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MAD GOD is Animation Legend Phil Tippett's apocalyptic stop-motion descent into the bowels of the unconscious. Read more

Berkeley, CA Animation
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This project was successfully funded on June 16, 2012.

MAD GOD is Animation Legend Phil Tippett's apocalyptic stop-motion descent into the bowels of the unconscious.

Berkeley, CA Animation
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Mad God is an experimental, hand-made, animated film, set in a Miltonesque world of monsters, mad scientists, and war pigs.

Directed by legendary visual effects and stop-motion craftsman Phil Tippett, the sets, creatures, effects and spirit are, in every way, independent and created from the heart.  Sometimes that heart is bursting with love for the craft, while other times it's punctured and bleeding all over the place... 24 frames per second.

MAD GOD is a mature film made with technology that spans the history of cinema.


Phil Tippett was raised on the fantasy films of Ray Harryhausen and Willis O'Brien; films that fueled his and other youngsters' imaginations with creatures brought to life using stop-frame animation.  As a young man, he was further influenced by European experimental filmmakers Karel Zeman, Jan Svankmajer and Vladislav Starevich, who used similar techniques in surreal and experimental ways. 

With his work on the "Star Wars" movies, Tippett carved his own niche as a modern master of stop motion.  In 1984 he created his own studio where he continued to explore and innovate using stop motion. 

MAD GOD began with several minutes of stop motion animation in 1990, before the explosion of Computer Generated Imagery (CGI) for movies.  But as his studio blossomed into a powerhouse of computer-assisted visual effects and animation, the MAD GOD project fell on the back burner. 


After sitting on the shelf for 20 years, artists at Tippett Studio implored Phil to revive MAD GOD. 

Incorporating footage shot before the surge of CGI with new puppets, scenes, environments, and in-camera effects, Phil is directing while mentoring an entire new generation in traditional stop motion animation and creature fabrication.

The crew is entirely made up entirely of volunteers, including artists from Tippett Studio, students from local art schools, and industry veterans who remember the "good ol' days" when effects were made by people on sets photographing puppets one frame at a time.


Even independent films cost money, and MAD GOD is no exception. 

The money raised through Kickstarter will be used to finance an abundance of the hard costs associated with making the first chapter of this film, including materials for making molds, armatures, rear and front-screen projections, lab services, hard drive storage, and studio rental space among other costs...  

In short, your money will finance the supplies needed to bring the film to life.  Your contributions will ensure that the first chapter gets completed, and you will have a front row seat to the making of this spectacle.

We've been emboldened by a number of incredible Kickstarter success stories to believe that independent animation fans and consumers can make a project as unlikely and non-commercial as MAD GOD a reality.  Your financing will facilitate this project to take creative risks and deliver a vision like few have ever attempted. 


Over an 18 month period, a small team, under Phil Tippett's direction, will complete an approximately 12-minute chapter of the stop-motion/live-action/mixed-media creation called MAD GOD, using hands, tools, molds, clay, toys, garbage, blood, and whatever else we can get our hands on.  

Once this chapter is finished, backers will receive the completed version in the available format of their choice (determined by which rewards level is chosen). 


A flat backer contribution of $10 gets you into the "MAD GOD CLUB," with access to view the process on a password-protected section of the website as it unfolds and a copy of the first chapter of the film when it is finished as a digital download. 

For anyone who wants to contribute above and beyond that, we have a list of fun, premium, rewards ranging from postcards with art of the film to DVDs, signed by creator Phil Tippett, to custom-created sculptures. 

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    If you live in a country where you, for whatever reason, cannot donate directly to Kickstarter the current best option is to buy a prepaid amazon cash card and use that for your donation. You must apparently add $1 more than the prize amount to make sure the donation goes through. (thanks to Double Fine), offers the most comprehensive guide on how to do this.

    We will ship internationally. Please see the details on each level for additional payment for international shipping.

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  • Officially, Mad God will be "completed" when Phil Tippett is dead. But this (first-ever released) chapter will be completed in mid to late 2013.

