Stephen Lang of 'Terra Nova'
SAN FRANCISCO - Back in January, at the Television Critics Association press tour, we got the first showcase of footage from FOX's "Terra Nova
." Sepinwall wrote about it back then.
Nearly three months later, after promises that the audience was about to get footage that hadn't been revealed anywhere previously, a Sunday (April 3) afternoon WonderCon crowd was treated to what amounted to nearly the same clip package/sizzle reel. I'd say the clip package was close to 95 percent identical to the TCA, with the only notable difference being a one or two frame glimpse at a brontosaurus and a reaction shot of several young Terra Novans staring at the brontosaurus in awe as either an homage to or outright theft from "Jurassic Park."
That's a lot of post-production time under the bridge to not be able to show potential fans anything new at all, so you'll forgive me for instinctively thinking, "Well, now we know why 'Terra Nova' isn't premiering next month." Even WonderCon attendees who didn't see the TCA footage, or the Super Bowl ad or the several promotional clips that aired on FOX before the network decided to delay the "Terra Nova" launch until fall, barely got anything to sink their teeth into.
"The bottom line is we were not confident we're going to have the visual effects done in time. There are hundreds and hundreds of visual effects shots," stated series showrunner Brannon Braga of the premiere delay. Perhaps that's why FOX hasn't teased anything more than that one T-Rex-thing attacking a Jeep and, in this sizzle reel, the brief flash of the friendlier brontosaurus. A month ago, a "Terra Nova" WonderCon panel probably seemed like a great time to really unveil a healthy serving of new footage. Now, we can assume FOX will just wait and treat Comic-Con as the show's big coming out party, just a year after "Terra Nova" was announced and then pulled from the San Diego schedule.
Director and series executive producer Alex Graves admitted that by the time production returned from Australia after shooting the pilot in December, they already knew it was unlikely they'd be able to make the scheduled May sneak.
Much of the delay was credited to research and development on the "Terra Nova" dinosaurs, which will include feathered lizards and also, in what was described as an industry first, dinosaurs realized via motion capture technology.
"It looks kind of funny to see guys in dinosaur suits walk around in front of green screen," Braga told the WonderCon crowd.
More highlights, such as there were, from the "Terra Nova" WonderCon panel, which also featured stars Jason O'Mara
and Stephen Lang
, after the break...