-progress animation clips
  • Early Access to view completed animation clips
  • Access to view work-in-progress animal 3D models
  • Exclusive audio commentary track for each episode
  • Free Digital Copy of Dinosauria OST
  • Exclusive Digital HD posters, photos, and renders
Exclusive Poster
Fulfilled by Patreon
A physical copy of the official Dinosauria poster!

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About Alex Benjamin

What is this project?

Dinosauria: Ascension, Domination, Downfall
 (or just Dinosauria) is an upcoming prehistoric wildlife documentary series that aims to be aims to be the most scientifically accurate, up-to-date and compelling dinosaur documentary to date. It will focus on dinosaurs and other animals from the Mesozoic era, showcasing the entirety of the dinosaurs dominion over Earth.


Official Poster by Prehistorica

Dinosauria will consist of 10 episodes, each one taking place in a different time and location in the Mesozoic (one episode in the Chinle Formation, another in the Morrison Formation, another in the Hell Creek Formation, etc.). These episodes will be around 30 minutes long, and will be produced with realistic looking CGI (Unreal Engine will be used). Think like Walking with Dinosaurs, but bigger in scope and updated to current scientific rigor. It, as a whole, cover the entirety of life in the Mesozoic, and thus will not shy away from showing a great diversity of prehistoric animals, and will feature many animals almost never shown in popular media.


Official Tyrannosaurus Model by Sergi

Our team is striving to create a documentary that does several crucial things we believe are essential to making an exemplary natural history documentary like this:

  1. Accurately showcasing the Mesozoic era (the era often dubbed "the age of the dinosaurs") and the animals that lived in it in all of their glory, portraying dinosaurs and other Mesozoic reptiles like pterosaurs, plesiosaurs, etc. as the real animals they actually were. Our documentary will NOT portray these beautiful creatures as inept, dull, obsolete monsters that constantly got into violent fights, but as powerful, extremely successful and active animals that practice many behaviors modern animals do today. Our documentary will educate it's viewers on these animals' evolution, anatomical features, diet, their ecological relationships with other animals, possible social lives with members of their own kind, how their environment affected the way they lived, how they hunted, fought, reproduced, and much more.
  2. Creating riveting stories that engage viewers into the world these animals lived in. We want to produce episodes that not only educate, but excite and captivate our audience with scenarios that invoke sympathy for the animals. Our goal is to make a documentary that will be exhilarating, beautiful, thrilling, and even sometimes heart-wrenching; a magnificent, awe-inspiring masterpiece not seen since BBC's award-winning mini-series Walking with Dinosaurs.
  3. Using filmmaking techniques that make the series feel not like a bunch of people created a computer-generated world with CG dinosaurs, but rather that a filming crew traveled back in time and filmed real dinosaurs and their coinhabitants in their environments, just like how modern nature documentary makers produce their documentaries. This was the mindset behind the production of Walking with Dinosaurs and our team believes that it's one of the major reasons as to why it worked so well. Dinosauria will be directed and written in a way that makes it feel like a real nature documentary, the only difference being the subject matter is prehistoric life rather then modern day life. It will feel like the animals write the story, not us.
  4. Not refraining from showing natural world at both its most beautiful and its most cruel. Dinosauria will be bold and uncensored when it comes to depicting the biology of these animals and nature in general. The team behind Dinosauria understands that the natural world should not be censored, as doing so leads to the loss of knowledge and would be blatantly ignorant. What will be shown is the truth of what the natural world is like, and the natural world, while exquisite, can also be cruel, graphic. We do not care about any controversy showing violence or mating may bring and we will not hold back. However, we also will not depict these things in a way too dramatic or "in your face" way. Rather, these will be shown as natural events, just like everything else shown in the documentary.
  5. Educating audiences not only on the large animals, but also the smaller fauna and the flora (plant life) of the Mesozoic. Dinosauria will not be dumb entertainment for children that just shows big "cool" dinosaurs fight in vicious mortal kombat matches, but rather it will educate viewers on the real extraordinary world of the Mesozoic, showing the mighty dinosaurs, pterosaurs, and sea reptiles of the Mesozoic in all their glory but also not shying away from the other animal and plant life around them. The small animals will be given just as much attention as the huge ones.
Our goal with Dinosauria is to apply and even further improve all of the things that made Walking with Dinosaurs so great (the things above) to Dinosauria, learn from its mistakes, while also having its own identity that will make it memorable and distinct (none of the episodes stories will be ripped straight from Walking with Dinosaurs). This will be a remarkable documentary on it's own that will be remembered fondly for years to come.

You can view more information about the project on it's website: https://dinosauriadocumentary.com


Work-in-progress for one of Dinosauria's scenes

Why does this page exist?

The purpose of this page is to raise funds for producing the series. Thus far, everything that has been made for the project, whether it be the animal models that have been completed thus far or the animation of a scene that is still in progress (and will hopefully be finished in the coming months), has been paid for out of the director's personal pocket. However, while the director will continue to support the project financially as much as possible, he needs your help to make Dinosauria, his life's dream and the passion project of not only himself, but over 50 other people that have joined Dinosauria's development team, and something we guarantee will be everything a paleo-enthusiast could ask for, a reality. A project of this scope will not be able to be completed without some financial support.

Funds from this page will go towards paying for:
-Animal and Plant 3D Models and their Rigs
-The Animation of those models
-CG Environments
-Music (this series will have it's own OST)

In return for your financial support, we guarantee a finished product along with the rewards in the tiers above.
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By becoming a patron, you'll instantly unlock access to 17 exclusive posts
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5
Videos

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