It appears that C.O.R.E Digital is closing down.

C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures, was one of Canada's leading digital visual effects and animation studios, based in Toronto, Ontario. The company is closing very abruptly, it seems. Reports on the net are circulating that this closure was so sudden employees entitlements may be in question, (we have not been able to independently confirm this), however Canadian Laws (for medium to large companies) should protect at least part of employee back pay and entitlements.

The company has long produced outstanding visual effects for both TV and film including the Tudors (SHOWTIME), THE LAST SAMURAI, MR.HOLLAND'S OPUS and RUNAWAY BRIDE.

It was recently also involved with Director Chris Landreth's unique, award winning animation project, The Spine, working with from Seneca.

The company was started in the spring of 1994, "armed with the idea that a studio designed by artists for artists would promote the best creative environment, Bob Munroe, John Mariella, Kyle Menzies and William Shatner founded C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures" - CORE Web site.

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  • rohit

    that’s sad…

  • a sad day…
    I’ve worked at C.O.R.E. for the past 6 1/2 years and I’m pretty wrecked about the current situation…
    to clarify some news from today –
    we were NOT escorted out the door or anthing like that…
    a meeting was held with all staff present and the financial situaltion was described to us..it’s a reality of the industry, small margins etc…
    we were asked to collect our personal belongings etc and leave, but we took our time and said our goodbyes…then went to our local to get drunk.
    there have been some big pay days for VFX/game companies in Ontario over the past year (Starz, Ubisoft etc) but apparently the govet wasn’t willing to help out C.O.R.E. – who were not looking for any money, rather they were looking for guarantees on loans etc…given the amount of work coming to the studio at present and in the coming months this seems reasonable…but I guess the govt and RBC didn’t think so…
    I can only speak from personal experience but my time at C.O.R.E. has been fantastic and I will miss the people a great deal…and I think that the same would be said by most who have had the pleasure of working there.
    tomorrow I join 150 of my former colleagues in looking for work in an ever concentrated industry and hope that I will find a position at a studio as welcoming, supportive and enduring as the one I had at C.O.R.E.