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’.
A lot of things have to come into place before “Action!” can be called on set. A lot of the time, it will vary from set to set, and sometimes scene to scene, depending on the needs of production. Here we show you the most common sequence of events used by the crew on RocketJump: The Show’s last short, “The Tip Jar.”
Much of what you saw in Star Wars: The Force Awakens was done in camera… and a lot wasn’t. Meet Roger Guyett (VFX Supervisor) and Patrick Tubach (VFX Supervisor), who headed the digital team on this film at Industriual Light & Magic. They talk to David Poland about bringing this landmark series back to life.
The one piece of equipment you’re guaranteed to run into on set is the C Stand (or Century Stand). It’s a metal stand used for rigging and supporting lighting and grip equipment. Dominic D’Astice (key grip on RocketJump: The Show) shows you the basics for properly setting up and using a c stand safely on set.
Quentin Tarantino’s ‘The Hateful Eight’ takes place in a single day in the Old West, but it was shot over five months on a Colorado mountaintop. Variety’s Jenelle Riley spoke to department head hair stylist Camille Friend and makeup dept. head Heba Thorisdottir about how they kept everyone looking exactly the same, and exactly in period, on Tarantino’s uniquely challenging shoot.