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Film, Reel World

The Day the Earth Stood Still

Six million smackers may seem like plenty of dough to make a movie, especially one headed straight to DVD (following a pay-per-view broadcast). But not if it's a sci-fi flick crammed with special effects, like Phil Tippett's Starship Troopers 2:…
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Film, Reel World

Reel World

What Dreams May Come While a tidal wave of applause is building for Pacific Data Images (PDI), DreamWorks' Palo Alto-based subsidiary, and its animated feature Shrek, the venerable Tippett Studio goes about its business out of the spotlight. The 15-year-old…
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Building the Perfect Beast

1. "I'm Extinct" Movie special-effects maestro Phil Tippett has won billowing praise for the jaw-dropping digital transformations that turned models of alien bugs into the fearsome insect armies of Starship Troopers. But the 46-year-old founder of Berkeley's Tippett Studio is…
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