Twice Academy-awarded Phil Tippett will get the life achievement Asteroide Award at TS+FF 19

Trieste Science+Fiction Festival announces on its 19th edition the life achievement Asteroide Award to director, producer and special effects creator Phil Tippett, winner of two Academy Awards© and famous for his visual contribution to Return of the Jedi and Jurassic Park.

Phil Tippett will be in Trieste to receive the award during the official ceremony at the Politeama Rossetti theatre on Sunday, November 3rd at 17.00. A pioneer of animation, multiple Academy Award winner, Phil Tippett began his extraordinary career with the first Star Wars trilogy. He
specializes in creature design, stop-motion and computerized character animation; among others, he has designed and animated unforgettable sequences of Piranha, The Crater Lake Monster, Robocop and Robocop 2. The advent of CGI saw him as part of the team of Steven Spielberg’s legendary Jurassic Park as dinosaur supervisor.

Phil Tippett, together with Julius Roman, has founded Tippett Studio in 1984, based in Berkeley, California, USA, which has become one of the main special effects factories in the world. Tippett Studio has produced unforgettable characters and scenes for Starship Troopers, Hellboy, the trilogy of The Matrix, Constantine and Cloverfield. One of Phil Tippett’s most recent contributions is in the Twilight saga as a visual effects supervisor.

As a tribute to this great special effects artist, The Trieste Science+Fiction Festival will be screening Phil Tippett: Mad Dreams and Monsters by Gilles Penso and Alexandre Poncet. The documentary by the two French directors, an Italian premiere, reveals the work behind Tippett’s Hollywood curriculum: a tireless artist who spends most of his time experimenting in his lab with anything he can get his hands on. Thanks to the exclusive and unlimited access to the Tippett Studio collection and archives, Mad Dreams and Monsters analyzes Phil Tippett’s legacy, his work with George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and Paul Verhoeven and his more personal movies like Prehistoric Beast and Mad God. Director Alexandre Poncet will be presenting the screening in Trieste.

Also included in the programme, the Paul Verhoeven classic Starship Troopers, based on Robert A. Heinlein’s novel.