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September 15, 2008

Bedtime Stories

The Story - Today I get in bed with the next Adam Sandler movie Bedtime Stories. I'll only be on the show for 3 short weeks, but pimping bug eyes onto the pet guinea pig will be priceless.

The Logline - A harried architect's life is turned upside down when the lavish bedtime stories he tells his niece and nephew begin to come true.

The Plot - The life of Skeeter Bronson, a hotel handyman, is changed forever when the bedtime stories he tells his niece and nephew start to mysteriously come true. He attempts to take advantage of the phenomenon, incorporating his own aspirations into one outlandish tale after another, but it's the kids' unexpected contributions that turn Skeeter's life upside down.

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Posted by dschnee at 7:07 AM

September 9, 2008

Phil Tippett to Receive the VES George Melies Award

Director and Visual Effects Supervisor Phil Tippett to Receive the
VES George Melies Award for Artistic Excellence

Founder of Tippett Studio and two-time Academy Award® and Emmy winner, Phil Tippett, has been selected by the VES Board of Directors as the recipient of the "George Melies Award for Artistic Excellence." The award will be presented at the 7th Annual VES Awards, which will be held at the Century Plaza Hotel in Beverly Hills on Saturday, February 21, 2009.

The Melies Award is designed to honor individuals who have "pioneered a significant and lasting contribution to the art and/or science of the visual effects industry by a way of artistry, invention and groundbreaking work." Phil Tippett is the embodiment of this award, holding an iconic place as the stop-motion animator of the Imperial Walkers in The Empire Strikes Back and former head of the ILM creature shop. Tippett was also at the forefront of digital animation, having supervised the dinosaur animation in Steven Spielberg’s groundbreaking blockbuster Jurassic Park.

"Phil Tippett has functioned as one of the major engines pushing the visual effects industry further than it was ever thought possible," said VES Executive Director Eric Roth. "Phil has become one of the giants of our industry by pioneering new ways to make the fantastical a practical reality. Much of what we see on our screens today would not have been possible in decades past and Phil has certainly led the way during that time," added Roth.

"It is always nice to receive recognition for doing something that you love. I have been doing exactly what I have always wanted to do - making movies and bringing impossible creations to life," said Phil Tippett. "I am honored to accept this award and am humbled that my work has been so recognized by my peers."

Tippett, who is the founder of Tippett Studio, has contributed significant visual effects to more than 60 feature films and commercials of multiple genres. After starting Tippett Studio from his garage in 1984, Tippett grew his company into a crew of artists, animators, engineers and production staff occupying five buildings in Berkeley, California. Over the years Tippett has won an Academy Award® for his work in Jurassic Park and a Special Achievement Award for Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi.

Previous recipients of the George Melies Award were Robert Abel and John Lasseter.

Tippett Studio is currently in production on Sam Raimi's Drag Me to Hell and X-Men Origins: Wolverine for 20th Century Fox and have recently wrapped production on stereoscopic commercials for Electronic Arts' game Spore and Texas Instruments' DLP Projection, as well as the marketing campaign and feature film work for Disney's Beverly Hills Chihuahua

Posted by dschnee at 5:48 PM