Creating Dinotopia paintings has often led to strange parties in my backyard.
In the spring of 1991, I invited a whole bunch of friends to pose for a painting of a dinosaur Olympic event called Ring Riders. The painting appeared in Dinotopia: A Land Apart from Time,
Each kid chose which hat or headdress they wanted to wear. I played both actor and director while my wife Jeanette worked the camera.
One mom made a bunch of pastries and handed them out. I used that moment in the final painting.
Using chairs and cushions and cardboard rings as props, the kids took their positions, imagining they were riding on the backs of the dinosaurs. It helped when it I acted it out first, hamming it up a little to try to get them to loosen up.
A group with mismatched costumes and with varying levels of enthusiasm acted out the part of the crowd watching the sporting event. I’m sure they could sympathize with modern actors who have to emote in front of a greenscreen.
This form of group acting works especially well with young people. Chance moments and improvisations can take your conception to another level.
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Thanks, Nancy, Jake, Aliza, Judy, James, Mike, Joey, Morgan, Justin, Franklin, Jeanette, and everyone else who took part!