Opus Visual Effects Scares Up Monster for “Siberia”

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Manitoba Effects House Designs and Creates Creature for Season Finale

Last Updated: September 18, 2013 3:19 am GMT
(Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada--September 18, 2013) Opus Visual Effects is please to say that they designed, created and animated the monster that makes its appearance in the final episode of season one of NBC’s “Siberia,” helping to create the show’s season cliffhanger. The season finale aired on Monday, September 16, 2013.



The Manitoba-based studio created the visual effects for all 12 episodes of the initial season of this mockumentary, but the coup de grace was the monster that had been hinted at throughout the season and makes its full appearance in the final episode. As early as the pilot, Opus gave viewers a glimpse of the monster, but the full reveal was held until the last.

“Creating the monster was a great opportunity for us,” says Opus’ visual effects supervisor and president Mike Shand. “It wasn’t just a case of building a model for a design done by the art department. We had only two rough reference photos to work from. Working very closely with the director, we designed the creature, modeled, rigged and animated it. There was a lot of back-and-forth to come up with a creature that would play to the show’s fan-base and would work best for look and production within the show’s timeframe and budget.”

In this scripted “reality” show, 16 participants are flown into the Tunguska region of Siberia unaware of the land's mysterious past. As is the case in many reality shows, the contestants are meant to battle the elements and each other in a quest to survive the harsh winter and claim a large cash prize. “Siberia” veers from the usual path when contestants begin to suffer serious accidents and strange events occur, with no response from the show’s producers. It soon becomes apparent that their situation is very real. The show ran on Mondays at 10pm, beginning July 1st and ending on September 16th.


Opus is a leading visual effects company based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. With over a decade of experience, the Opus team has been instrumental in the realization of numerous CG effects in projects ranging from large Hollywood productions that include the soon-to-be-released METALLICA: THROUGH THE NEVER, THE LAST STAND, AVATAR, SUPERMAN RETURNS, X-MEN and SWORDFISH to independent films and TV miniseries: STORM OF THE CENTURY, THE BIG EMPTY. Specializing in 3D animation, digital compositing, green screen integration, SFX animation/particle work, pre-visualization and stereoscopic work, Opus’ highly-qualified team brings their client’s vision to life on time and on budget. Working with the provincial government, Opus is also able to offer their clients generous production tax incentives.

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