The Tuunbaq, Ready For Its Close-Up
If you, like me, wanted to get a closer look at the star of the new AMC miniseries THE TERROR–I am speaking of course of the monster, the Tuunbaq–than the fleeting glimpse we got in the attack sequence on the ship, when the beast climbed the topmast in pursuit of its prey–then this is the video for you. You’ll see the monster rendered in all its CGI glory, stripped of its fur, broken down into pixels. What I find most intriguing is the creators’ desire to depict the Tuunbaq’s face as human-like. This is no mere bear.
I was also interested to learn that the Tuunbaq is a cousin of the giant monster from CLOVERFIELD. (Did they ever give that beast a name? Is it, like the Frankenstein Monster, destined to be known by a name not truly its own? Should we just start calling the monster itself “Cloverfield”?) Both Cloverfield and the Tuunbaq are the creations of the same demented genius, Neville Page, who has also designed creatures for AVATAR and the STAR TREK movies and TV series. I wish I could find an image of Page’s original Tuunbaq drawing, the drawing that was then taken by the CGI artists and rendered into “life.”