From Phil Tippett himself…
Tippett Studio would like to clarify what we feel was a misleading headline and article in HollywoodReporter.com today.
Given the current climate and environment affecting movies and visual effects production today, Tippett Studio has made a business decision, as we routinely do, to reduce our contract-based work force as the projects ebb and flow through our doors.
Staffing up is easy. Scaling down is not. It’s always an emotionally challenging thing, because we are a company of artists, run by artists. By doing a slow scale-down as tasks and projects complete, we aim to keep our employees on as long as we can, and to bring them back as soon as possible.
We are not immune to the problems our colleagues are experiencing, but we are not in a period of crisis as a company with massive layoffs and bankruptcy. As a small, independent company, we are delighted when we have a series, such as the Twilight Saga,and then Ted that allowed us to maintain a sizable workforce year after year.
As we wrap our current work on After Earth, we have been slowly scaling down the work force and reducing our overhead, until we have something large enough to justify carrying a large staff, so that we can be here when our clients call. We are retaining our core talent, and will use that talent to re-staff the studio when larger projects, that need more artists, are in production.
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