September 15th, 2011 by Dunc · 5 Comments
Why was John Knoll at a NASA press conference? Because the space agency has discovered a real-life Tatooine: A planet that orbits two stars at once. The New York Times writes:
The official name of the new planet is Kepler 16b, but astronomers are already referring to it informally as Tatooine, after the home planet of Luke and Anakin Skywalker in the George Lucas “Star Wars” movies, which also had two suns. Indeed, a representative from Mr. Lucas’s production company, Lucasfilm, expected to participate in a news conference at NASA’s Ames Research Laboratory in California, Kepler’s home office.
So, not a moon. Or a space station. I’m so relieved.
Filed: space & science
Tagged: john knoll · nasa · tatooine
September 13th, 2011 by Dunc · 5 Comments
ILM visual effects supervisor John Knoll will be at a NASA press conference on Thursday. The presser is regarding a discovery made by the Kepler misson.
Kepler is the first NASA mission capable of finding Earth-size planets in or near the “habitable zone,” the region in a planetary system where liquid water can exist on the surface of the orbiting planet.
What could it be?
Filed: space & science
Tagged: ilm · john knoll · nasa · space
March 1st, 2009 by Dunc · No Comments
StarWars.com has a partial transcript of WonderCon’s biggest Star Wars event, Steve Sansweet’s presentation. First part a look back at ’99, featuring John Knoll; Part two introduced a new character from The Clone Wars, Cad Bane; Part three has Pablo and Steve going head to head with the Force Trainer and more TCW stuff.
Filed: conventions · the clone wars
Tagged: force trainer · john knoll · pablo hidalgo · steve sansweet · wondercon
March 1st, 2008 by Dunc · No Comments
Boing Boing’s Mark Frauenfelder blogged briefly from a presentation the ILM VFX Supervisor gave at the TED conference yesterday in California. (via)
Filed: film · lucasfilm · people
Tagged: ilm · john knoll
November 30th, 2007 by Dunc · No Comments
ILM effects guru is #10 on Entertainment Weekly’s list of the 50 smartest people in Hollywood. Also making the list are Steven Spielberg (#2,) Johnny Depp (#21,) J.J. Abrams (#29) and Cate Blanchett (#45.) (via)
Tagged: cate blanchett · john knoll · johnny depp · lists · steven spielberg
July 11th, 2007 by Dunc · 1 Comment
Harry Potter movies still lag behind Star Wars saga in the box office, though they have beaten Lord of the Rings. In other epic comparison news, Luke goes head to head with Harry and Frodo.
Nice of you to drop by
Filed: fandom · people · star wars
Tagged: artoo · billy dee williams · dueling franchises · harry potter · ilm · john knoll · lists · lord of the rings
May 2nd, 2007 by Dunc · Comments Off
Tagged: celebration iv · don bies · john knoll · lorne peterson
April 20th, 2007 by Dunc · Comments Off
John Knoll, one of the creators of Photoshop, and also some sort of effects guy, will be giving a behind-the-scenes retrospective of his work at ILM.
Good news for gamers – Star Wars Galaxies will be holding a Community Summit and for more traditional gamers, a Tatooine Game Parlor will be held in the Fan Club Lounge.
Tagged: celebration iv · galaxies · john knoll