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For over thirty years, Tippett Studio has continuously maintained its position as a leading animation and visual effects company by working collaboratively with clients to provide elite services in the areas of character animation, visual effects, environments, and commercials. Simultaneously, we continue to innovate and keep pace with emerging forms of media such as mobile apps, virtual and augmented reality and special venue projects such as theme park rides and large-scale media projection.
Tippett Studio is a premier visual effects, animation, and media production studio based in Berkeley, California, USA.
Animation pioneer Phil Tippett and partner Jules Roman founded Tippett Studio in 1984. From humble beginnings, Tippett Studio has become a world-class visual effects company. We produce a broad range of high quality media for a global market, from large format entertainment for motion based rides to feature films, commercials and apps for mobile devices.
A multi-Academy Award winner, Phil’s career began with the Star Wars Trilogy. He designed, built and hand-animated sequences for Robocop 1&2, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids and Ghostbusters 2. The advent of CG animation arrived in the form of the legendary Steven Spielberg film, Jurassic Park. Phil and the studio played a central role in bringing the dinosaurs to life for the movie and it became a defining moment in the history of the industry as filmmakers turned to the possibilities presented by CG.
Since then, we have created indelible characters and scenes for Starship Troopers, Hellboy, the Matrix films, Constantine, and Cloverfield, as well as for family films like Charlotte’s Web and Enchanted. From the shapeshifting wolves in the Twilight Saga movies to the outrageous hero of Ted and Ted 2 and the 1940’s Shanghai skyline for John Woo’s The Crossing, we bring our decades of filmmaking experience to every creative challenge.
Recently we’ve expanded our operations to include several projects in China, creating an extraordinary 6K, photoreal recreation of the Anhui landscape for Wanda’s flying-theatre attraction in Hefei, as well as action-packed animated sequences of the Naza character for the Chinese epic, League of Gods (Feng Shen Bang), with director Koan Hui. Riding on the runaway success of World of Warcraft, Intel recently hired Tippett Studio to provide on set supervision and character animation for a commercial, shot in Beijing and featuring the fearsome character of Orgrim Doomhammer.
Tippett Studio is proud to have maintained its position as one of the most renowned character animation studios in the world. We provide a wide range of creative services: concept design, creature design, environmental and digital set design, modeling, pre-visualization, 2D compositing, 3D effects and character animation, motion capture, editorial services and on-set supervision and production. 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.
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:
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)
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)
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.
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