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Ian R. Calip (born 20 August 1970; age 47) is an assistant director who worked as Second Assistant Director on J.J. Abrams' 2013 sequel Star Trek Into Darkness. Calip previously worked as second assistant director for Abrams on the 2011 science fiction thriller Super 8, along with first assistant director Tommy Gormley and second second assistant director Clark Credle.
Starting in 1994 with the crime drama Natural Born Killers, Calip worked as set staff assistant and production assistant on feature films such as the crime thriller U Turn (1997), the sport drama Any Given Sunday (1999), the science fiction remake Planet of the Apes (2001), the action film Cradle 2 the Grave (2003), the sport drama Seabiscuit (2003), the comedy Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003), the comedy Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004), the sequel The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004, with Chris Pine), the science fiction remake War of the Worlds (2005), and the romance Elizabethtown (2005, with Kirsten Dunst).
In addition to his duties behind the camera, Calip appeared as a football player in Oliver Stone's 1995 drama Nixon, with fellow Trek alumni Paul Sorvino, Robert Beltran, Saul Rubinek, Victor Rivers, Annette Helde, Richard Fancy, Michelle Krusiec, Charles Haugk, Tony Plana, Bill Bolender, and Marilyn Rockafellow. On Tim Burton's 2003 fantasy drama Big Fish, Calip was hired as set staff assistant and stunt double.
Since 2005, Calip has been working as assistant director with credits as second second assistant director on the music drama Rent (2005), the drama 10 Items Or Less (2006), Sean Penn's drama Into the Wild (2007), the action sequel Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008), the biopic Milk (2008), the fantasy film Race to Witch Mountain (2009, starring Dwayne Johnson), the war comedy The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009), the drama Greenberg (2010), George Clooney's drama The Ides of March (2011), and the Enlightened television pilot (2011).
As second assistant director, Calip worked on the comedy You Again (2010), the animated comedy Rango (2011), the romance Restless (2011), Ben Affleck's drama Argo (2012), and the drama August: Osage County (2013, with Benedict Cumberbatch). His work on Argo earned him a Director's Guild of America Award in the category Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures in 2013, which he shared with Clark Credle.