Opus Visual Effects Produced Effects for "Metallica: Through the Never"


Effects Push the Concert 3D IMAX Experience

Last Updated: October 10, 2013 5:29 am GMT
(Winnipeg, Manitoba--October 10, 2013) Opus Visual Effects is proud to say that they produced visual effects for 3D IMAX rock ‘n’ roll film "Metallica: Through the Never" which opened on 318 IMAX screens Friday, September 27, 2013. Nationwide rollout was Friday, October 4th.

Distributed by Picturehouse, the film was written and directed by Nimród Antal (“Kontroll”) and produced by former Imax film producer Charlotte Huggins (“Journey to the Center of the Earth”). It stars band members Ulrich, guitarist Kirk Hammett, singer James Hetfield and bass player Robert Trujillo; Dane DeHaan (Chronicle) and thousands of Metallica fans. This concert-narrative film tells a dark fantasy of Trip (DeHann), a roadie and Metallica acolyte who's sent on a mission and runs right into seemingly post-apocalyptic circumstances that include riots and a gas-masked, horse-riding harvester of sorrow — the Death Dealer.

As expected, the other half of the film features a full-on Metallica concert, for which OpusVFX, of Manitoba, Canada, created a series of shots. Brought in near the end of the project, Opus produced a variety of effects shots that took the showy, complex work the band used on stage and “pushed it.” Using various effects and lighting techniques, the artists at Opus had to seamlessly match the complex on-stage concert lighting (spots, lasers, smoke) – and do it in stereo. They also brought the job in on-time in in-budget.

“The work we did enhanced the stage presentation,” explains OpusVFX Supervisor Mike Shand. “We did a lot of effects work that pushed what they did beyond what was feasible on-stage – exploding transformers, electrical arcs. Things like that. And we did it for stereo and IMAX. For Metallica. It was a great project to be a part of.”

"It was late in the production when we turned to the effects for the concert side of the film,” says Visual Effects Supervisor Boyd Shermis. “I'd worked with the artists and supervisors at Opus when they were with Frantic Films - early Prime Focus - and I was confident in their abilities. We needed the work done well and with a quick turn-around. So we hired Opus. It wasn't ground-breaking work, but was tricky with the concert lighting and restrictions – and in stereo. They did a great job, of course. And everyone, including myself and the director, were very happy with what they did. I'd work with them again, certainly. Anytime."

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 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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