posted on Jan, 19 2005 @ 11:01 AM
I'm jdw. Since there are some very good comments and questions
here, I'll respond, though I do not blame any of you if you choose
not to believe some or any of my claims or opinions.
I'll not give out many details that are well covered in the web
pages which are accessed as noted at the beginning of this thread.
Those who want to investigate this subject can look through these
pages. (I'll be adding a few more pages within the next 24 hours)
This is serious research. I went to Papua New Guinea this past Sept.
I eventually arrived on Umboi Island. I interviewed many people:
perhaps 17 reliable eyewitnesses of this elusive creature they
call "ropen" on this island. There are hundreds of languages within
the many islands and "mainland" of PNG. Many names abound for what
some of us researchers consider to be one or two species of pterosaur.
On this particular island of Umboi, I discovered there is only one
such creature, though it is extremely large: According to the best
eyewitness account I have, it has a wingspan of "seven meter".
Now to your interesting comments:
"I'm just a wee leary of a cryptid hunt sponsored by a vid-production
co. Not saying they are not sincere, I think there is a possibility of
special effects coming into play at some point."
This is a very good point to investigate! I'll try to make this short
as there is so much else to say, but:
1) I have years experience in animation, though most of it has been
in 2-D (not realistic). I have used another animator's 3-D model
in creating a short 3-D animation of a pterosaur flying through
the dark. (For an earlier video I produced to raise funds for
the expedition which I've already gone on) Hopefully within the
next 18 months we will have dramatic video footage of at least
one of the "ropens" in Papua New Guinea. Objective analysis of
such future footage (together with eyewitness testimony) should
be sufficiently realistic to assure that serious investigators
will realize that my 3-D animation skills did not create anthing
that is close to a real video of a real creature. Also, should
it become feasible, and one of these creatures is a risk to some
of the local people, I believe we could get permission to try to
capture such a dangerous one. The PNG government has already given
the go-ahead for a capture through one of my predicessors. With a
live (hopefully!) creature for examination, animation questions
will vanish away, obviously!
2) My video production skills have been a great asset in a number
of ways. I also realize that a superficial glance at the fact
that a production person is exploring for pterosaurs may very
well bring people's minds to movies with realistic 3-D animation.
I feel this is best countered by putting my cards on the table
at the beginning: I am a videographer with animation skills
who is honest and wants the truth to be made known about these
creatures on Umboi Island.
3) I hope to eventually have some return on the major investment
I have made in these explorations. (I still have mortgage pmts
and a family, etc) This, I thought originally, might be from
selling videos showing the ropen. I did not obtain any such
footage, so now my main hope at financial recovery is in some
book sales in the future. (net profit is questionable, though)
4) My video skills include professional camera operation and
knowledge. (not to mention equipment) Such things are an asset
when the goal is to videotape a ropen. Nevertheless, should
I be able to go on another expedition, I would consider taking
along a wildlife photographer/videographer. This would make it
more likely that we would obtain both dramatic footage of one
of these creatures AND footage of the people exploring for it.
As this is getting very long, I'll continue later . . .