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  • At the moment, it lives firmly in the "uncategorizeable" column. Other than to say that it's avant garde, experimental, funny, and scary, we will reveal little else at this time. The kickstarter campaign funds the first chapter of the film with a running time of (approximately) 12 minutes.

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  • Any extra money earned will be put on the screen, either in visuals, soundtracks, or, if we hit it big, in casting Tom Cruise to get his spine ripped out.

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  • Backers who pledge at least $10 will be sent links/passwords for download when they are available.

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  • Some items, like the DVD-sets will not be ready until a few weeks after the movie is completed and released as a digital download. We will keep everyone looped into the development of these items. The other items, like the models and prints will be shipped a few months after the Kickstarter funding is completed.

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  • The DVDs will have no region encoding (or set to Region Code ALL for worldwide playback)

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  • Yes! We will send out a survey to backers that pledged over $75 (towards the end of the project) to gather names for the credits and to backers that pledged over $25 for shipping addresses.

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  • All backers at the $75 level and higher will get "special thanks" in the credits whether it is listed or not in rewards description. ALCHEMIST and VIP LEVELS receive credit as Associate Producer

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  • With the exception of the Cast of Phil's hands, the figurines will be castings of models used in production on Mad God and will be very limited editions (to the number order through this Kickstarter). The "sh*t man" resemble the character from the teaser trailer ( at :30. The "alchemist level" model is being designed now and will be uploaded soon.

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    Pledge $10 or more

    1,377 backers

    A digital download of the finished film to enjoy on your computer or mobile device.

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    Pledge $25 or more

    264 backers

    1 set of 10 MAD GOD postcards, featuring artwork and still images from the film. Also, a PDF version of the 50+ page full color "Art of MAD GOD" book. Also includes MAD GOD CLUB rewards.

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    Pledge $55 or more

    308 backers

    MAD GOD Blu-Ray + DVD + Digital Copy Combo Pack, including video interviews with director Phil Tippett and making-of documentary featurette. Also includes VISIONARY LEVEL rewards

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    Pledge $75 or more

    289 backers

    Autographed Special Edition Blu-Ray + DVD + Digital Copy Combo Pack, signed by director Phil Tippett, SPECIAL THANKS in film credits, VISIONARY LEVEL rewards and Thank You Card. (Free shipping in the US. $10-extra for international shipping)

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    Pledge $100 or more

    39 backers

    Signed, numbered print of a Phil Tippett original MAD GOD sketch/design, suitable for gallery framing. Plus VISIONARY LEVEL rewards and Thank You Card.

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    Pledge $115 or more

    146 backers

    Combines MONSTER and DESIGNER and VISIONARY LEVELS. 1 DVD Combo Pack + 1 Signed Phil Tippett print included as described above.

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    Pledge $300 or more

    28 backers

    Individually painted resin-cast replica of a "Sh*t Man" model used in production of MAD GOD. Approximate height: 4 ½ inches. Plus SIGNATURE LEVEL rewards. (Free shipping)

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    Pledge $1,800 or more

    4 backers All gone!

    This level include an actual life-casting of Phil Tippett's HAND holding a MAD GOD ARTIFACT. Mounted for permanent display with baseplate SIGNED by Phil Tippett. Includes SIGNATURE LEVEL rewards & Thank You Card. (Free shipping)

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    Pledge $3,600 or more

    3 backers Limited (7 left of 10)

    Own an extremely limited-run MAD GOD creature figurine, approximately 8 inches tall. Mounted for permanent display, each model will be cast from the original molds and hand-painted by creature designer Mark Dubeau. Plus ASSOCIATE PRODUCER title on the credits of the movie. Includes SIGNATURE LEVEL rewards and Effusive Thank You Letter. (Free shipping)

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    Pledge $10,000

    1 backer Limited (9 left of 10)

    2 tickets to the World Premiere Screening of MAD GOD in Berkeley, CA where you will tour Tippett Studio, and enjoy the premiere of the film in the VIP Section with director Phil Tippett. Round trip transportation for 2 to SF included (Continental US only)! Also ASSOCIATE PRODUCER title on the credits of the movie, SIGNATURE LEVEL rewards, and supporter's choice of 1 sculpture or print from rewards listed above. (Free shipping)

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Funding period

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