PUTTING DINOS IN CON­TEXT

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Steve Back­shall is bring­ing di­nosaurs back to life in his new movie, but this is no Juras­sic Park.

The award-win­ning pre­sen­ter and ad­ven­turer, best known for his Deadly 60 TV se­ries, is on a quest to find the world’s dead­li­est di­nosaur.

In his ex­plorer’s Dino Den, Steve brings di­nosaurs back to life with cut­ting-edge CGI.

Out­side the lab, the spec­ta­cle is cranked up in a se­ries of epic stunts, which re­veal the raw power and scale of the largest rep­tiles to ever roam the earth.

“This is the re­sult of a re­ally con­certed ef­fort to make some­thing just about di­nosaurs and put them into con­text,” he says.

“We’ve cre­ated ma­chines to do the things di­nosaurs used to do. Palaeon­tol­ogy is a sci­ence of gaps, a sci­ence of try­ing to read the holes in the fos­sil record. We’re fill­ing in those gaps with ma­chin­ery.”

In a junk­yard in the south of Eng­land, Back­shall lives out ev­ery boy’s dream of build­ing ro­botic di­nosaurs.

“We built these mon­ster ma­chines to em­u­late the ac­tions of the big­gest and most fright­en­ing di­nosaurs. It’s ab­so­lutely amaz­ing stuff,” he says.

“For in­stance, we built a mas­sive foot at­tached to a hugely pow­ered ma­chine and we’re us­ing that to cre­ate the stomp force of a Car­char­o­don­tosaurus.

“We also recre­ate the swing force of an Anky­losaurus tail.

“We built dozens of these (ma­chines) and use them to ba­si­cally de­stroy stuff.

“We smashed up heaps of junk­yard cars.” Deadly Di­nosaurs is in cin­e­mas now

Steve Back­shall stars in Deadly Di­nosaurs.

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