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The Vision Award Ticinomoda both highlights and pays tribute to someone whose creative work has contributed to renew the cinematographic imaginary. Following the award to special effects maestro Douglas Trumbull in 2013, the 67th edition of the Festival paid tribute to Garrett Brown, creator of the Steadicam® and in 2015 the prize went to Walter Murch, the triple Oscar winning editor and sound designer. In 2016, the Festival has awarded the great Canadian composer and conductor Howard Shore, in 2017 to the Spanish Director of Photography José Luis Alcaine, in 2018 the award was given to the American graphic designer Kyle Cooper, while in 2019 to editor Clair Atherton.
In visual effects, there’s a pre- and a post-Phil Tippett. Ever since Star Wars, the whole of fantasy filmmaking has owed a lot to his creative genius. With the power of his imagination and his immense craftsmanship, he wove the legacy of Ray Harryhausen into the potential of state-of-the-art CGI, forging a visual armory capable of tackling the new challenges of filmic storytelling. As he also demonstrates in Mad God, a film that will have its World Premiere at the Locarno Film Festival, Tippett is not just a creator at the behest of the creative vision of others, but an auteur in his own right, innovative, visionary, capable of rethinking cinema in all its forms.