John Knoll: Pioneering The Phantom Menace’s VFX Innovations

In the article, it is highlighted that John Knoll, co-creator of Photoshop and a visual effects veteran at Industrial Light & Magic, played a significant role as the visual effects supervisor in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. Knoll and his team pushed the boundaries of digital effects to create complex and unprecedented sequences such as the podrace and photorealistic digital terrains. The article discusses the innovative techniques developed for the film, including the use of “three-dimensional matte paintings” for the pod