Digital Domain (website here
) is a California-based effects studio. Originally a collaboration between James Cameron
, Stan Winston
and former head of ILM
in 1992. Since then, the company has provided effects for over sixty films, multiple commercials and over a dozen games.
In 2006, Ross sold Digital Domain to an affiliate company called Wyndcrest Holdings, LLC
(which includes director and reoccurring client Michael Bay
, former Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino, and the man whom would drive
the company into the ground, John Textor).
On September 11th, 2012, they filed for "Chapter 11" bankruptcy. They've since shut down the Florida studio (the ones in LA, Asia and Vancouver are still open), made John Textor step down, become tangled in lawsuits between longtime partner Prime Focus
and South Korean
firm Samsung over a 2D-3D post-conversion process
, against creditor/shareholder Legendary Pictures for fraud
and has since become a turning point in Florida's history
Films and other projects Digital Domain have worked on include:
Tropes the company's exhibited:
- 3-D Movie: Tron Legacy and Dark of The Moon. They're also partially to blame for all horrible 2D-3D post conversions.
- Alliterative Name
- All-CGI Cartoon
- Animesque: Used in a recent Dodge commercial.
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Besides running a major VFX company into the ground and ruining the economy of a major state. Textor's also gone after random people that comment on him.
- Author Existence Failure: Subverted and played straight. While none of the original owners are part of the company anymore and the above-mentioned Florida studio was shut down. The company is still around, working on projects such as The Avengers, The Watch, the aforementioned Transformers: Fall of Cybertron and Medal of Honor: Warfighter.
- Bad Boss: John Textor definitely fits..
- Blatant Lies: People have accused Textor of doing this to Florida. It's not far from the truth.
- Conspicuous CG: Possibly invoked in Lake Placid, Tron: Legacy and Speed Racer, played straight in The Golden Compass.
- Development Hell: When the bankruptcy in 2012 happened, they were set to co-produce a live action Enderís Game movie. Subverted in that production on it has since resumed.
- Easter Egg: Some minor examples were included in The Fifth Element, such as license plates that say "New York, The Fuck-You State" and several employees on the rooftops, decks and windows.
- Fake Shemp: Usually falling into Uncanny Valley when they do so.
- Fan Nickname: Jack the Giant Slayer was nicknamed "Jack The Company Killer" by members of the company during production.
- She Also Did: Besides the opening paragraph; Christina Hsu, a former animator for the company is also a regular columnist for Cracked.
- Live-Action Adaptation: Speed Racer, The Golden Compass, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Thor and the Transformers films.
- Recruiters Always Lie: John Textor
- Troubled Production: Red Planet
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: The Florida studio and John Textor.