Today I want to talk about one of my biggest heroes in the movie industry right now, John Textor. He’s involved in several capacities of the entertainment business. Before I get to that, however, indulge in his background a little more. Textor received his bachelor’s degree in economics from Wesleyan University, a small school in Connecticut. After that, he went on to the business world, eventually working up the ranks to serve on the board of numerous companies. Among the companies Textor was lucky enough to serve on the board of are Digital Domain Media Group Inc., The Parent Company, Baby Universe Inc., Pulse Evolution Corporation, Multicast Media Networks, Multicast Media Technologies, Digital Domain Productions Inc., and Virtual Bank. Recently, he received the distinct honor of being the producer and executive producer of Ender’s Game, a science fiction movie based on a series of popular young adult fiction books.
Textor mainly deals in visual effects. He’s had the pleasure of working with some of the best visual effects teams in show business, creating the effects for such worldwide blockbusters as Tron: Legacy and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End. But his most proud accomplishment in the field of visual effects is what the achievements with The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. In Benjamin Button, Digital Domain Media Group, became the first visual effects company ever to deliver and implement a believable, completely digital human actor. The “actor” in question was so lifelike that it led to an Academy Award for Achievements in Visual Effects. In fact, the digitized representation of an actor that was created was so lifelike that it led to us being presented with another award: the Academy Award for Best Make-up, even though the representation was completely digital.
The technology behind the actor in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button led to the implementation of the hologram representation of world famous rapper Tupac Shakur at Cochella, which of course once again make headline news all over the world. This, in turn, is leading to the development of an even more realistic hologram: that of Elvis Presley. John Textor’s work in the field of visual effects is both exciting and cutting edge, and I can’t wait to see where it leads.