Martin Wil­liams

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Broadcast Reviews - MARTIN WIL­LIAMS is ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer of Re­dis­cov­er­ing T. rex.

Why make this film now?

There have been many discoveries about T. rex in re­cent years, and there will un­doubt­edly be many more. There just comes a point when a story is worth telling.

You’re ‘tak­ing on Hol­ly­wood’ with your own T. rex model. Just how am­bi­tious is this?

Ex­traor­di­nar­ily! Our aim is to cre­ate a fully an­i­mated 3D crea­ture. It will be the cul­mi­na­tion of all the discoveries in­ves­ti­gated in the film, and needs to look and move like a real an­i­mal. CGI is very pun­ish­ing when it comes to bud­gets, but as we are con­cen­trat­ing on just one species, we have been able to throw all our re­sources into get­ting the de­tail as ac­cu­rate as pos­si­ble, down to the tex­ture of its feath­ers and how the mus­cles vi­brate when it puts its foot down.

What is the most in­ter­est­ing piece of sci­ence in the film?

For me, it’s when we at­tempt to recre­ate the call of a T. rex. We use sound equip­ment to lower the pitch of a Chi­nese al­li­ga­tor call, and it's the most ex­cit­ing mo­ment in the film. Fos­sils of­fer noth­ing phys­i­cal as to how an an­i­mal might have sounded, but CT scans of a T. rex’s in­ner ear re­veal that it likely com­mu­ni­cated us­ing sub­sonic calls rather than roar­ing like a lion.

What is the big­gest pre­con­cep­tion about T. rex that is turned on its head?

That it was a stupid an­i­mal with a peabrain. Sci­ence is telling us that it was ac­tu­ally a very in­tel­li­gent preda­tor.

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