SIGNED SEALED DELIVERED.Aunt Tilly’s missing will, the missing registration form of the class reunion, the odd ransom note, the first letter from college, the last letter from Iraq…I have seen it all. Dead letters by the thousands, each one a tiny paper vessel laden with good new, or ill, profit or loss, love or pain. Tossed about on the rough seas of government protocol, a ship searching for it’s harbor, each one bearing the power to change something, and yet, each one a destiny postponed, until it comes to us.
In the Primeval series, animals and people from the past and future travel through time to the present day via anomalies, fictional phenomena which act as portals through time. In Primeval: New World, set in Vancouver, British Columbia, anomalies begin opening in Canada. Evan Cross, a software inventor who encountered an anomaly six years ago, creates the Special Projects Group to investigate the anomalies
Rumours of a Primeval spin-off date originated in June 2009 when, in an interview with Digital Spy, co-creator Tim Haines said “We’re working on [a spin-off] with people in Canada”. On 15 September 2011, Bell Media announced that Primeval: New World had been commissioned for Space as a co-production between Omni Film Productions and Impossible Pictures, stating “The series… will build on the UK Primeval mythology, taking place in the same universe that we’ve come to know and love. The story will centre on a new Canadian team of animal experts taking on whatever past or future creatures come through the anomalies that are now appearing around the world.”Omni, Space, and Impossible Pictures collaborated for two-and-a-half years before announcing the series.
Primeval: New World was created by Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens. Haines is signed on as an executive producer, as are Sanctuary contributors Martin Wood and Gillian Horvath. 13 episodes were commissioned for the first series. Katie Newman of Impossible Pictures stated the tone will be “older, darker and scarier” than the original. Haines envisaged some crossover with Primeval but stated that the storyline would be mostly self-contained, describing it as a spin-off in the vein of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Corrie Coe, the senior vice-president of independent production at Bell, called it “a parallel yet independent series”. In their press release, Bell Media said the “story and character development will move between the two series, uniting different plotline
While the computer-generated images for Primeval were created by Framestore and The Mill, the effects forPrimeval: New World were done by the Vancouver-based company Atmosphere Visual Effects. Gabriela Schonbach of Omni said "Vancouver is the creative hub of visual effects for television, and we are the beneficiaries of a huge pool of talent in every area of TV production.” Models for sixteen different species, including Pteranodon, Titanoboa, Daemonosaurus, Titanis, and Pachycephalosaurus, were created for the series. To simulate the creatures during filming, the effects team used a mixture of people and props to convey their locations to the actors; for the Pteranodon sequence in Stanley Park in the first episode, a man holding a stick with a tennis ball attached was used to give them an indication of the creature’s size. Each episode will contain over 70 computer-generated images. Visual effects supervisor Mark Savela noted the success of Steven Spielberg‘s Jurassic Park franchise had caused challenges in creating “a fresh spin on dinosaurs”. The introductory sequence and titles were created by Vancouver-based The Sequence Group. To develop it The Sequence Group took inspiration from the concept of the anomalies, intermixing them with shots of the cast, and creatures from the first episode