John Knoll in Maldives for Star Wars filming

One of the original creators of #Adobe #Photoshop, #John #Knoll is in the Maldives for the shooting of the new Star Wars spinoff movie being filmed in the largest atoll of the archipelago, Haveeru has found.

Haveeru has found that Knoll, who worked as the visual effects supervisor on the Star Wars prequels arrived in the Maldives a fortnight ago.

He also served as ILM's visual effects supervisor for Star Trek Generations and Star Trek: First Contact, as well as the Pirates of the Caribbean series. Along with Hal Hickel, Charles Gibson and Allen Hall, Knoll and the trios work on Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest earned them the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects.

The filming of the scenes for the spinoff movie Rogue One being shot in the Maldives began last week.

Over 200 locals have been deployed for the shooting.

Cast of the movie including Forest Whitaker and Felicty Jones arrived in the Maldives last week.

The title of the film and the production company have been kept secret but Maldives tourism minister Moosa Zameer last week confirmed that a Hollywood movie was being filmed in Laamu Atoll.

A helicopter was brought in last week for filming which is expected to be used to shoot the scenic beauty of the high end tourist destination. The helicopter was taken to Laam Atoll Kadhdhoo, the tourism minister confirmed.

According to Zameer, the scenes will be filmed in two islands in Laamu Atoll. One island is Baresdhu island, which has been designated by the government for its guest house island project.

Lucasfilm confirmed the movie will tell the story of "resistance fighters who have united to steal plans to the dreaded Death Star."

Due to be released in December 2016, Rogue One is one of three standalone spin-off Star Wars movies announced by Lucasfilm last year, in addition to the three major upcoming Star Wars episode films.

Rogue One will go “into new territory, exploring the galactic struggle from a ground-war perspective while maintaining that essential Star Wars feel that fans have come to know”, according to Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy in a statement.

She added the film will take place before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope and will be a “departure from the saga films but have elements that are familiar to the Star Wars universe”.


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