Toronto-based entertainment studio C.O.R.E. helped redefine Hell on 2926 screens this weekend with their work on SILENT HILL as it crept its way to the top of the box office, estimated at over $20 million across North America.
The eerie and deserted town of SILENT HILL draws a young mother desperate to find a cure for her only child’s illness. It is soon clear this place is unlike anywhere she’s ever been, it’s smothered by fog, inhabited by a variety of strange beings and periodically overcome by a living Darkness that literally transforms everything it touches.
“C.O.R.E.’s 250 shots created for the movie’s multiple realities spanned the gamut of visual effects in terms of variety,” says Kyle Menzies, VP and Co founder of C.O.R.E. “We created the digital fog and ash that blankets the cursed town. 2D duplication of creatures and compositing, as well as 3D creature work, were employed to achieve the effects in the ‘Grey Child’ sequence. 3D birds, smoke, warping and manipulation of
practical creature suits, as well as 3D and 2D environments, all factored into the mix.”
Continuing on a less-terrifying path, the VFX division is in production on FIREHOUSE DOG for 20th Century Fox / New Regency, KILLSHOT for the Weinstein Company and a dramatic 10 part mini-series based on the early reign of king Henry VIII for Showtime Networks THE TUDORS.
C.O.R.E. is a leading creator of digital visual effects and animation for feature film and television. Founded in 1994 by Bob Munroe, John Mariella, Kyle Menzies and actor/director/writer William Shatner, C.O.R.E. has successfully built four divisions with a staff of more than 300 people: C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures, C.O.R.E. Toons, C.O.R.E. Film Productions and C.O.R.E. Feature Animation.