Founder of Tippett Studio:
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.
Tippett, founder and president of Berkeley-based Tippett Studio,
is an award-winning director of animation and producer of
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.
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.