It’s something of a conundrum – visual effects work is the life-blood of summer blockbusters, tv shows, music videos and commercials, but the business behind it is utterly cut-throat and increasingly parlous – witness this week’s near-bankrupt Digital Domain.
Once the brainchild of Billion Dollar King of the World, James Cameron, and the late, lamented Stan Winston, the latter-day Digital Domain expanded from its core effects business to producing a now on-hold animated feature, “The Legend of Tembo” and just this week avoided going to the wall entirely – and it’s by no means alone.
Chances are that you’ve seen D.D.s contributions to Cameron’s “Titanic“, , the J.J. Abrams “Star Trek”, the “Transformers” series, Fincher‘s “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button“ & “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo“ or “Thor”.
- James Cameron’s Digital Domain Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy (tampa.cbslocal.com)
- Searchlight Capital acquires Digital Domain (variety.com)
- 2Pac hologram makers file for bankruptcy (theverge.com)
- Deadly dull vfx undermining the biz (variety.com)