Pixel by pixel, pic by pic, John Knoll is approaching living-legend status.
Knoll's growing list of accomplishments includes a visual effects Oscar for "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest"; credits spanning the "Star Wars," "Star Trek, "Mission: Impossible" franchises and an Oscar-winning animated feature, "Rango"; and one of the world's most popular and important software applications, Photoshop, which he invented with his brother Tom.
Directors praise him lavishly. Guillermo del Toro, who directed Knoll's next pic as vfx supervisor, "Pacific Rim," calls him flatly "by far my favorite vfx collaborator, because in him you have a superb technician, a great artist and a magnificent human being. He is truly a great partner to have in your project."