- "No matter how technologically advanced moviemaking instruments have become, they remain tools. And as tools, they will always need artists to wield them, and their creative visions to lead the way. To us, there is no greater example of such an artist than John Knoll. Whatever the problem we throw at him, he'll never fail to come up with a solution that not only meets the technical requirements or limitations of the project, but also makes sense within the overall storytelling. Hand the impossible to John, and he'll crack it."
- ―Rick McCallum
John Knoll is Chief Creative Officer/Senior Visual Effects Supervisor of Industrial Light & Magic, having been promoted to that position on May 23, 2013, after serving as the company's visual effects supervisor since 1991. He joined ILM in 1986.
Knoll is an Academy Award winner, and has been nominated five times overall for his work on visual effects, and co-created the digital image-processing program Adobe Photoshop. He made cameo appearances as Rya Kirsch in Episode I, as Tannon Praji and the Coruscant fire fighter pilot in Episode III.
In 2016, Knoll announced that the film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is based on an unproduced script that he wrote for the Star Wars live-action TV show. He is also one of the members of the Intellectual Property Development Group.