My Life in Monsters

Phil Tippett is the main man behind the design and animation of some of hollywoods greatest fantasy creatures and his Oscar-winning stop-motion abilities have inspired just about everyone. Tippett started out his career by creating the alien masks used in the iconic Cantina sequence from ‘Star Wars: A New Hope’, from this humble beginning he was able to spark a relationship with George Lucas, which lead to further work on the franchise.

This opportunity allowed him to hone in on his skills and as a result Tippett developed various pioneering stop-motion techniques which were incorporated throughout the likes of ‘Empire Strikes Back’ and ‘Return of the Jedi’. As time went on Tippett’s resume continued to grow, he took what he had learned from animating on Star Wars and seamlessly merged practical animation and CGI for Jurassic Park and beyond.

In this VICE special we given a spectacular glimpse into the legendary life of Phil Tippett and process which went into developing his creations

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  1. A nice introduction to stop motion animation told through the eyes of one of its most influential masters. Well worth watching, it’s a pleasant departure from Vice as I’ve known it to date.