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John Knoll

John Knoll
Born (1962-02-06) February 6, 1962
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Education USC School of Cinematic Arts
Occupation Visual Effects Supervisor, chief creative officer (CCO)

John Knoll (born 1962) is a visual effects supervisor and chief creative officer (CCO) at Industrial Light & Magic (ILM).[1] 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. His work on Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest earned him the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects.[2]

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."[3]

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.[4]

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".

His brother is Thomas Knoll and their father is Glenn Knoll, who is emeritus professor at the University of Michigan.[5]


  • Feature films 1
  • Books 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Feature films

John Knoll visits the 5-25-77 panel, Stars war . 2007
Year Title Other Notes
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


  • John Knoll, J. W. Rinzler: Creating the Worlds of Star Wars: 365 Days with CDROM; Book about the Making of the Star Wars Saga; ISBN 0-8109-5936-4


  1. ^ Cohen, David (23 May 2013). "Industrial Light & Magic Ups John Knoll to Chief Creative Officer (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 1 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "Nominees & Winners for the 79th Academy Awards".  
  3. ^ Cohen, David (28 May 2013). "John Knoll Hailed By Helmers Bird, Verbinski, del Toro and Cameron". Variety. Retrieved 23 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "Red Giant - Products - Knoll Light Factory 3.0 - More Info".  
  5. ^

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