ONE OF VANCOUVER’S BIGGEST PLAYERS IN FILM ANIMATION SHUTTERS WEEKS BEFORE CHRISTMAS

Moving Picture Company announces closure in email to staff, citing external market pressures

The Moving Picture Company opened its Vancouver office in 2007, making waves for its work on Watchmen. (Mike Zimmer/CBC)

The Vancouver film animation and visual effects studio that won an Academy Award for its work on Life of Pi has closed its doors.

CBC News has obtained an email sent to staff at the Moving Picture Company (MPC) Wednesday announcing the immediate closure of its Vancouver studio.

The company has not responded to CBC’s request for interviews, but in the email it cited “increasing external market pressures” in Vancouver, as well as more attractive opportunities in other locations.

“This decision has not been taken lightly,” the email said.

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