Starship Troopers

Lot #766 - Entertainment Memorabilia Live Auction - Phil Tippett Collection: Dinosaur Input Device (D.I.D.) Electronic Warrior Bug Stop-Motion Armature

Stock #127281

This lot will be sold on Wednesday August 27th (day 2 of the auction.) Lots 434-870 will be sold on day 2 (lots 1-433 will be sold on day 1). The auction will begin at 10:00AM PDT. Lots are sold sequentially so there is no preset ending time. A live streaming broadcast of the auction will be available on auction days.

A dinosaur input device D.I.D. Warrior Bug stop-motion armature from the production of Paul Verhoeven's sci-fi satire Starship Troopers. The Dinosaur Input Device, or D.I.D., takes its name from Jurassic Park, the film the technology was developed for. It enabled traditional stop-motion animators to produce computer animation without learning animation software programs.

Digital sensors allow the armature to function as an animation capture device while the physical piece is manipulated by hand. This lot comes from the collection of Tippett, who used the device to map the movement of CG Bugs, including the giant Warriors, and was later nominated for an Academy Award for his work.

This Warrior Bug D.I.D. features a metal and cast resin armature hand-painted chrometone, wired throughout with numbered motion sensors, and mounted with a steel pole to a wood display base painted gray. It exhibits minor signs of use, such as miscellaneous paint stains throughout, but remains in excellent overall condition. Includes a letter of authenticity from Phil Tippett.

Dimensions: 14" x 14" x 17" (35.75 cm x 35.75 cm x 43.25 cm)

Contains electronics; see electronics notice in the Buyer's Guide

Estimate: $6,000 - 8,000

Certificate of Authenticity This item comes with a Prop Store Certificate of Authenticity.

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