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
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In 1983 Tippett Studio was born when Phil left ILM and set up a studio in his garage to create a 10-minute experimental film called Prehistoric Beast. The realism of the dinosaurs it depicted and the film's reflection of contemporary scientific theory led to the 1985 CBS animated documentary Dinosaur! Tippett Studio won its first award, an Emmy for Special Visual Effects, for the animated dinosaur sequences for the CBS show.

In 1985 producer Jon Davison hired Tippett to create the animated robot sequences for Robocop. Craig Hayes was simultaneously hired to design and build the ED209 robot. This project became the start of a long and successful collaboration between Phil and Craig.

In 1991, because of Phil's background and understanding of dinosaur movement and behavior, Steven Spielberg selected Tippett to supervise animation on 50 dinosaur shots for Jurassic Park. As animation director for the film, Phil supervised both the Tippett Studio and the ILM animators. The resulting realistic portraits of dinosaurs that breathe, flex, twitch and react, earned a second Oscar for Phil. Jurassic Park resulted in the development by Tippett Studio's Craig Hayes of the DID (Digital Input Device) which was pivotal in the transition from stop-motion to computer generated animation has in brining creatures to life.

In 1995, Tippett Studio was hired to create the giant, hostile alien arachnids in Paul Verhoeven's adaptation of Robert Heinlein's classic science fiction novel Starship Troopers. Tippett marshalled a team of 100 animators, model makers, computer artists and technicians and expanded to a second all-CGI facility. Because of the intensity of his involvement, and his ability to pre-visualize the hoards of teeming arachnids, Verhoeven has credited Phil with co-directing the large-scale battle sequences for Starship Troopers. The excellence of the work in this film resulted in Tippett's sixth nomination in 1997 for an Academy Award.

The late 90's have been a time of substantial growth at Tippett Studio. Phil has supervised animation and effects in Virus for Universal and My Favorite Martian for Disney. He recently co-supervised effects with Craig Hayes, on Jan De Bont's, The Haunting for Dreamworks. Under Phil and Craig's lead, Tippett Studio created over 100 complex effects shots that expressed the horrific character of the house and the manifestation of the spirits that live there.

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