Academy Winner John Knoll on Technology in FilmmakingBy kamla bhatt • Mar 27th, 2012
Category: Entertainment, Featured, Hollywood, Ideas, San Francisco/Silicon Valley, Video
Academy-award winner John Knoll works behind the scenes, but you have probably seen his visual effects magic in “Avatar,” “Rango,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Hugo,” Mission Impossible,” “Star Wars” and many other films.
Knoll is a visual effects supervisor at Industrial Light and Magic and in 2007 won an Academy award for Best Visual Effects for “The Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest.”
In this interview Knoll talks about Photoshop, working in films like “Avatar” and ”Rango,” and Johnny Depp. He also shares about the legendary Italian director Sergio Leone’s work and how it influenced in the making of “Rango,” which won an Academy award for animated film in 2012.
We start off our conversation talking about Photoshop, which was originally written by his brother Thomas Knoll. It was John, who worked with his brother in further developing the product and demoing it in Silicon Valley and piqued Adobe’s interest. He talks about Silicon Valley’s role in filmmaking and “democratization of technology.” When tools become inexpensive then talent and time become crucial he points out in the interview.
This interview was recorded in Silicon Valley in September 2011 at the Palo Alto Internatinal Film Festival.
Photo credit: Jenny Elwick in the Official Celebration IV blog