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Knoll in 2007
October 6, 1962 |
Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
|Education||USC School of Cinematic Arts|
|Occupation||Visual effects supervisor, chief creative officer (CCO)|
John Knoll (born October 6, 1962) is an American visual effects supervisor and chief creative officer (CCO) at Industrial Light & Magic (ILM). One of the original creators of Adobe Photoshop (along with his brother, Thomas Knoll), he has also worked as visual effects supervisor on the Star Wars prequels and the 1997 special editions of the original trilogy. He also served as ILM's visual effects supervisor for Star Trek Generations and Star Trek: First Contact, as well as the Pirates of the Caribbean series. Along with Hal Hickel, Charles Gibson and Allen Hall, Knoll and the trios work on Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest earned them the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects.
Knoll has been praised by directors James Cameron, Gore Verbinski, Guillermo del Toro, and Brad Bird. Del Toro, who worked with Knoll for the first time on Pacific Rim, stated "He basically has the heart of a kid and the mind of a scientist, and that's a great combination."
A co-developer of Photoshop along with his brother Thomas Knoll, Knoll is also the inventor of Knoll Light Factory, a lens flare generating software inspired by his work at Industrial Light and Magic.
Knoll was also the Computer Graphics Project Designer on The Abyss, an achievement which earned ILM its tenth Academy Award for Visual Effects, and worked on two Star Trek episodes: Star Trek: The Next Generation's pilot episode ("Encounter at Farpoint") and the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Explorers".
Aside from his visual effects work, John Knoll helped pitch the story of Rogue One, an epic space opera part of the Star Wars anthology series. This earned him credits as writer and executive producer of the film.
|2016||Rogue One: A Star Wars Story||visual effects supervisor, executive producer, story|
|2013||Pacific Rim||visual effects supervisor|
|2011||Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol||visual effects supervisor|
|2011||Hugo||visual effects supervisor|
|2011||Rango||visual effects supervisor|
|2011||Super 8||digital artist|
|2009||Avatar||visual effects supervisor|
|2009||Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince||digital artist|
|2009||Confessions of a Shopaholic||visual effects supervisor|
|2008||Speed Racer||visual effects supervisor|
|2007||Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End||visual effects supervisor|
|2006||Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest||visual effects supervisor|
|2005||Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith||visual effects supervisor|
|2003||Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl||visual effects supervisor|
|2002||Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones||visual effects supervisor|
|2000||Mission to Mars||visual effects supervisor|
|1999||Deep Blue Sea||visual effects supervisor|
|1999||Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace||visual effects supervisor|
|1996||Star Trek: First Contact||visual effects supervisor|
|1996||Mission: Impossible||visual effects supervisor|
|1994||Star Trek Generations||visual effects supervisor|
|1994||Baby's Day Out||visual effects supervisor|
|1991||Hudson Hawk||visual effects supervisor|
|1991||Hook||visual effects supervisor|
|1990||The Hunt for Red October||visual effects supervisor|
|1989||The Abyss||CG supervisor|
|1988||Willow||motion control camera operator|
|1987||Innerspace||motion control camera operator|
|1987||Empire of the Sun||motion control camera operator|
|1987||Star Trek: The Next Generation||motion control camera operator|
|1986||Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home||motion control camera operator|
|1986||Captain EO||motion control camera operator|