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Source:  The Hollywood Reporter

Given the sheer amount of money, megabytes, and human resources invested in Hollywood fantasy and sci-fi flicks nowadays — the new “Star Wars” being the latest in a long line of blockbusters dating back to, well, the first “Star Wars” — it’s hard to imagine there was once a time when such films consisted of a bunch of guys building and shooting stuff in their workshops, trying to conjure up movie magic.

In “Phil Tippett: Mad Dreams and Monsters,” the new documentary from French behind-the-scenes specialists Gilles Penso and Alexandre Poncet (“Creature Designers: The Frankenstein Complex”), we get to meet one of these guys up close, learning how Tippett’s artsy obsession with stop-motion animation evolved into an Oscar-winning practice and several billion-dollar tentpoles for five decades and counting.

With credits on a handful of the “Star Wars” movies, the first two “RoboCop” films, “Jurassic Park,” “The Twilight Saga” and “Starship Troopers,” Tippett’s long and prosperous career includes some of the biggest Hollywood franchises of all time.

Read the story at The Hollywood Reporter.


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