You may not know the name Phil Tippett, but you most certainly know his work. The VFX legend has been integral in the creation of some of modern cinema's greatest creature effects, from the animation for the AT-AT walkers and the tauntauns in "The Empire Strikes Back," to the dinosaurs in "Jurassic Park," to the robots in "RoboCop," and even the bugs in "Starship Troopers."
Imagine a world in which monsters, mad scientists, and war pigs rule the land. Soon, you won’t have to imagine it — you’ll see it up-close and personal in Phil Tippett’s Mad God, which had its trailer released recently by Shudder. The trailer depicts a ruined...
Anyone who cares about science fiction, fantasy, or action movies from the 1970s to the 1990s grew up with the work of animator and special-effects guru Phil Tippett, whether they know it or not. He’s a legend in the industry, launched into prominence with his stop-motion work on the original Star Wars trilogy, from designing and shooting Chewbacca’s holographic chess set in Star Wars to animating the Tauntauns and AT-ATs in The Empire Strikes Back. His groundbreaking work on both the practical and digital dinosaur effects on Jurassic Park won him an Oscar and gave him the freedom to launch his own studio. It also made him a long-running meme: The film billed him as “Dinosaur Supervisor,” which led internet jokesters to note that he didn’t do his one job, since the dinosaurs escaped and started eating people.
Phil Tippett has contributed more to the magic found in movies than he gets recognition for. A true wizard behind the curtain, Tippett first became enthralled with the worlds of stop-motion and creature creation thanks to the works of Ray Harryhausen, but his own innate abilities would prove to be monumental. Over time, he designed dinosaurs for Jurassic Park, attached his creative strategies to Star Wars for the AT-AT Imperial Walkers, the infamous Rancor, and even Jabba the Hutt himself. Let’s not forget his work on Robocop.
Stop motion animation makes gods of humans. For what is divinity, except breathing life into the inanimate? The art has its pantheon. Willis O'Brien, the man who made King Kong roar; Karel Zeman, who fused stop motion and live action footage; Czech nightmare-maker Jan vankmajer; monster master Ray Harryhausen; and Phil Tippett. The man that made Luke Skywalker fly through the legs of an AT-AT and brought mechanical injustice to Detroit in Robocop, before applying his understanding of motion to computers to make dinosaurs walk in Jurassic Park. But now he has stirred a Mad God, his stop motion epic of darkness and monsters that evokes experimental filmmakers like Stan Brakhage as much as the legacy of moviemaking one incremental action at a time.
Mad God nearly destroyed filmmaker Phil Tippett. The legendary SFX artist best known for his iconic and groundbreaking stop-motion-animation work on the Star Wars films and Jurassic Park began working on Mad God 30 years ago and has finally unleashed his apocalyptic animated vision to the world. The man who brought us the incredible AT-AT sequence in The Empire Strikes Back, the Rancor in Return of the Jedi, and the rampaging T-Rex in Jurassic Park has finally delivered his magnum opus, a fascinating and hellish stop-motion descent into the depths of a future world unlike anything we’ve ever seen before.
You may not know his name, but you definitely know of Phil Tippett’s work. The Oscar and Emmy Award-winning visual effects supervisor, producer and director has revolutionized creature design, stop-motion and computerized character animation, and is often paired with Ray Harryhausen as the two masters of stop-motion. Tippett has worked on everything from Star Wars and RoboCop, to Piranha and Starship Troopers.
Fantasia 2021 Interview: Director and FX Legend Phil Tippett on the 30-Year Journey of Making MAD GOD
Easily one of the most strikingly bold films of this year’s Fantasia Film Festival, Phil Tippett’s Mad God feels like a journey into a realm filled with death and destruction, brimming with haunting visuals unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. And for those who may not know, Tippett is one of the greatest creative minds to have ever worked in Hollywood, lending his talents to a variety of projects including the original Star Wars trilogy, Jurassic Park, RoboCop, Dragonslayer, Willow, Howard the Duck, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, and so many more.
