My first panel of the day was for Steven Spielberg's long awaited sci-fi series Terra Nova, which stars Jason O'Mara and Stephen Lang. The only star among the panel was Lang along with producers Rene Echevarria, Brandon Braga, Kevin Blank and Jose Molina. Unlike many panels, we were treated to the entire first half of the pilot episode. Unfortunately, producer Steven Spielberg was not on hand to talk about the show, but his imprint was evident in the pilot episode.
All I can say is that everything about this show, from the pracitcal sets to the CGI, is EPIC. The dinosaurs are amazing, the CGI looks as though a lot of time and money was spent in their creation. The Australian locations look simply beautiful and I can not wait to see more of it. This is going to be one heck of a cool show to watch on a weekly basis.
Here is an official description of the show:
The producers talked about the different worlds between working on a show like 24 to working in this type of world.
They talked a bit about the creation of dinosaurs and how its a challenge to do on a TV schedule. Jose Molina said "Its a dinosaur show, you're going to see a ton of dinosaurs". He went on to say that there will many more times dinosaurs eat people and says that there will be plent of "Dino on Man action"
Steven Lang talked about his role and the intended creation of an enigmatic character. The challenge is to create a weekly event show to create a "mythic arc" for the series. He then talked a bit about the focus and imagination that went into working with the CGI dinosaurs and that it was similar to working with Avatar.
The show will focus on the Shannon family led by the character played by Jason O Mara. The show will also focus on a mysterious tribe known as the "Sixers", a tribe that has broken off from the Terra Nova colony.
Ecchevaria then talked about how Steven Spielberg put the producers in touch with the same experts that were behind making Jurassic Park as real as possible. The dinosaurs look amazing and the CGI really looks fabulous, and it shows.