Industrial Light & Magic’s chief creative officer John Knoll will deliver the keynote at the VIEW vfx and computer graphics conference in Turin, Italy (October 15-18).
“We are deeply honored and incredibly excited to announce that John Knoll, who has been such an important leader in the world of visual effects and computer graphics, will be our 2013 keynote speaker,” says VIEW Conference director Maria Elena Gutierrez. “John will present ILM’s work on Guillermo del Toro’s amazing film Pacific Rim and share his knowledge with VIEW attendees during our annual conference.”
At ILM, Knoll led the award-winning studio’s work on Lucasfilm’s Star Wars Episodes I, II, and III, and Disney’s first two Pirates of the Caribbean films. He was a computer graphics designer on director James Cameron’s 1989 film The Abyss and more recently, visual effects supervisor at ILM for the Oscar-winning films Hugo, Rango and Avatar, three of the 35 films for which he’s credited.
In 2007, Knoll received an Oscar and a BAFTA film award for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest. In addition, Knoll has received five Oscar nominations, four BAFTA nominations, nine VES nominations, and two VES awards for visual effects. The ILM veteran and long-time member of the ILM brain trust became the studio’s first chief creative officer in 2013.
“In addition, of special interest to all our VIEW conference attendees is that in the early 1990’s John Knoll and his brother Thomas invented the program everyone now knows as Adobe’s Photoshop,” Gutierrez says. “I can’t think of a more influential computer graphics program.”
“Each year we try to make the VIEW Conference in our beautiful baroque city of Turin, Italy something our attendees will remember for the rest of their lives,” Gutierrez adds. “This year, I have no doubt we will do just that and more.”
For more info about the 14th annual VIEW confab, visit www.viewconference.it.