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John Knoll

In 1986, John Knoll joined Industrial Light & Magic as a Technical Assistant and was soon promoted to Motion Control Camera Operator for Captain EO. After three years of operating, John was called upon to work on the ground breaking digital effects for The Abyss, a film that saw the first use of Photoshop, which he had co-developed with his ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 15 wins & 58 nominations. See more awards »


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Pacific Rim Visual Effects


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 2022 5-25-77 (visual effects consultant)
 2022 ABBA Voyage (Music Video) (executive staff: ILM)
 2022 The Batman (visual effects production: ILM)
 2021-2022 The Book of Boba Fett (TV Series) (senior visual effects supervisor - 7 episodes)
- Chapter 7: In the Name of Honor (2022) ... (senior visual effects supervisor: ILM)
- Chapter 6: From the Desert Comes a Stranger (2022) ... (senior visual effects supervisor: ILM)
- Chapter 5: Return of the Mandalorian (2022) ... (senior visual effects supervisor: ILM)
- Chapter 4: The Gathering Storm (2022) ... (senior visual effects supervisor: ILM)
- Chapter 3: The Streets of Mos Espa (2022) ... (senior visual effects supervisor: ILM)
 2021 Jungle Cruise (senior visual effects supervisor: ILM SF)
  The Mandalorian (TV Series) (senior visual effects supervisor - 5 episodes, 2019 - 2020) (additional visual effects supervisor - 4 episodes, 2019) (visual effects supervisor - 2 episodes, 2020)
- Chapter 16: The Rescue (2020) ... (visual effects supervisor)
- Chapter 14: The Tragedy (2020) ... (senior visual effects supervisor: ILM)
- Chapter 9: The Marshal (2020) ... (visual effects supervisor: ILM)
- Chapter 8: Redemption (2019) ... (additional visual effects supervisor: ILM)
- Chapter 7: The Reckoning (2019) ... (additional visual effects supervisor: ILM)
 2020 Star Wars: Squadrons - Hunted (Short) (visual effects supervisor)
 2019 6 Underground (additional visual effects supervisor: ILM)
 2019/I Playing with Fire (executive staff: ILM)
 2018 Aquaman (production and technical support: ILM)
 2018 The Other Side of the Wind (visual effects supervisor)
 2018 Ready Player One (vfx production: ILM)
 2016 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (production visual effects supervisor)
 2015 Tomorrowland (production visual effects supervisor)
 2013 Pacific Rim (production visual effects supervisor)
 2011 Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (production visual effects supervisor) / (senior visual effects supervisor)
 2011 Hugo (visual effects supervisor: ILM)
 2011 Super 8 (digital artist: ILM)
 2011 Rango (visual effects supervisor)
 2009 Avatar (senior visual effects supervisor: ILM)
 2009 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (digital artist: ILM)
 2009 Confessions of a Shopaholic (senior visual effects supervisor: ILM)
 2008 Speed Racer (visual effects supervisor: ILM)
 2007 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (visual effects supervisor)
 2006 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (production visual effects supervisor)
 2005 Fractalus (Short) (designer: special space ship and planet FX)
 2005 Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon (Documentary short) (visual effects supervisor: Apollo 15 landing sequence)
 2005 Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (production visual effects supervisor)
 2003 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (model unit director: ILM) / (production visual effects supervisor)
 2002 Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (production visual effects supervisor)
 2000 Mission to Mars (production visual effects supervisor)
 1999 Deep Blue Sea (visual effects supervisor: ILM)
 1999 Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (production visual effects supervisor)
 1996 Star Trek: First Contact (production visual effects supervisor) / (special visual effects)
 1996 Mission: Impossible (visual effects supervisor: ILM)
 1995 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (TV Series) (computer animation - 1 episode)
- Explorers (1995) ... (computer animation - uncredited)
 1994 Star Trek: Generations (senior visual effects supervisor: ILM)
 1994 Baby's Day Out (visual effects supervisor: ILM)
 1993 Star Wars: Rebel Assault (Video Game) (additional artist)
 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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Other Works:

Wrote the book Creating the Worlds of Star Wars: 365 Days ( ISBN 0810959364) during the shooting of Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005). See more »


Jennifer Knoll  (4 children)

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His brother, Tom Knoll, developed the program now known as Photoshop. See more »

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