Q&A with John Textor – CEO of Digital Domain

Can someone photoshop some scary lightning shooting from these fingertips?

Editor’s Note: We’ve been running coverage following the reveal that Digital Domain is setting up a school, using government funding, to enable students to pay tuition for the “privilege” of working on their upcoming animated features.  The bit that really lit the fire was a villainous address by their CEO, Joh Textor, to a group of potential investors where he laid it out as such.  30 {f2e86ea6af82e2bb048871abf045622abf0ed27fb513932dc1ee8c05a54cbefd} of their work force would not only be free labour, but labour that actually pays to work.  It’s fucking brilliant, from a business standpoint, and equally scary.  I had it pointed out to me on VFX soldier by our Social Media Ninja, and now resident Firecracker, Rebecca David.  Rebecca really latched onto the story and wrote a great piece about it from her own perspective, one I think is particularly valid under these circumstances.  Rebecca is relatively new to our industry, out of school barely a year.  Rebecca practically IS one of the potential students Textor is talking about.  Since then, the conversation has been ongoing in our comments section, over at Cartoon Brew, and at ground zero, VFX Soldier, where Textor himself has entered the dialogue.  John Textor has made himself remarkably available, and we’re going to take him up on it.  It’s her story, so Rebecca’s going to run with it.  She’s scheduling a phone call later this week, and we want to make this conversation available to you guys as well.  So if you have any questions, any REAL questions, let us have them, and we’ll ask.

Here’s Rebecca saying much the same, but shorter and sweeter and with more better links.

Last week Digital Domain’s CEO was actively answering questions on VFXSoldier’s website in the comments section and offered up his time if anyone wanted to talk to him.

So we’ve taken him up on that.

If you have any questions that you would like us to ask Mr. Textor, please leave them in the comments section and we will hopefully be able to include it in our interview.

Some videos and literature on the subject:

Editorial  – Working = Money, right? 

John Textor Video – Free Labour is Better than Cheap Labour

Digital Domain Institute – The school in question

LA Times Article – with statements from Textor and the Dean of FSU


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