Epic big-budget international television production TERRA NOVA returns to Queensland

Screen Queensland Press Release May 20, 2011

Screen Queensland CEO Maureen Barron today welcomed the return of the cast and crew of the major international television production Terra Nova to Queensland to re-commence filming on 25 May 2011.

“Executive produced by Steve Spielberg and Peter Chernin, Terra Nova is an ambitious big-budget television series that Queensland and international audiences are impatient to see. We are thrilled to welcome back the production to complete filming of season one,” Ms Barron said.

The 13-part science fiction series travels from Earth in 2149 – a society plagued by overdevelopment, overcrowding and pollution – to the pristine, prehistoric era of dinosaurs as time-travelling scientists and an ordinary family try to save humanity.

Filming began in November 2010 in south east Queensland, with locations in Brisbane’s CBD, Village Roadshow Studios on the Gold Coast, and the Gold Coast’s hinterland including the small town of Bonogin.

“In addition to the lush Queensland rainforests that evoke the age of dinosaurs, the production involves cutting-edge visual effects to bring those primeval creatures to life.”

“This entire production is massive in scale, and we are privileged to be a part of it through our talent and locations, with over 1,000 Queenslanders engaged comprising crew, cast and extras,” Ms Barron said.

Terra Nova is very important to the Queensland production community at a time when there has been a drop in international production throughout Australia due to currency fluctuations and increased competition from international locations. It is the only international production currently in production in Australia.”

“Its return reflects how much Terra Nova’s producers value the excellence and professionalism of Queensland facilities, casts and crews.”

Terra Nova is produced by 20th Century Fox Television, Chernin Entertainment, DreamWorks Television and Kapital Entertainment. The team selected Queensland as the location of Terra Nova because it has the right look, climate and terrain, a vibrant production community and attractive economic incentives.

It is the second major TV series from Steven Spielberg to be filmed in the state.