Ex’pert Series 10/14 Meyer Hall – John Knoll

September 29, 2011 in Ex'pert Series by vicki

Ex'pert Series - John Knoll, October 14, 2011


John Knoll

John Knoll

Join us for our next
Ex’pert Series featuring John Knoll.

While at USC, Knoll took an advanced animation class where he built a motion control system from an Oxberry animation stand, an Apple II computer, a CNC milling machine controller, and a bunch of industrial surplus stepper motors. Impressed by the student film that was generated from this class project, ILM hired Knoll as a technical assistant for motion control photography.

After joining Industrial Light & Magic in 1986, Knoll was soon promoted to motion control camera operator for Captain EO. After three years of operating, Knoll worked on the ground breaking digital effects for The Abyss. Since that time, he has been promoted to Visual Effects Supervisor, helming the visual effects on more than twenty feature films and commercials.

He has been honored with three Academy Award nominations for Visual Effects Supervising on Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones, Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace, which earned him a BAFTA nomination, and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, in which he was also honored with a BAFTA nomination.

In addition to the Star Wars prequel trilogy, Knoll is responsible for the Visual Effects on the Pirates of the Caribbean films, including Dead Man’s Chest, for which he received both a BAFTA and an Academy Award®. Since then, he supervised visual effects on Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, Confessions of a Shopaholic, Avatar, Rango, and is currently working on Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.

Adding to his vast array of credits is the co-authorship of Photoshop, which Knoll created with his brother in 1987.

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