‘Star Wars’ VFX Artist Phil Tippett on Premiering His ‘Mad God’ Opus and Leaving ‘Hollywood Filmmaking’ Behind

‘Star Wars’ VFX Artist Phil Tippett on Premiering His ‘Mad God’ Opus and Leaving ‘Hollywood Filmmaking’ Behind
An extinction event has brought an end to Phil Tippett’s dinosaur days.

The legendary “Star Wars” and “Jurassic Park” VFX artist who helped bring George Lucas’ galactic menagerie to life, who gave teeth to Steven Spielberg’s T. Rex, is preparing to unveil his greatest work, while leaving “Hollywood filmmaking” in the Mesozoic-view mirror.

For the last 30 years, Tippett has been toiling away at “Mad God,” an experimental animation set in a “ghost world of mankind.” The film was funded in large part by a Kickstarter campaign, has no describable plot, and almost drove Tippett insane.

A final cut will have its world premiere next week at the Locarno Film Festival, where Tippett will pick up a lifetime achievement award and introduce two standout titles (namely “RoboCop” and “Starship Troopers”) from his iconic collaboration with director Paul Verhoeven.

Variety caught up with Tippett to discuss his relationship with Verhoeven,
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