VFX Wizard John Knoll to Provide Keynote at the 2013 View Conference in Italy

Here’s something for those aspiring VFX and post-production artists out there.  The VIEW Conference (running from October 15th to the 18th) in Italy is all about this sort of work, and will be featuring a number of guests with information on this field of work.  John Knoll, one of the most recognizable people at ILM will be providing the keynote address as well.  Here’s all the info:


“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, October 15 to 18.”

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 Jim Cameron’s 1989 film The Abyss and more recently, visual effects supervisor at ILM for the Oscar-winning films Hugo (Martin Scorsese), Rango (Gore Verbinski), and Avatar (Jim Cameron), 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.”
Registration is now open for the 14th annual VIEW Conference, which typically finds 8,000 students and professionals from Italy, throughout Europe, and beyond enjoying the carefully crafted, practical, and inspirational conference program. The VIEW Conference immediately follows the annual ViewFest, the Italian evolution of Resfest.

VIEW Conference is brought to you thanks to the support of the Compagnia di San Paolo, Fondazione Crt, Chamber of Commerce, City of Turin and the Piedmont Region.