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
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.
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.
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.