Home Theater Geeks 52

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Home Theater Geeks
Episode 52

Home Theater Geeks 52: Stories From The Digital Domain


  • Scott Ross, Owner, AWOL Productions

As one of the pioneers in digital media, Scott Ross’ career in entertainment and technology has spanned three decades. In the 1980’s he led George Lucas’ vast entertainment empire and in 1993 he founded, along with James Cameron and Stan Winston, Digital Domain, Inc., one of the largest digital production studios in the motion picture and advertising industries. In 2006 as Digital Domain’s CEO and Chairman, he successfully sold Digital Domain to director Michael Bay and a group of private equity investors. Since 2006, Mr. Ross has developed and produced films, TV and location based entertainment around the world.

In the '80s Ross was General Manager of Lucasfilm’s Industrial Light and Magic and under his leadership, ILM won five Academy Awards for Best Visual Effects (WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT; INNERSPACE; TERMINATOR 2; THE ABYSS; DEATH BECOMES HER). The company re-organized in 1991 and Mr. Ross was named Sr. VP of the LucasArts Entertainment Group, which was comprised of Skywalker Sound, LucasArts Commercial Productions, LucasArts Attractions, Editdroid/Soundroid and ILM.

Under Ross’ direction, Digital Domain garnered eight Academy Award nominations, receiving its first Oscar in 1997 for the ground breaking visual effects in TITANIC. That success was followed by a second Oscar for WHAT DREAMS MAY COME and a third for THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON. Digital Domain received additional nominations for TRUE LIES, APOLLO 13 and I, ROBOT and has won four Scientific and Technical Achievement Academy Awards for its proprietary software.

Digital Domain’s Commercials Division has continually established itself as the premiere visual effects studio in the advertising industry. With Fortune 500 clients such as Nike, American Express, Gatorade, Anheuser-Busch, Coca-Cola and Mercedes Benz, the Commercials Division has garnered dozens of Clio Awards.

In addition to the visual effects divisions, Mr. Ross launched Digital Domain Films, a feature film production division. The first feature film produced by Mr. Ross was the New Line Cinema release SECONDHAND LIONS which achieved both critical and box office success.

A native of New York City, Mr. Ross began his career in Media Studies at Hofstra University where he graduated with a BS in Communication Arts in 1974. He returned to Hofstra in June of 1997 to receive an honorary doctorate degree from his alma mater.

Mr. Ross is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (OSCARS); The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (EMMYS). He has worked on over 100 of the world’s largest special effects films and has lectured extensively about the creative process, content and technology in over 30 countries around the world.



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