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WATCH: ILM’s John Knoll Talks ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ Development and More at FMX 2017

Industrial Light & Magic’s chief creative officer discusses story development as well as VFX production, virtual tools and Death Star weapon sequences on Gareth Edwards’ ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.’

'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.' Image courtesy of Industrial Light & Magic. © 2016 Lucasfilm Ltd. All Rights Reserved

With FMX 2017 just finishing up May 5th in Stuttgart, Germany, we’re pleased to present our latest set of exclusive interviews with some of the talented speakers who presented over the packed four-day conference, a group of top industry professionals who converge each year to lecture, teach and network. Watch and enjoy our insightful and entertaining AWN – FMX 2017 Professional Spotlight video series featuring some of the biggest names in animation, visual effects, computer graphics and transmedia. Stay tuned as we add dozens of brand new interviews over the coming weeks.

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In this two-part interview, ILM’s chief creative officer John Knoll discusses his role in the original concept and story development for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, his responsibilities as executive producer and overall VFX supervisor as well as the film’s use of previs and virtual production tools.

He also talks about the biggest challenges he faced supervising the film’s visual effects, including designing the devastatingly real Death Star weapon testing scenes and making decisions on which exciting visual development ideas could be included in the film.

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