Speakers at Animation 2002
Part of Animex, International Festival of Animation
Thursday January 31 - Friday February 1

PHIL TIPPETT

KEN BIELENBERG

BILL PLYMPTON

PAUL DRIESSEN

BARRY PURVES

ASTLEY BAKER

FRAMESTORE CFC

SLINKY PICTURES

ED HOOKS

COSGROVE HALL FILMS

PHIL TIPPETT
Founder of Tippett Studio:
www.tippett.com
Tippett Studio is a unique company in the visual effects world. Established in 1983, in Berkeley, California, we have focused exclusively on character animation and visual effects for major motion pictures. We are developing the craft of filmmaking through all technologies possible.

Phil Tippett, founder and president of Berkeley-based Tippett Studio, is an award-winning director of animation and producer of visual effects.

Tippett's sophisticated knowledge of filmmaking and powerful ability to visualize a sequence of events through dynamic movement has earned him two Oscar wins out of six nominations, as well as two Emmys. Phil is the artist who breathes life into animated characters, giving each one so much individual personality through movement and gesture that the audience accepts it completely. "He's an artist who can come to the center of a character." said Dennis Muren, who worked with Phil on Jurassic Park"And he's got experience that hardly anybody else has in bringing creatures to life".

Phil's career has spanned over 20 years and has successfully transitioned from his beginnings as a hands-on stop-motion animator to the creative head of a full service digital facility with 150+ employees.

At the age of seven, Phil saw Ray Harryhausen's special effects classic, The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad and his life's direction was set. Phil completed a Bachelor's degree in Art at the University of California, Irvine, and went to work at the animation studio Cascade Pictures in Los Angeles.

In 1978, Phil headed the ILM animation department with Jon Berg for the The Empire Strikes Back. Tippett animated the sinister Imperial Walkers and the hybrid alien creature called the Tauntaun. In 1982 Tippett co-developed the animation technique called Go-Motion for Dragonslayer and received his first Academy Award nomination for the extraordinarily realistic animation of the dragon. By 1983 Tippett was head of the famed Lucasfilm creature shop for Return of the Jedi. Phil Tippett was awarded his first Oscar, for Jedi in 1984.

 

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