By Aharon Rabinowitz
Published on Sunday, January 3rd, 2010
Hi Folks – Next week, I’ll be flying out to San Francisco to interview John Knoll, for Red Giant TV. Unless you’ve been living in a cave free of VFX news, you know that John Knoll was ILM’s Visual Effects Supervisor for Avatar, Star Wars, and many other films. He is one of Hollywood’s most in-demand collaborators for VFX, having won many awards (including an Oscar) for his contributions to some of the biggest films of all time.
We’ll be talking about his film work, co-creating Photoshop with his brother Thomas, and the evolution and use of his popular software, Knoll Light Factory, in motion graphics and films like Avatar, Transformers, J. J. Abram’s Star Trek, and many others.
I’m incredibly excited. I’ve worked with and met a lot of cool people, but this is a whole other thing. His influence on what we do is so profound, I just hope I don’t forget my own name** when I sit down with him, let alone remember to ask him some worthwhile questions about his work. So I need your help…
If there’s anything you ever wanted to ask this visual effects master, post it here, and I may just ask it for you.
No promises – but make it good, and I’ll do my best.
** That may or may not have happened to me when I worked with Director Frank Oz (a.k.a. Yoda). I can neither confirm nor deny.