I don't often do obituaries, but I'm kind of surprised to see no one on my friends list picked this up.
Four times Oscar winner Stan Winston
died on Sunday aged 62, after a struggle with multiple myeloma
Stan Winston took what people thought they could do in film, dismantled it, reassembled it, and then set it on them, like a hungry raptor. He proved there are no borders to the human imagination, or unshootable movies, only those brave enough to accept something can be done and dedicated enough to explore how to do it. - Mark Pickavance
This man was instrumental to the development of my love of movies, having created the animatronic dinosaurs that reinvented the monster movie genre in Jurassic Park
. This is one of my favourite films for obvious reasons, and I never get tired of watching it. The movie is fifteen years old now, and the dinosaurs still
Winston's work was all about believability and naturalism. It's not about "how cool does that look" or "look what we can do", but making the audience accept and believe what they're seeing is actually real. Before he won an oscar for JP
, his really famous work was on the Terminator
movies, and he won two Oscars - for makeup and special effects - for his work on T2
, and one for Aliens
My favourite Batman
movie is also one of my favourite Tim Burton movies - Winston created an amazing Penguin and really nailed down the best of the "Burton feel". And while we're on Superhero movies: remember what I said about how amazing and believable were the effects on Iron Man
? Well, that would be the final work of this genius, and exactly what I'm talking about with the 'believability'. The seams between actor and effect are seamless.
He was a ‘character creator,' as he liked to be called, and artistry was his only benchmark - Dan Shay
I just hope enough people learn from him, otherwise movies will never be the same again.
[Stan Winston on IMDB