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Phil Tippett on DVD (you've never seen him like this before)
Filmmaker and journalist Alexandre Poncet details how you can get involved with the release of The Collector's Edition of Phil Tippett: Dreams and Monsters - an incredible doco I've been able to see about the VFX supervisor.

A little more than ten years ago, Gilles Penso and I teamed up on a documentary about the life, career and inspiration of Ray Harryhausen. In the 2010's, we were invited to screen Special Effects Titan at almost every studio or workshop in California, and met a lot of artists that became the subject of our second movie, Creature Designers: The Frankenstein Complex. Without really knowing it, we launched a saga of documentaries paying tribute to the greatest monster creators in the history of cinema.

We felt that the third part of that trilogy needed to focus on the art of Phil Tippett, who was already one of the main characters in The Frankenstein Complex and is considered by many as the real heir to Ray Harryhausen.

Working on this project has been a wild adventure that kept us busy for almost four years. The film is now ready to be shown - it has already screened in many festivals all over the world. The first official release will be a Region B DVD / Blu-ray by Carlotta. The distributor has just launched a very creative pre-sale crowdfunding campaign, offering many goodies that even us, as fans, are quite excited with.

We really hope that our movie about Phil will emotionally resonate with you. We have created this out of love for movie monsters - and out of love for the artists that create magic behind the scenes.
- Thanks, Alexandre Poncet, co-director
The enduring appeal of that mirror scene in Contact
It's still so captivating. Sheena Duggal, an upcoming recipient of the VES Award for Creative Excellence, breaks it down in plain detail. 
The invisible effects of 'Yesterday'
Marvel at Union VFX's work for Yesterday. You can also read about the stadium crowd work here at befores & afters.
A reminder about Retro VFX
This is a special section of befores & afters diving into old-school effects films - and there's a lot of 'new' pieces to come.
Do you have story suggestions? Send them to beforesandafters@gmail.com. Thanks, Ian
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