Phil Tippett – Stop motion animator, producer, director, extraordinaire

Star Wars Episode VII came out the other day and the internet has been going crazy with spoilers and nostalgia and documentaries and old tv spots and anything remotely related to the Star Wars Franchise. The animated internet world is no different, with documentaries and interviews of animation in star wars appearing everywhere online. Anyway Phil Tippett is amazing and has worked on and had a massive impact on some of the greatest and some of my favourite films.

For Jurassic park Phil was credited as the Dinosaur Supervisor, which sparked people to question his credulities, i mean honestly, YOU HAD ONE JOB PHIL!!

Vice documentary – My Life In Monsters: Meet the Animator Behind Star Wars, Jurassic Park, and ‘Mad God’

From the videos description:

Phil Tippett is the Oscar-winning stop-motion animator and designer behind some of the greatest fantasy creatures and sci-fi set pieces in cinema history. From his humble beginnings as an alien patron in the iconic Cantina sequence from ‘Star Wars: A New Hope’, to pioneering stop-motion techniques used throughout ‘Empire Strikes Back’ and ‘Return of the Jedi’, to seamlessly merging practical animation and CGI in Jurassic Park and beyond. In ‘My Life in Monsters’, VICE chronicles Tippett’s legendary life work, illustrating the process behind his greatest creations, the emotional hardships of transitioning into Hollywood’s digital revolution, and completing his return-to-form, stop-motion opus with the brutal, dystopian ‘Mad God’.

MAD GOD – Teaser Trailer

[Uploaded to Youtube on 14 October 2010]

Phil Tippett interview on Ain’t It Cool with Harry Knowles – MAD GOD

MAD GOD is still in the process of being completed. This: is the official website, where you can find news, relevant info and links and actually buy the first part of the four part film. Here: is the kickstarter page for part one that finished long  ago but has some interesting stuff there, like ‘2,523 backers pledged $124,156 to help bring this project to life’ and also cool film stills and concept art.

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I am subscribed to this Youtube channel called ‘Tested’ which i found because of my love of Mythbusters and for Adam Savage; one of the hosts of Mythbusters alongside the amazing Jamie Hyneman. On Tested Adam and two other hosts make stuff, feature cool things, interview cool people and generally just post videos with cool stuff. Adam worked on movies and has a history of building and creating and crafting things so often they feature Adams creations and the processes he uses to make stuff. Anyway they have recently been going mad for Star Wars, naturally, as they are all big fans and Adam actually worked on Star Wars The Phantom Menace and The Clone Wars. Anyway here’s a really cool interview they did with Phil about the Holochess used in The Force Awakens:

Making the Holochess for Star Wars : The Force Awakens!

From the video description:

[Note: This video contains a very minor spoiler about a special effects sequence in Star Wars: The Force Awakens]

One of the many surprises in Star Wars: The Force Awakens that delighted fans was the appearance of the Dejarik holochess game on the Millennium Falcon. Adam Savage went behind-the-scenes at Tippett Studio to watch Phil Tippett and his team create the stop-motion animation sequence, and learns a secret about how this cameo connects to the original Star Wars!

See the holochess pieces up close in these photos:…

Thanks so much to Tippett Studio for giving us access to this amazing process!

Phil Tippett’s Prehistoric Beast

This is the full short film by Phil that was featured and he spoke about in the Vice documentary that he was told was too scary for children.

From the video description:

This stop motion short film, made in a garage in 1984, was the catalyst that launched the wild idea of creating an independent business whose sole purpose was to create animation for movies. And so began Tippett Studio. Phil sort of had an inkling that Dinosaurs might be once again popular as PB preceded a wave of popular interest in dinosaurs spurred on in 1990 with the publishing of Michael Crichton’s book, Jurassic Park and the subsequent blockbuster movie by Steven Spielberg in 1993.

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