Have you ever watched a movie, such as Ender’s Game, and realized just how amazing some aspect of the movie, such as make up artistry are, and later discovered that what you were seeing was not make up artistry at all, but a virtual actor brought to life by technology? The shock of making such a discovery often opens wide the imagination of the viewer to wonder just how something so amazing and realistic, as a virtual actor, was created. The answer to that question is actually really simple, thanks to the work and leadership of John Textor.
Although there maybe those who are unfamiliar with the name John Textor, they’re definitely familiar with his work during his tenure as, both, Chariman and CEO of Digital Domain Media Group and Digital Doman Productions. While these titles are impressive, what’s even more impressive is the realization of how amazing the scope of digital effects can range when you take a look at the projects that were completed under John Textor’s leadership. Some of the more famous endeavors among his credits include; Ender’s Game, Flags of our Fathers, Tron: Legacy, Real Steel, Pirates of the Caribbean at the World’s End and Transformers.
While the effects developed for the above listed movies is quite impressive, that’s simply the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the developments that are under way. You only have to remember the appearance of the virtual versions of Tupac Shakur, Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe at the 2012 Coachella Valley Music Festival and the even more recent appearance of virtual Michael Jackson at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards to appreciate the leaps and bounds in virtual technology being made under John Textor’s guidance. While these developments were more than enough to stagger the imagination, the realization of how much more spectacular future developments might be boggles a person’s mind.
Although John Textor is no longer at the helm of Digital Domain and Digital Domain Media Group, he is still very active in the visual effects industry as the Executive Chairman of Pulse Evolution Corporation. The main focus of Pulse is the specialization of computer generated likenesses that can be used in a variety of applications. Given John Textor’s previous successes in this area, there’s no doubt that Pulse will become the front runner in this field of effects technology.