VICE has released a profile titled “My Life In Monsters,” which looks at the life and work of Phil Tippett, the Academy Award winning visual effects artist who has worked on movies like Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, RoboCop, Willow, Jurassic Park, and Starship Troopers. And yes, he is the very same “You Had One Job” Phil Tippett credited as the Dinosaur Supervisor on Jurassic Park.
The profile runs over 22 minute in length, beginning with Tippett’s first inspiration to get into the world of stop-motion and visual effects: the work of the great Ray Harryhausen, and more specifically his 1958 film The 7th Voyage of Sinbad and covering some of his most notable work such as the cantina scene, tauntauns, AT-ATs, Jabba the Hutt, and Rancor in the Star Wars universe, ED-209 in RoboCop, the dinosaurs of Jurassic Park, and more. It also looks at his phenomenally dark and twister crowdfunded stop-motion project titled Mad God.
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Phil Tippett is the Oscar-winning stop-motion animator and designer behind some of the greatest fantasy creatures and sci-fi set pieces in cinema history. From his humble beginnings as an alien patron in the iconic Cantina sequence from ‘Star Wars: A New Hope’, to pioneering stop-motion techniques used throughout ‘Empire Strikes Back’ and ‘Return of the Jedi’, to seamlessly merging practical animation and CGI in Jurassic Park and beyond. In ‘My Life in Monsters’, VICE chronicles Tippett’s legendary life work, illustrating the process behind his greatest creations, the emotional hardships of transitioning into Hollywood’s digital revolution, and completing his return-to-form, stop-motion opus with the brutal, dystopian ‘Mad God’.