John Textor and the Evolution of Digital Graphics

A thorough discussion of John Textor is inexplicably linked to the work he accomplished with his time at Digital Domain. Yet, before we can really, and truly, discuss his work there we must understand a little bit about the man himself. John Textor, like many giants of industry, did not rise up out of the ground to put on a suit and dominate his profession. No, instead there were many steps along the way that helped mold him into the business man that stands before you today. Let’s begin by discussion the early days of his education before examining how they set a course for his future.

John Textor attended university at Wesleyan. It was there that he managed to pull in a Bachelors Degree of Economics. He was an impeccable student and seemed to take his learning to heart. And it showed. It wasn’t long until Textor was fully in the thick of things in the world of business. He leaped out of school and straight into the fire of equity when he co-founded Wyndcrest Holdings. Wyndcrest was a private equity firm that would go on to see incredible rates of return in its early years. The firm focused on information technology, telecommunication, and entertainment. It was these early seeds of business that would sprout Textor into the next big thing in Hollywood.

Once John felt that he had reached his ceiling with Wyndcrest he quickly moved on into his next venture. This choice would lead him straight to Hollywood via a company by the name of Digital Domain. Digital Domain is a 3D production studio based in California. They were first established in 1993 and it wasn’t long until they were changing the way that we perceived entertainment. Their early work on films like ‘Apollo 13’ would set the tone of the things to come. But all good things can falter and by 2006, when John Textor stepped on, they were looking pretty slowed down.

Of course that is where Textor would go on to make his name. He personally led over 25 projects forward with the company including such studio blockbusters as ‘Transformers’ and ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End’. While working on these films John would also have a hand in 3D holograms. He helped get a 3D representation of Tupac, the famous deceased rapper, on stage. He now focuses almost entirely on work of that nature with Pulse.

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