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TIPPETT STUDIO CREATES THE MONSTER THAT DESTROYED MANHATTAN

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February 1, 2008, Berkeley, CA - The monster that destroys New York City in "Cloverfield," Paramount's boxoffice record-breaking movie in current release, was created by famed visual effects and animation company Tippett Studio. Paramount Pictures A Bad Robot Production “Cloverfield� starring Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas, T. J. Miller, Michael Stahl-David, Mike Vogel and Odette Yustman. The director is Matt Reeves. The film was written by Drew Goddard. The producers are J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk. The executive producers are Guy Riedel and Sherryl Clark. This film has been rated PG-13 for violence, terror and disturbing images. Tippett Studio's team, helmed by visual effects supervisor Eric Leven and the creative leads Tom Gibbons, Chris Morely and Steve Reding, completed key dramatic and complex visual effects shots involving the monster and the deadly parasites, integrating them expertly within photographic and digital environments. Jules Roman, CEO of Tippett Studio, says "The monster, which so far has been kept tightly under wraps by the filmmakers, is garnering praise from film critics and fans alike for its fearsome contribution of murder and mayhem to the movie. We're very proud of this latest star in Tippett's historic cast of creature characters." "We loved working on Cloverfield; it was a fantastic opportunity to breathe life into a monstrous 25-story character shown from a unique perspective," adds Eric Leven. "An incredibly tight budget and deadline made the show challenging, but great collaboration with the director, producers, and J.J. made it a lot of fun, too. What boy doesn't grow up wanting to make giant monster movies; smashing buildings, stomping on tanks, and blowing things up?" Tippett's crew was responsible for scenes including the carpet bombing of 10 blocks of Manhattan, an entire sequence - composited together to look like a single shot – dedicated to the deadly parasites, digital rats and a full CG shot of the creature in all its glory lasting over 60 seconds. In order to feel like it was part of one continuous take, multiple shots were stitched together to give the movie the aesthetic feeling of found footage shot by an amateur. Phil Tippett, visual effects pioneer and founder of Tippett Studio states “It’s about time. The planet earth can always use a good monster.� About Tippett Studio Tippett Studio, founded in 1984 by animation pioneer Phil Tippett, is an Academy Award®-winning visual effects company specializing in a wide range of CG animation and digital effects for feature films and television commercials. The company has created visual effects for over 50 films including The Golden Compass, Enchanted, Charlotte’s Web, Constantine, Hellboy, The Matrix Revolutions, Hollow Man, Starship Troopers, Blade 2, Robocop and Jurassic Park. Tippett Studio’s recent work can be seen in the upcoming release of The Spiderwick Chronicles for Paramount. They are currently in production on South of the Border for Disney. ### If you'd like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview, please call Lori Petrini at 510.649.9711 or e-mail

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