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John Knoll Hailed By Helmers Bird, Verbinski, del Toro and Cameron

Billion Dollar VFX Supervisor

Brad Bird (Director, “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol”)
“One of the reasons I like him is because he’s about not just physics and light and properties. He’s down for any crazy idea you want to do. But he doesn’t want it to look like an effect. When you get into something stylized like Rango the goal is not to be ‘realistic,’ the goal is to be convincing. And those are two different things.”

Gore Verbinski (Director, “Pirates of the Caribbean” trilogy and “Rango”)
“There’s a duality to John. He’s a brainiac in the best sense, so we could have conversations on sub-surface scattering of light and fluid simulation and particle simulation, but I could also talk about a scene emotionally like I would talk to an actor. He has that skillset as well, and that’s very rare.”

Guillermo del Toro (Director, “Pacific Rim”)
“He has an experience and longevity in this business that would warrant him being jaded, or him being crusty about the way things have to be done. But I extracted a lot of crazy stuff from him; and he was so happy to try unorthodox, basically weird stuff. He basically has the heart of a kid and the mind of a scientist, and that’s a great combination.”

James Cameron (Director, “The Abyss” and “Avatar”)
“He knows he’s not there to make his version of the film, but at the same time there has to be some pride of authorship in the way the shots look. I think it’s that balance between having pride in your own work and the dazzle the shots will create but making sure you’re 100% delivering on the vision of the filmmaker. And having run an effects facility myself for a few years, I know what the traits of really good effects supervisors are and I see all that in John very clearly.”

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