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New York Comic Con (NYCC) Once Upon a Time & Terra Nova Panels

Posted by The Obscured Vixen on October 22, 2011

While at New York Comic Con (NYCC), I sat on a number of panels; two of which were for TV.

The first panel of the weekend that I sat on was ‘Once Upon a Time:’
Calling all “Lost” fans – join creators and executive producers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz (“Lost” and “Tron: Legacy”) as they introduce you to the magical story of two parallel worlds: one in a distant fairytale land, the other in a present-day reality. Following the exclusive screening of the pilot, Eddy and Adam will participate in a Q&A panel moderated by Matt Mitovich, Editor-at-Large for TVLine.com, about this modern fairytale turned on its head. Arrive early for exclusive magic mirrors!

We were able to watch the pilot a week before it premiers! It was great, and I cannot wait to see the rest of the season. It is extremely well cast, and has a great story line already.  The only thing I would change is Jennifer Goodwin’s short hair.  She looks so much better with the wavy long wig!

The premise of the pilot was Snow White and Prince Charming must protect their newborn baby, Emma, from being taken by the evil queen. To save her, Emma is placed inside an enchanted chest made from a special tree and sent to Earth. Both of the actors were displayed in both the ‘storybook world’ and on Earth (like the sideways world on Lost).

The creators and executive producers of the show released a few Easter Eggs that they hid in the pilot for all those Lost fans. Keep an eye out for this when you watch the pilot:
1) Emma Swan is named after the Swan Station
2) Henry is named after Henry Gale
3) The house address is 108, which was the countdown for the clock in the hatch
4) There is a clock frozen at 8:15, which is the Oceanic flight number

The next morning I sat in on the ‘Terra Nova’ panel:
Join Executive Producer Brannon Braga (Star Trek: Enterprise, 24) and stars Jason O’Mara (Life on Mars) and Stephen Lang (Avatar) of FOX’s hit sci-fi adventure series for a sneak peek screening of the upcoming episode “The Runaway” followed by a fan Q&A and moderated discussion with TV Guide Magazine’s Rich Sands. 85 million years in the making, this new event drama from the brilliant minds of Steven Spielberg (Jurassic Park, The Pacific) and Peter Chernin, follows an ordinary family on an extraordinary journey back in time to prehistoric Earth as a part of a massive expedition to save the human race.

We were able to watch the next episode of Terra Nova before it aired with Jason O’Mara, Stephen Lang, and Brannon Braga. They said we laughed in all the appropriate places : )  I must say that both actors look much better in person than on TV!

Upcoming this season, there will be more tension growing between Jim and Taylor. Taylor’s history will remain a mystery for a while longer, but he does have a pure heart. The only thing we don’t know is if he’s being true, or manipulating everyone. Around episode 13, Taylor’s true side will be revealed.

When the actors read the scripts before filming, they are always surprised by how unpredictable the show is becoming. They are excited to go to work every day.

O’Mara was describing what it was like working with CGI dinosaurs, and it was hilarious. He literally ran around the stage with a water bottle in his hand showing what people on set who are pretending to be dinosaurs look like. And then the actors have to pretend to be afraid of that. The entire audience was laughing!

When asked what it’s like being type cast (cop that travels back in time, and military agent on another planet), both actors seemed to enjoy it. O’Mara is a huge sci fi fan, and really enjoys doing shows in a genre that he personally enjoys. Lang doesn’t mind being type cast as a silver haired, charismatic fox. He said he’ll take whatever he can get.

Lang did speak about the difference between shooting Terra Nova and Avatar. He mentioned how on the set of Avatar, they had weeks to shoot certain scenes, and on Terra Nova it’s days.  Lang also mentioned that both characters could have been in the service together due to the time periods.  A very interesting thought!

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