DDS goes to C.O.R.E
Shot Finaling with FrameCycler DDS
In 2003 C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures
introduced a new division. C.O.R.E. Feature Animation is
now in full production on an animated feature film for a
major Hollywood studio and FrameCycler DDS 3.5 is at the
heart of their review infrastructure. We spoke with Tom
Burns, Director, Special Projects at C.O.R.E. Feature
IRIDAS: Tell us a about your facility.
We operate out of a beautifully restored building in
downtown Toronto. It’s a great location and it houses an
even better team. We have around 300 artists working
here from all around the world. We’re excited about the
talent we’ve assembled and the caliber of work we’re
IRIDAS: How long have you been working with FrameCycler
We’ve been using DDS 3.5 for nearly a year now, from the
early Beta days. Some of the people here have worked
with the earlier 2.7, but that was Windows only.
IRIDAS: What platforms are you using it on?
We run FrameCycler Professional on Macs at our San
Francisco location. Here in Toronto we’re using DDS on
Linux and Windows systems.
IRIDAS: Why did you decide to use FrameCycler DDS 3.5
We looked at all kinds of Macintosh, Windows and
Linux-based playback engines, but we found them to be
unsatisfactory for a variety of reasons. We chose IRIDAS
because they have the track record in the industry and
we had a chance to be part of the 3.5 Beta process. As
we evolve here, FrameCycler will remain a major part of
Tom is Director, Special Projects at C.O.R.E.
Feature Animation. He recently deployed the applications
and infrastructure required for an entirely 3D computer
animated feature film, including the largest commercial
Linux supercomputer in Canada and 80 terabytes of
high-end disk storage.