‘Ready Player One’ Star Tye Sheridan Co-Founded Wonder Dynamics
It’s not the plot of Ready Player Two – it’s real. Tye Sheridan, who played Wade Watts in Steven Spielberg’s bombastic Ready Player One adaptation, is sticking with digital worlds via Wonder Dynamics, a company he co-founded with visual-effects artist Nikola Todorovic. The company’s goal is to allow indie filmmakers to create huge, blockbuster-worthy VFX on a much lower budget.
The news of Wonder Dynamics comes from Variety, who report that Tye Sheridan and Nikola Todorovic have spent the last four years “quietly experimenting with using artificial intelligence and machine learning to create interactive video applications,” and that the duo is “gearing up to introduce a new AI production tool that they promise will let independent artists produce dazzling VFX and CGI animations for far less than is required today.”
The team has an impressive advisory board to back their work up: Sheridan’s Ready Player One director Steven Spielberg; filmmaker Joe Russo; Rhea Films’ Terry Dougas; Film Finances president Gregory Trattner; Joshua Baer, founder and CEO of Capital Factory; Angjoo Kanazawa, an assistant professor at UC Berkeley and Google research scientist; MIT professor Antonio Torralba, who is the head of AI and decision making; and private-equity investor Robert Schwab.
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