VFX/Animation Studio Tippett opens in Canada


Tippett Studio, a Berkeley, Calif.-based visual effects and animation production company headed by two-time Oscar winner Phil Tippett, is expanding into Canada with its first satellite office in Toronto, call Tippett Canada.

The company’s recent projects include “The Book of Boba Fett,” Season 2 of “The Mandalorian,” Marvel Studio’s “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier,” all three on Disney+, and Season 2 of “Locke and Key” on Netflix.

Tippett’s Toronto operation, which will house a fully functional post-production studio, will be led by Gary Mundell, President of Tippett Canada and current Chief Operating Officer of Tippett Studio. Tippett Canada will serve clients such as Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm, Disney, Showtime, New Line and Legendary, including “The Toxic Avenger”.

Projects in production include “The Orville” Season 3, “Black Adam” and “The Man Who Fell to Earth” on Showtime.

Mundell, born in Canada, was promoted from production manager to chief operating officer of Tippett Studio in January. As head of production and executive producer on a range of projects, he has led teams of over 200 people with budgets of up to $100 million.

“Now is the perfect time for us to establish a permanent presence in Canada, which has become a critical hub for high-end media design and development,” said Sanjay Das, CEO of Tippett Studio. “Our new studio will serve our marquee clients and strengthen Tippett Studio’s position as one of the world’s leading creators of location-based animations, visual effects and experiences.”

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“The talent base in Toronto is high. I look forward to growing this team over the next few months,” Mundell said.

Phil Tippett was behind such iconic characters as Jabba the Hut and the Rancor Monster in “Return of the Jedi,” the Tauntauns and Wampa in “The Empire Strikes Back,” the Raptor and T-Rex puppets in “Jurassic Park,” and the ED-209 from “Robocop”.

He won Oscars for ‘Jurassic Park’ and ‘Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi’, and was nominated for ‘Starship Troopers’, ‘DragonHeart’, ‘Willow’ and ‘Dragonslayer’. He won the Emmys for “Dinosaur!” and “The Ewok Adventure”.

His film ‘Mad God’, which will be released on Shudder in the United States on June 16, had its world premiere at the Locarno Film Festival and has screened at other festivals including the Edinburgh Film Festival, the Fantasia Film Festival and the Sitges Film Festival. The film is an experimental animation project that has been going on for 30 years.


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