Phil Tippett is the founder and namesake of Tippett Studio. His varied career in visual effects has spanned more than 30 years and includes films such as Starship Troopers, Robocop, Jurassic Park and the original Star Wars Trilogy.
As a child of seven, Phil was profoundly inspired by Ray Harryhausen’s stop-motion classic, The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad and Willis O’Brien’s classic character King Kong. His subsequent devotion to the creation of the fantastic creatures in film has become his raison d’etre. As a young adult Phil established friendships with Ray Harryhausen and Ray Bradbury, and became fascinated with the magic of stop-motion animation.
In 1990 Phil embarked on MAD GOD, an ambitious personal project: fabricating and animating a darkly surreal world in which the creatures and nightmares of his imagination could roam free. Phil produced dozens of environments and hundreds of puppets for the project, filling notebook after notebook with thousands of detailed sketches and storyboards.
Decades after the success of Tippett Studio forced the project into stasis, a group of animators at the studio came upon boxes of shelved props and puppets. After viewing the original footage, they convinced Phil to resurrect the project. The small group began volunteering their weekends to the MAD GOD project, and before long it had snowballed into a crew of more than 60 artists. A wildly successful KickStarter campaign provided funding for materials and equipment.
This year, the first chapter of MAD GOD is to be unleashed on the world. More than 20 years in the making, Phil Tippett’s MAD GOD is truly a labor of the heart and homage to the craft of stop-motion animation.