LET’S GO, GO-MOTION
Phil Tippett’s innovations in stop motion extended to his own go-motion technique
Tippett’s ‘go-motion’, which he pioneered at ILM on Dragonslayer (1981), was designed to add more realistic motion by attaching the usual animation rig onto a motion control mover. “It allowed,” says Tippett, “for the puppet to actually move while the shutter of the camera was open, facilitating motion blur.” In the end, a number of different dragons were made at different scales for the film, meaning stop motion, traditional puppetry and large scale animatronics produced the final effects.
Phil Tippett (right) animates the Vermithrax go-motion puppet from Dragonslayer as visual effects supervisor Dennis Muren looks on