Behind the Scenes: The Art and Craft of Cinema <br/ > Phil Tippett, Special Effects Master

11/17/11 to 11/18/11

Phil Tippett, founder of Berkeley's renowned Tippett Studio, is a contemporary master of effects animation who has worked on The Empire Strikes Back, Jurassic Park (for which he won an Academy Award), and Starship Troopers, among many other movies. He joins us to offer a behind-the-scenes glimpse of his craft and to introduce two films that embody the past and present of special-effects wizardry.

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Past Films

  • The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad

    • Friday, November 18 7 pm

    Nathan Juran (U.S., 1958). Introduced by Phil Tippett. For this fantastical tale from a 1,001 Nights, Ray Harryhausen perfected the integration of three-dimensional animated figures and live actors, and inspired generations of filmmakers and special-effects artists to come. (88 mins)

  • Phil Tippett: Illustrated Talk, followed by Starship Troopers

    • Thursday, November 17 7:00 pm

    (Paul Verhoeven, U.S., 1997). Join special-effects legend Phil Tippett (Jurassic Park; Robocop; Empire Strikes Back) in a wide-ranging discussion on the movies, special effects, and his influences, followed by Verhoeven's intergalactic bug-attack epic Starship Troopers. (129 mins, plus lecture)