Tippett Studio

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Tippett Studio is a visual effects company specializing in computer-generated imagery (CGI) for films and television commercials. Phil Tippett founded the studio in 1984, which employs effects artists who work with his partners Jules Roman and Craig Hayes.

Tippett Studio has created visual effects and animations on over fifty feature films and commercials, garnering an Academy Award, four Clio awards and two Emmy Awards. The company currently consists of approximately 150 employees, with offices located in Berkeley, California.

History[edit]

Tippett Studio first began as a stop motion animation company (by means of its particular stop motion animation variant, the so called go motion animation technique). It also designed and built live action props for films like RoboCop, Robocop 2, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, and Ghost. As of 1991, Tippett Studio changed to computer-generated imagery to work on Jurassic Park, (released in 1993, with Industrial Light and Magic) by developing the Digital Input Device (DID). The DID was a new effects technology which placed computer-linked sensors into the moving joints of three-dimensional, articulated character models. This system earned Craig Hayes a Scientific and Technical Achievement Academy Award and the work on Jurassic Park earned the studio an Oscar. Creature animation work for Coneheads (also released in 1993) was the last go motion puppet project done by this company.

Paul Verhoeven's 1997 film Starship Troopers became at the time Tippett Studio’s biggest project, with over 500 effects shots, for which the company received another Academy Award nomination. Phil Tippett co-directed the large-scale battle sequences with Verhoeven. The studio doubled in size to digitally animate and composite hundreds of creature shots for the film.

Early in 2000, the studio re-teamed with Paul Verhoeven on Hollow Man. Craig Hayes co-supervised the creation of the invisible Sebastian whose outline becomes visible in steam, rain, water and even blood. The outstanding visual effects was recognized with another Academy Award nomination.

Motion picture filmography[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Film[edit]

Commercials[edit]

  • 2002: Blockbuster Video, Carl & Ray: Kung Fu – Clio Award, Gold – Computer Animation
  • 2002: Blockbuster Video, Carl & Ray: Gotta Dance – Clio Award, Bronze – Computer Animation
  • 2002: Blockbuster Video, Carl & Ray: Prima Donna – Clio Award, Bronze – Computer Animation
  • 2002: Blockbuster Video, Carl & Ray: Kung Fu – Clio Award, Bronze – Visual Effects

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