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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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Pacific Rim Visual Effects
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 2021 5-25-77 (visual effects consultant)
 2021 Jungle Cruise (visual effects supervisor: ILM San Francisco)
  The Mandalorian (TV Series) (additional visual effects supervisor - 8 episodes, 2019) (visual effects supervisor - 2 episodes, 2020)
- Chapter 16: The Rescue (2020) ... (visual effects supervisor)
- 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)
- Chapter 6: The Prisoner (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 The Other Side of the Wind (visual effects supervisor)
 2018 Aquaman (production and technical support: ILM)
 2018 Ready Player One (vfx production: ILM)
 2016 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (senior visual effects supervisor)
 2015 Tomorrowland (senior visual effects supervisor)
 2013 Pacific Rim (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 (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 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 (Documentary short) (visual effects supervisor: Apollo 15 landing sequence)
 2005 Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (senior 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 (senior 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 (senior 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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Personal Details

Other Works:

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 »


Spouse:

Jennifer Knoll  (4 children)
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2007 - Ranked #10 on EW's The 50 Smartest People in Hollywood. See more »

Star Sign:

Libra

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