Recently, crowds of people visited cinema theaters around the world to watch a number of spectacular movies, including Tron:Legacy and Pirates of the Caribbean at World’s End and the acclaimed film, Ender’s Game. Members of these audiences thrilled at stunning visual effects lighting up the screen. Although many viewers can recite the names of actors and actresses appearing in the popular Hollywood productions, comparatively few people know that the astonishing effects presented in these blockbuster movies would not have reached their attention without the support provided by John Textor.
Today John Textor still works largely behind the scenes. He serves as the reserved managing principal of Wyndcrest Holdings, LLC, a company that finances many cutting edge entertainment ventures. His background in the film industry offers him unique insights into the use of modern technology to generate incredibly powerful special effects.
Bringing Ender’s Game to a Wide Audience
Perhaps few films demonstrate the capacity of special effects to enliven a major film release as well as Ender’s Game, the popular science fiction movie based on a 1985 Nebula Award winning novel by Orson Scott Card. It starred a number of famous actors and actresses. Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, Abigail Breslin and Viola Davis all appeared in the picture, which included some breathtaking visual effects.
John Textor takes justifiable pride in helping along the process of generating of some of the stunning special effects in the movie. At the time of its release in 2013, he had only recently left his position as Chairman of Digital Domain Productions to spend more time working for his own entertainment property development firm. Today his business portfolio includes several firms engaged in cutting edge technologies.
From Financial Services to Hollywood Production Lines
John Textor did not begin his career as a Hollywood film industry executive. Instead, he traces his background to the financial services industry.
He graduated from prestigious Wesleyan University in Connecticut with a degree in Economics. Later, he accepted a position working for the investment banking firm of Shearson, Lehman, Hutton, an experience that allowed him to observe how companies obtained funding for many projects. He has drawn successfully upon these experiences in transferring his skill set to the field of film industry entertainment development.