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Starship Troopers Co-Producer Explains Why He Was “Terrified” of Working on the Beloved Sci-Fi Movie

Having been in the film industry for five decades, Phil Tippett’s work in creature design, stop-motion, and character animation is seen in films like the original. Star Wars trilogy, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Yes Jurassic Park. However, 1997 Starship Troopers holds a particularly special place in Tippett’s heart, although in my recent chat with the co-producer he admitted he was “terrified” of working on the sci-fi film now considered a beloved cult. .

Phil Tippett is among the respondents for light and magic, which explores the origins of Industrial Light & Magic and the impact of the visual effects studio on the film industry. I got to speak with Tippett and fellow VFX heavyweight Dennis Muren on press day for docuseries that Disney + subscribers can watch now, and one of the questions I asked them was if there were any movie moments or sequences that they would have filled them with pride. whenever you see one of the movies they worked on. Tippet replied

For me, it was Starship Troopers, because we had just done Jurassic Park before, and ILM and Dennis [Muren] it does all the really heavy lifting on this one. We did the animation for two scenes, then Paul [Verhoeven] insisted that I was the visual effects supervisor for Troopers. And I was terrified. There was no reason in the world that he could be sure that it could be accomplished with hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of errors. And it was only when I had a dream that it pointed me in the right direction. And it was something I already knew, but my fear erased what I knew. And it was one foot in front of the other. Do not think about anything. Don’t think about the step you took before, the step you are about to take, be there in that moment, take it. Not thousands of problems, but pick the big six and focus on them.

As noted above, Phil Tippett certainly didn’t lack the experience of bringing the creatures of the film to life when he faced Starship Troopers. Especially since, as she pointed out, she had just left Jurassic Park, the “perfect film” to revolutionize visual effects, as Dennis Muren described it. However, there was something about the Paul Verhoeven-directed film that made the visual effects supervisor job a daunting task for Tippett. Fortunately, the combination of his dream and the realization that he didn’t have to think too much about things led him to realize that he could handle the challenges that faced him. Starship TroopersFollowed by Verhoeven until 1995 dancers.

In addition to his work as a visual effects supervisor Starship TroopersPaul Verhoeven said Phil Tippett helped direct the film’s huge battle scenes between humans and arachnids. This resulted in Tippett, along with Scott E. Anderson, Alec Gillis, and John Richardson, being nominated for an Oscar for Best Visual Effects at the 70th Academy Awards, although Titanic won gold in this category. With regard to Starship Troopers Overall, despite receiving mostly negative reviews upon release, the film starring Casper Van Dien, Dina Meyer, Denise Richards, Jake Busy and Neil Patrick Harris (among others) received a more positive critical reception in the last years. Like the other films of the 90s.

Phil Tippett is back to direct the direct-to-video sequel Starship Troopers 2: Federation Heroeswhich was released in 2004 and followed since 2008 Starship Troopers 3: Marauder. While there were plans at some point to do a Starship Troopers reboot, there hasn’t been an update on this project for over half a decade. You can learn more about Tippett’s career by watching light and magic in Disney + (opens in a new tab)as well as keeping track of movies on the horizon with our 2022 release schedule and 2023 release schedule.

Source: Cinemablend

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