Friday, March 12, 2010

ImageMovers Digital to Close

The Wrap is reporting that Disney is closing down ImageMovers Digital, the studio responsible for the production of the motion captured films directed by Bob Zemeckis, including The Polar Express, Beowulf and A Christmas Carol. Disney purchased the studio in 2007. The article implies that Disney is still interested in going ahead with the Yellow Submarine remake, though it's unclear if the closing means that they will subcontract future motion capture or use other techniques instead.

UPDATE: There are some interesting comments from the industry perspective at the Animation Guild Blog.

7 comments:

Floyd Norman said...

I'm no fan of the series of films Bob Z made at his studio, but I'm sad to see so many people put out of work.

Meanwhile, we're watching the death of the studio founded by Walt and Roy. Sad.

scott said...

And now C.O.R.E. in Toronto today as well...

http://www.canadiananimationresources.ca/?p=1371

Mark Mayerson said...

I heard. I'm sorry for the employees. It's a shame when any studio closes. Core was one of the larger studios in town and one with feature experience in effects and character animation. It's a big loss.

film animation said...

Seems really early to be making the decision, but then again...most of the work is going overseas at this point.

Viviana y Gerardo said...

ImageMovers folks might be interested in this position

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