New School Meets Old School – Phil Tippett’s “MAD GOD”

Phil Tippett, master of stop-frame animation and famous for his work on the original Star Wars trilogy, is seeking funding on Kickstarter for a new stop-motion film called MAD GOD.  The film is described as “an experimental, hand-made, animated film, set in a Miltonesque world of monsters, mad scientists, and war pigs”.

The Kickstarter campaign has raised $108,704 with five days left and has already surpassed its original goal of $40,000.

MAD GOD looks like an incredibly original concept and story.  In the Kickstarter video (posted below) Phil explains the lengthy journey the project has taken since he first started it more than 20 years ago.  He decided to shelve the project once he realized the start of the “digital era” of cinematography was beginning, in the hopes that he would one day be able to shoot the project on digital cameras at a much more affordable cost over traditional 35mm film.

This brings about an interesting mix of old film technology meets new.  Phil is trying to create a project that – behind-the-camera – is photographed using modern day digital cinema and stills cameras, but relies on the old school art and sculpting methods for everything created in-front-of-the-camera.

Check out the video below for more information on the project and click here if you wish to donate to the cause.  The film is estimated for release by Dec 2013.

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