On Labour Day 1972, a middle-school science teacher on a picnic with friends stumbled upon a bone fragment in a shallow creek. Following the trail of bones until it ended he traced the origin up a 10-metre cliff and saw the exposed remains of what would become a new Ceratopsian dinosaur and one of the largest bone beds ever discovered.
Follow the Bones unravels the mystery of a 73 million year old bone bed – a place where hundreds of dinosaurs died en masse. Tucked into a cliff that overlooks Pipestone Creek in Northern Alberta, the story follows the bones through the hands of amateurs, archivists, palaeontologists, curators and exhibit designers. The bones, lost in the archives for close to a decade, rediscovered by a curious researcher and then painstakingly pieced together, tell us what it takes to build a world-class museum in a town of 1,300 people. The film (part graphic novel, part creative non-fiction and part documentary) follows a cast of characters all over Alberta from soggy, insect-infested forests in the north, to the scorching heat of Dinosaur Provincial Park in the south, in search of what it takes to live a life of adventure and curiosity.
The doc is shot and directed by Terry O'Neill and Tara Cooper. The illustrations are by Mr. Ben Shannon, and the soundtrack is composed by Ken Myhr. The documentary will premiere early Spring 2017.
Special thanks to the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum.
Extra special thanks to the Ontario Arts Council for funding this project, it wouldn't have happened without them!