Stan Winston: RIP 1946 – 2008

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If you’ve ever watched movies, chances are you’ve probably seen the handiwork of special effects and make-up guru Stan Winston. Besides pioneering make-up special effects, Winston was the creator of some of cinema’s most timeless creatures, counting among them the Predator, the Terminator, and the dinosaurs of “Jurassic Park”. The man was so prolific, and so good and his job, that the mere mention of the name “Stan Winston” attached to any movie practically guaranteed brilliant creature effects in that movie.

The LA Times has more on the passing of a legend:

Stan Winston, an Oscar-winning visual effects artist, has died at age 62.

Winston died at home Sunday evening after a seven-year struggle with multiple myeloma, according to a rep from Stan Winston Studio.

“Stan died peacefully at home surrounded by family,” a spokeswoman said.

Winston won three visual effects Oscars and earned multiple nominations. His first Oscar was for James Cameron’s “Aliens” (1986). Winston later won for “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” (1992) and 1993′s “Jurassic Park.”

In lieu of flowers, Winston’s family is requesting that donations be made to his charities of choice, a list of which will be posted here shortly.

RIP.

Stan Winston

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  • dustin

    Animating CGI and the crafting of Stan Winston’s wonderful 3D creatures and make up effects are two entirely different worlds. To me it’s the difference between what I loved about F/X and what bores me in today’s market. Stan Winston creations equally could stand as exhibits in a museum. He brought creatures closer to life more fully realized than CGI effect ever could.

    As “practical” effects dwindle I feel like I’m losing the spark that made me love movies in the first place. Now with Stan Winston gone that sadness is only more compounded. Rest in Peace.

  • dustin

    Animating CGI and the crafting of Stan Winston’s wonderful 3D creatures and make up effects are two entirely different worlds. To me it’s the difference between what I loved about F/X and what bores me in today’s market. Stan Winston creations equally could stand as exhibits in a museum. He brought creatures closer to life more fully realized than CGI effect ever could.

    As “practical” effects dwindle I feel like I’m losing the spark that made me love movies in the first place. Now with Stan Winston gone that sadness is only more compounded. Rest in Peace.

  • dustin

    Animating CGI and the crafting of Stan Winston’s wonderful 3D creatures and make up effects are two entirely different worlds. To me it’s the difference between what I loved about F/X and what bores me in today’s market. Stan Winston creations equally could stand as exhibits in a museum. He brought creatures closer to life more fully realized than CGI effect ever could.

    As “practical” effects dwindle I feel like I’m losing the spark that made me love movies in the first place. Now with Stan Winston gone that sadness is only more compounded. Rest in Peace.