John Textor is one of the most interesting men in Hollywood. He is a self made auteur that has served his time at various levels of the production business. Textor got his start back at the Wesleyan University in 1987 where he received his BA in Economics. Textor took the knowledge that he gained and the drive that was intrinsic to what he wanted to do and he worked his way into co-founding Wyndcrest Holdings. This private equity firm, based out of Florida, would serve as a launching board for what Textor would be attempting to do later in life with his work out of Pulse Evolution. It is with Pulse that Textor made his big contributions to the cinematic landscape.
While John has an incredible work ethic it has been his ability to enhance connections and to smooth the work flow of major productions that has made him so popular. Launching a franchise is impossibly hard in this day and age and it is almost as hard to simply keep one up and running.
Textor’s old visual editing studio, Digital Domain, served as the primary force behind the hugely successful ‘Transformers’ franchise. He also had a hand in the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’. These two box office legends helped launch his career as an executive in the world of entertainment. Textor also has key credits on such critically acclaimed films as ‘Zodiac’, ‘Flags of Our Fathers’, and ‘Letters From Iwo Jima”.
Digital Domain wasn’t always a juggernaut in the entertainment world. In fact, it was John’s acquisition and restructuring of the company that made it so successful. The majority of the major credits behind Digital Domain began in 2007. Textor acquired and reworked the company from 2006 to 2012. It was his work at the ground level that made his studio reach such great heights. The company would go on to be nominated for countless Academy Awards for visual effects and it would also end up winning quite a few of them. One of their finest achievements was the completely digital version of Brad Pitt in ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’. Textor and his company received a 2009 Academy Award for Visual Effects. The digital work was so effective that the company also received nominations for ‘best make up’ despite the fact that it was all computer work.