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Stan Winston 
18th-Jun-2008 12:20 pm
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 look real.

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]
18th-Jun-2008 12:07 pm (UTC)
Saw this in the metro this morning.
18th-Jun-2008 12:33 pm (UTC)
Awww, with everything this weekend about Tim Russert, I didn't even know Stan was dead!

His effects were incredible, whether they were fantastic or horrific, they were always believable and awesome. The industry has lost an amazing creator.
18th-Jun-2008 12:40 pm (UTC)
It is indeed a sad loss. Pretty much all of his effects are legendary.

Of special note, is that in a rushed, last-minute job, he managed to create one of the greatest effects in John Carpenter's The Thing for a single shot.

He made a puppet/suit based around a head and an arm that looked nothing like either, but moved with animal fluidity.

The fact that he made an iconic effect in the midst of a rush at the last minute was a testament to his talent.
18th-Jun-2008 12:59 pm (UTC)
Yup, he was a crucial element in some of the most important sci-fi and horror films of the last few decades. A great loss. :(
18th-Jun-2008 01:57 pm (UTC)
....Oh, I didn't know. Oh. Oh, that's really sad.
18th-Jun-2008 02:01 pm (UTC)
Wow, I really didn't know who he was but I've obviously seen his work loads of times. :o(
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