Special Effects Master Phil Tippett, who was tapped by George Lucas to create the Chess Set scene in the first Star Wars movie, has partnered with Efexio (a special effects marketplace/app) and created the “Tippett Creature Show” … which includes a hologram chess scene – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mI2uvOg5wto&feature=youtu.be

Efexio Adds Exclusive “Tippett Creature Shop” to its Special Effects Marketplace

Partnership with Animation-Leader Tippett Studio and Simulation-Destruction Expert Pixelux Entertainment Brings Movie Magic with Hollywood “Oscar” Pedigree to Your Videos and Photos

Customizable, 3-Dimensional T-Rex Dinosaurs, Fire-Breathing Dragons, Scary Monsters, Smart Robots, Creepy Zombies, Waddling Penguins and Enchanting Fairies … Oh, My!

NEW YORK, JULY 15, 2013 – Efexio, Inc. has created an innovative special effects marketplace and app with patent-pending technology that allows consumers to add high-quality computer generated imagery (CGI) like they see in Hollywood movies to their own videos and photos.

Today, it announced an exclusive “Tippett Creature Shop” within the Efexio marketplace featuring downloadable, quality animations created by the legendary Tippett Studio including dinosaurs, penguins, robots, dragons and monsters. A partnership between Tippett FX, LLC and visual technology group Pixelux Entertainment will supply and license the Hollywood-style animations.

“The top grossing movies are special-effects heavy,” said Efexio CEO and Co-Founder Alicia Nevarez. “Special effects can help tell a story and make a video or photo much more entertaining. Users can unleash their creativity using the Efexio app by downloading pre-made, customizable special effects from Academy-Award-winning masters whose film work include Jurassic Park, Star Wars Episode 17: Return of the Jedi, The Twilight Sagas (all four), Ted, The Smurfs, The Matrix Revolutions, Coneheads, and Hollow Man.”

“We’re very excited about the creative possibilities of Efexio and can’t wait to get feedback from users, and to see them share their own films and photographs on our community channel on YouTube,” said Tippett FX CEO Jules Roman. “Whatever the level of your cinematic abilities, you’ll find a way to add fantasy and excitement to your videos.”

The Efexio marketplace is accessed through an app that allows users to upload their own photos or video footage, choose an effect created by Hollywood special effects artists and easily create a fully rendered movie or photo that can be saved and shared on Instagram or shared immediately via Facebook, YouTube or email. The one-of-a-kind Efexio app allows users to rotate and adjust the scale of each effect, change the lighting and camera angle and make other adjustments by using a series of intuitive tools.

Reminisces Tippett Studio Founder and Special Effects Pioneer Phil Tippett whose resume includes the animated chessboard monsters in Star Wars and the lumbering AT-AT snow walkers in The Empire Strikes Back, “When I was a kid, I made movies using Marx playsets, mixing up all the characters to create my own worlds. What’s exciting about this tool is that it gives a new generation of filmmakers and storytellers a digital tool kit to activate their own imaginations.”

“With the high-quality effects produced by Tippett FX, we are entering the visual effects publishing business with a strong set of content that will give Efexio users truly breakthrough abilities for customizing their videos.” added Pixelux Entertainment CEO Mitchell Bunnell.

Available for iPad®, iPhone®, Mac® and Windows® PC, the Efexio app is free to download and includes a free effect. Standard animations are priced between $0.99 and $1.99 and Pro versions, for users who wish to output at full HD resolution, between $4.99 and $9.99. Starting in July, Efexio will release a new free effect every month.

About Efexio
Efexio, Inc. is the owner and operator of the Efexio Store, a marketplace for Hollywood-style CGI special effects that anyone can add to their own videos and photos. Created by Hollywood special effects artists, effects on the store are three-dimensional and customizable. Through the Efexio App, available for iPhone, iPad, Mac and Windows PC, anyone can easily download, customize and add effects to any video or photo and save or share their creations on social media.

About Tippett Studio
Founded in 1984, Tippett Studio is an Academy Award®-winning VFX company specializing in a wide range of CG animation and digital effects for feature films, television and commercials. Projects include Ted, The Twilight Saga, Cloverfield, Hellboy, Starship Troopers, Jurassic Park and After Earth. Tippett Studio is in production on Seth MacFarlane’s A Million Ways To Die In The West .

About Pixelux Entertainment

Pixelux Entertainment provides technology that automates art asset generation for video games and films through advanced simulation. The company offers a unique real-time material physics simulation technology called “Digital Molecular Matter” or DMM. It is the engine behind the simulated destruction of buildings and cities in this summer’s blockbuster movies, including Man of Steel and Iron Man 3.

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