Listen to our full conversation on my podcast “Beyond the Fame.”. Movie stars get all of the attention, but movie magic is often created behind the scenes. Phil Tippett has crafted the Oscar-winning special effects in classics from “Star Wars” (1977) to “Jurassic Park” (1993) and is heading a new animated feature “Mad God.”
North American premiere at the 2021 Fantasia International Film Festival. Update ad settings in the plugin. Missing ad unit configuration. Part of Hassle film editor Oscar Goff’s continuing coverage of the 2021 Fantasia International Film Festival – click here to follow along!. Of all the genres of film, few are...
You definitely know Phil Tippett’s work even if you don’t know his name. The 3D chess game in Star Wars, the AT-ATs and Tauntauns in Empire Strikes Back, ED-209 in Robocop, the bugs from Starship Troopers and the dinosaurs from Jurassic Park are just some of the creations Tippett has brought to life. One of Hollywood’s leading visual effects designers since the 1970s, Tippett has just spent three decades directing his first feature film: Mad God, a gruesome animated fable wherein a mysterious spy must infiltrate the lower depths on a dangerous mission. It starts with one of the shirtier quotes from Leviticus, the Bible’s angriest book, before plummeting to the depths of a gory, dripping underworld. Think Dante via Ren and Stimpy, or Pasolini with stop motion animation.
The animation and SFX legend talks his long-gestating stop motion opus. Part of Hassle film editor Oscar Goff’s continuing coverage of the 2021 Fantasia International Film Festival – click here to follow along!. Even if you’re not familiar with his name, you’re almost certainly familiar with the work of Phil...
EXCLUSIVE: Two-time Oscar-winning artist and animator Phil Tippett (Jurassic Park) is getting into the NFT game. The respected industry vet, known for his work on franchises including Star Wars, Jurassic Park, RoboCop and Starship Troopers, is selling a segment of his 1984 go motion animated short film Dinosaur! on digital art marketplace SuperRare. This is thought to be the first artwork by an Oscar winner to be sold as a Non-Fungible Token. SuperRare has been described as “Instagram meets Christies”. It’s a marketplace to collect and trade digital artworks and where each artwork is tokenized as a crypto-collectible digital item. Tippett created the stop-motion miniature...
NFT: Steve Aoki Moves Forward With Dominion X Pilot ; Phil Tippett “Dinosaur!” Hitting Marketplace Soon
Steve Aoki’s animated short Dominion X is officially sold out, and did so in under a minute with 500 units sold. Next up, the DJ wants to produce a pilot episode of the show with Stoopid Buddy Stoodios returning to produce. Financing will come by way of funds raised from both the initial sale of the aforementioned NFT, and future resells with the hope being that a TV network may eventually order Dominion X to series.
With his work on Star Wars, RoboCop, Jurassic Park, Starship Troopers, and many more, the Oscar-winning Phil Tippett has come to define the landscape of visual effects for the past many decades––particularly on the now-rare practical side of filmmaking. The artist has been toiling away at an ambitious independent new project, Mad God, for quite some time, having first attempted to begin work on it back in the early 1990s. Following a successful Kickstarter campaign, the film has now completed production and is set to premiere at Locarno Film Festival and Fantasia International Film Festival this month.
‘Star Wars’ VFX Artist Phil Tippett on Premiering His ‘Mad God’ Opus and Leaving ‘Hollywood Filmmaking’ Behind
An extinction event has brought an end to Phil Tippett’s dinosaur days. The legendary “Star Wars” and “Jurassic Park” VFX artist who helped bring George Lucas’ galactic menagerie to life, who gave teeth to Steven Spielberg’s T. Rex, is preparing to unveil his greatest work, while leaving “Hollywood filmmaking” in the Mesozoic-view mirror. For the last 30 years, Tippett has been toiling away at “Mad God,” an experimental animation set in a “ghost world of mankind.” The film was funded in large part by a Kickstarter campaign, has no describable plot, and almost drove Tippett insane. A final cut will have its world...
From the original Star Wars trilogy to Starship Troopers, legendary and Oscar Award-winning visual effects artist Phil Tippett has long established himself a pioneer and master of stop-motion animation. He’s kept so busy that it’s taken him thirty years to complete his personal stop-motion animated masterwork, Mad God. A new...