From the mind of original Star Wars VFX artist Phil Tippett comes a trailer for Mad God, a film 30 years in the making. Tippett is the longtime head of Industrial Light & Magic and owner of Tippett Studios who's been responsible for numerous iconic creations. The AT-ATs and Tauntauns in Empire Strikes Back? Check. The bugs of Klendathu in Starship Troopers? ED-209 in RoboCop? Check and check, among countless others. He was recently brought back to work on The Mandalorian seasons 2 and 3.

The film's trailer was shared on the YouTube channel PhilsAttic. Mad God follows an assassin who descends into otherworldy hellscape and encounters many strange and horrific creatures and was made almost entirely via stop-motion animation. Tippett initially came up with the idea during a quiet time in his schedule post-RoboCop 2, but only created a few scenes before having to put all his focus into pioneering the blend of stop-motion and CGI effects in Jurassic Park (which still hold up to this day). All that changed when some of Tippett's key artists and collaborators caught wind of the project 20 years later and encouraged him to continue it. With the help of a Kickstarter campaign and countless volunteer hours, the final product is finally seeing the light of day. The trailer is below in all its goopy steampunk madness:

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The project is a true labor of love and was finished during the pandemic. Some volunteers were professionals who spent their weeks creating effects for Marvel and Lucasfilm and their weekends helping Tippett, others were students from various San Francisco art schools. All volunteered for free in exchange for lessons in the craft from a master animator. Mad God will premiere on Shudder June 16.

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Source: PhilsAttic

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