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On the other hand, we have the illuminating featurette on the relationship formed between Tippett’s production studio and the Academy of Art University that led to students working on shots that ended up in the finished film.

The small group began volunteering their weekends to MAD GOD , and before long it had snowballed into a crew of more than 60 artists.As the stealthy invader meanders through the labyrinthine post-apocalyptic wasteland on a mysterious mission, going deeper and deeper into the nightmarish realm, he eventually reaches his destination… the heart of this grotesque tower of torture. First started in 1987, over thirty years in the making and the subject of much talk, rumour and speculation, Phil Tippett’s Mad God was certainly one of the most anticipated screenings at this year’s Fantasia.

A piece directed by Tippett’s daughter Maya interviews many of the key volunteers who helped him to complete the project.

As one might imagine, the discussion leans more on the technical side—yet, it never gets too far in the weeds that someone like myself, who has no expertise in stop-motion, can’t follow along. As with the film itself, visual storytelling is the primary source of information, where not much is verbally explained, and simply being able to see these talented artists at work reveals so much – the care, the attention to detail, the patience. Unlike the earlier supplemental material that balanced light insights with production details, “Worse Than A Demon” gets into the psyche of Phil Tippett. On the one hand, it allows award-winning filmmaker del Toro to champion the film’s importance and his commentary with Tippett is best summarised with the moment when he just listens to Tippett talking and repeatedly and breathlessly exclaims, “wow”. Narratively Mad God is ultimately unsatisfying, but for me this was more about the spectacle and creativity on display than a concise story.

And these things that scamper, or wail, or lurk, they often defy description or logic, plucked from Tippett’s mind and presented on screen with great care and detail – often, in fact, far more than would have been requested. The comparatively short running time (less than ninety minutes) means that Mad God is less ponderous in comparison which results in an onslaught of images including but by no means limited to scurrying sentient reptiles; baby babbling through fascistic PA systems; woollen people literally falling apart at the seams; towers made from piles of abandoned suitcases; bulging eyes of torture victims; card playing shrimps; nuclear explosions; and even a minotaur. For example, early on there is a moment where stick-figure-like humanoids are born then sent to fall into a sort of hellfire. The film repeats this voyeuristic imagery throughout: we watch murders through a window and are positioned within a cackling audience watching a dismemberment through a theatrical gauze.The use of scale illustrates the power dynamics of this world, where the big can easily and carelessly crush the small. Tippett has allegedly cited the paintings of Hieronymus Bosch as an influence on the film’s world and watching it feels like being dropped into one of them. RLJE Films, in association with Shudder, is preparing a Blu-ray release of Phil Tippett's Mad God (2021), starring Alex Cox, Niketa Roman, and Anthony Ruivivar. I don’t think I have to talk about who Phil Tippett is and what he means to the world of filmmaking. Before signing up for reviewing this I was warned that the film is “relentlessly bleak” (to which I responded that I could easily handle that, as I’ve been working in an office for 12 years), and I would say that the description is very accurate.

Maya also interviews her father about the creative “demons” that drive him, both personally and creatively. Whether he ultimately reaches his objective is another matter, as he's captured and subjected to torture. There’s a brief feature focusing on the students with the Academy of Art University and how some of the pupils came aboard Mad God . You should evaluate the security and trustworthiness of any other site connected to this site or accessed through this site yourself, before disclosing any personal information to them.Added to this are several making-of featurettes, including some showing the animation process, and a behind-the-scenes photo gallery. To the extent that there’s a story here, it goes something like this: In a bleak and post-apocalyptic hellscape, a gas-masked Assassin makes a grueling, psychonautical descent into a nightmarish and multilayered underworld of tortured souls, oozing horrors, and festering biomechanical absurdities, riding his battered bathyscaphe ever deeper through a surreal and hallucinogenic symphony of gooey, stop-motion monstrosities. this was made with the help and participation of countless Tippett friends, contemporaries, and contributors. It doesn’t matter that it isn’t a plot-heavy film, in fact it’s proof that plot isn’t always required to make a great movie.

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