WHO ARE WE?

Tippett Studio is a premier, full-service, animation and visual effects production company helmed by two-time Oscar and Emmy award winner Phil Tippett, and staffed by designers, supervisors, animators and producers dedicated to the delivering premium visual effects at a competitive price. From hands-on stop-motion animation to bleeding edge computer graphics, our Berkeley, California studio services clients from around the world, and has a reputation for excellence and customer satisfaction.

WHAT DO WE OFFER?

  • On-Set Supervision
  • Previsualisation
  • Concept Art and Design
  • Look Development and R&D
  • Photorealistic Creature and Character Animation
  • Virtual and Augmented Reality Production
  • Motion and Facial Capture Services
  • In-Game Cinematics Production
  • Themed and Location-Based Media Production
  • Dynamics
  • Environments
  • Compositing and Finishing
  • Editorial

WHO IS TIPPETT STUDIO TODAY?

From our storied early days as the go-to company for stop motion animation (Robocop, The Star Wars Trilogy, Honey I Shrunk The Kids), Tippett Studio is proud to have maintained its position as one of the most renowned character animation studios in the world.  The studio was founded in 1984 after Phil Tippett received his first Oscar (Return of the Jedi), re-dedicated after its second Oscar (Jurassic Park) as a computer-graphics innovator.  It thrives today with a diverse roster of clients and projects.  Our passionate team faces every challenge with ingenuity, curiosity and out-of-the-box thinking.

Contact our team for more information about how we can help you bring your project to life.

Phil Tippett is the founder, chief creative officer, and namesake of Tippett Studio. His varied career in visual effects has spanned more than 40 years and includes 2 Academy Awards, 6 Academy Award nominations, 1 BAFTA, 4 BAFTA nominations, 2 Emmys and the advent of modern digital effects in motion pictures.
Jules Roman is co-founder, president and executive producer of Tippett Studio. A creative executive, artist and filmmaker, her personal commitment is to foster a creative environment, friendly to other filmmakers and employees alike. In recent years, Jules has been nimble in the face of runaway production overseas, maintaining her Berkeley-based studio by diversifying offerings for themed entertainment, TV commercials, mobile and VR content, and international productions. In her early film career, Jules produced documentary films and worked in feature film post–production including an extended involvement in the editing of Milos Forman's Amadeus. A native of Bristol, England, Jules received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting from Gloucestershire College of Art and Design and her MFA from the University of California, Davis.
Sanjay Das is partner and chief operating officer at Tippett Studio overseeing Operations & Technology and directly contributing in Strategic Planning and Business Development initiatives. In his role Sanjay has instrumented several enabling technologies that has helped realize creative and technical goals across multiple media production pipelines including visual effects for films, commercials, TV shows and online digital publishing. Prior to joining Tippett Studio, Sanjay worked in the executive team at DreamWorks Animation overseeing Research & Development and expanding off-shoring opportunities for the company. He directly contributed towards the technical and creative challenges for mega blockbuster animation films like Shrek 2, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda among others. Sanjay has an engineering degree from the prestigious National Institute of Technology in India and spend first few years of his job based out of Singapore.

You Dream It, We Make It.

AWARDS

Tippett Studio is proud to have be honored by our peers in a variety of forums.

Phil Tippett has received the prestigious George Melies Award for Pioneering in the realm of Visual Effects  by the Visual Effects Society, as well as this highest festival honors at the German Film Museum of Frankfurt among others.

Tippett Studio is proud to have be honored by our peers in a variety of forums.

Phil Tippett has received the prestigious George Melies Award for Pioneering in the realm of Visual Effects  by the Visual Effects Society, as well as this highest festival honors at the German Film Museum of Frankfurt among others.

Tippett Studio commendations include:

  • 2 Academy Awards (9 Add’l Nominations)
  • 2 Emmy Awards
  • 4 Saturn Awards
  • 4 Clio Awards
  • 1 BAFTA Award
  • 1 Golden Satellite Award
Academy Awards

1993: Jurassic Park – Best Visual Effects
(Awarded to Phil Tippett, Dennis Muren, Stan Winston, Michael Lantieri)

1983: Return of the Jedi – Special Achievement Award for Visual Effects
(Awarded to Phil Tippett, Richard Edlund, Dennis Muren, Ken Ralston)

Academy Award Nominations

2015: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
(Nominated Parties: Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Neal Scanlan, Chris Corbould)

2011: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
(Nominated Parties: Tim Burke, David Vickery, Greg Butler, John Richardson)

2007: The Golden Compass – Best Visual Effects
(Nominated Parties: Michael Fink, Bill Westenhofer, Ben Morris, Trevor Wood)

2006: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest – Best Visual Effects
(Nominated Parties: John Knoll, Hal Hickel, Charles Gibson, Allen Hall)

2000: Hollow Man – Best Visual Effects
(Nominated Parties: Scott E Anderson, Craig Hayes, Scott Stokdyk, Stan Parks)

1997: Starship Troopers – Best Visual Effects
(Nominated Parties: Phil Tippett, Scott E Anderson, Alec Gillis, Tom Woodruff Jr,, John Richardson)

1995: Dragonheart – Best Visual Effects
(Nominated Parties: Scott Squires, Phil Tippett, James Straus, Kit West)

1988: Willow – Best Visual Effects
(Nominated Parties: Dennis Muren, Michael J McAlister, Phil Tippett, Christopher Evans)

1982: Dragonslayer – Best Visual Effects
(Nominated Parties: Phil Tippett, Dennis Muren, Ken Ralston, Brian Johnson)

“Allow yourself to go into uncharted territories.”

– Phil Tippett

PHIL TIPPETT

Phil Tippett is the founder and namesake of Tippett Studio. His varied career in visual effects has spanned more than 40 years and includes 2 Academy Awards, 6 Academy Award nominations, 1 BAFTA, 4 BAFTA nominations, 2 Emmys and the advent of modern digital effects in motion pictures.

Phil Tippett is the founder and namesake of Tippett Studio. His varied career in visual effects has spanned more than 40 years and includes 2 Academy Awards, 6 Academy Award nominations, 1 BAFTA, 4 BAFTA nominations, 2 Emmys and the advent of modern digital effects in motion pictures.

As a child of seven, Phil was profoundly inspired by Ray Harryhausen’s stop-motion classic, ‘The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad’ and by 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 kid, and then as a student always drawing, sculpting and making animations he developed his skills in a broader context first with a Fine Arts degree from University of California, Irvine, then as an animator at the commercial house, Cascade Pictures, Los Angeles. As a young adult Phil sought out teachers and mentors establishing connections and friendships with Ray Harryhausen and Ray Bradbury.

At Cascade, in the early ‘70s, traditional effects: hanging miniatures, stop motion animation, rear screen projection, forced perspective were used to enhance a variety of commercials: Pillsbury Doughboy, Jolly Green Giant etc. It was there, in the playful atmosphere of that rough workshop/stage in the center of Hollywood, that Phil Tippett, Dennis Muren and Ken Ralston cut their teeth in the world of VFX, inspired and egged on by Tex Avery the great animator, and their boss and mentor Phil Kellison. At the time of this apprenticeship visual effects was a little regarded wing of the motion picture business but it was to become one of the most influential and game changing aspects of filmmaking.

In 1977 Phil was approached by Joe Dante and Jon Davison to create the viscous fish for Roger Corman’s, ‘Piranha’. It was a lesson in low budget, seat of the pants filmmaking and cemented a bond between Phil and Jon.