PHIL TIPPETT – MAD DREAMS & MONSTERS
Directors: Gilles Penso & Alexandre Poncet
Documentary | F | 2018
85 min | Dolby 5.1
53rd Hof International Film Festival
Stop motion animator, designer and director Phil Tippett has created several legendary characters throughout his career, from Jabba the Hutt to the monster insects in STARSHIP TROOPERS. But behind this ingenious Hollywood technician, who won an Oscar® for THE RETURN OF THE JEDI and JURASSIC PARK, hides an obsessed artist. He spends his days in his studio experimenting with anything he can get his hands on.
But Tippett is also a ‘manual worker’ who, thanks to the skills of his wife and team, withstood the digital revolution. For this documentary, the two directors had exclusive and unrestricted access to the collections and archives of the Tippett Studios in Berkeley. They follow Phil Tippett’s legacy from his collaborations with George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and Paul Verhoeven to his more personal films such as PREHISTORIC BEAST and MAD GOD.