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John Knoll

John Knoll was born in 1962 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA. He is known for his work on Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), Avatar (2009) and Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983). He is married to Jennifer Knoll. They have four children. See full bio »
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 2016 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (visual effects supervisor: ILM) (filming)
 2015 Tomorrowland (visual effects supervisor)
 2013 Pacific Rim (visual effects supervisor)
 2011 Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (visual effects supervisor: ILM)
 2011 Hugo (visual effects supervisor: ILM)
 2011 Super 8 (digital artist: ILM)
 2011 Rango (visual effects supervisor)
 2009 Avatar (visual effects supervisor: ILM)
 2009 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (digital artist: ILM)
 2009 Confessions of a Shopaholic (visual effects supervisor)
 2008 Speed Racer (visual effects supervisor: ILM)
 2007 5-25-77 (visual effects consultant)
 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 Fractalus (Short) (designer: special space ship and planet FX)
 2005 Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D (Documentary short) (visual effects supervisor: Apollo 15 landing sequence)
 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: ILM)
 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: ILM)
 1999 Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (visual effects supervisor)
 1996 Star Trek: First Contact (special visual effects) / (visual effects supervisor)
 1996 Mission: Impossible (visual effects supervisor)
 1995 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (TV Series) (computer animation - 1 episode)
- Explorers (1995) ... (computer animation - uncredited)
 1994 Star Trek: Generations (visual effects supervisor: ILM)
 1994 Baby's Day Out (visual effects supervisor: ILM)
 1991 Hudson Hawk (visual effects supervisor: ILM)
 1990 Spaced Invaders (visual effects supervisor)
 1990 The Hunt for Red October (associate effects supervisor: ILM)
 1989 The Abyss (computer graphics designer)
 1988 Willow (animation camera operator: ILM)
 1987 Star Trek: The Next Generation (TV Series) (Enterprise warp effects artist - 1 episode)
- Encounter at Farpoint (1987) ... (Enterprise warp effects artist: ILM - uncredited)
 1987 Innerspace (animation camera operator: ILM)
 1986 The Golden Child (animation camera operator: ILM)
 1983 Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (visual effects supervisor - special version)
 1977 Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (visual effects supervisor: ILM - 1997 special version)
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He and his brother Tom Knoll wrote the original software for Photoshop. This is a program that lets anyone retouch or composite digital images on a Macintosh or PC. It is now sold by Adobe. See more »

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2007 - Ranked #10 on EW's The 50 Smartest People in Hollywood. See more »

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