Monday, June 16, 2008

Rest in Peace Stan Winston...

Reports are trickling out the the legendary creature effects creator Stan Winston has passed away. Stan had his hand in creating some of the most memorable creatures, legends and effects of the current modern era of film. Stan's work added to the pantheon of legendary film creatures like the classic Universal Monsters and the legendary creatures of Ray Harryhausen, one of Stan's personal idols. Winston won the Oscar four times for his work on Aliens, Terminator 2, Jurassic Park, and AI and most recently worked on the brilliant visual effects in Iron Man creating the practical Iron Man suits. Winston was easily one of the greatest special effects and make-up visionaries to ever work in Hollywood and has created some of the most memorable special effects in cinematic history. This is truly a great loss and an incredibly sad day for Hollywood.

In addition to the four films that he won Oscars for, Winston worked on The Thing, Predator, Edward Scissorhands, The Monster Squad, Congo, Galaxy Quest, Big Fish, The Wiz, Constantine and lots more. You can see much of his fantastic work over at his studio's official website:

His legend, vision and attention to detail will be greatly missed.

Ain't It Cool News has posted several tributes to Stan from James Cameron, Jon Favreau, Jonathan Liebesman, Frank Darabont and Joe Dante.


1 comment:

Adam J. Ely said...

I makes me happy to see that the Belcourt felt this to be news worthy. There seems to be a detachment in today's news media. To many genuinely great people, discoveries, endeavors, and good things go over looked or buried by stupid trashy gossip.
Stan contributed so much to modern day cinema and on top of that, he was great man. He was a wonderful artist, mentor, supervisor, husband, father, grand father, and friend to those lucky enough to have been one. Gratefully, I had the opportunity to meet him once.

The Belcourt was awesome enough to have screened both Aliens and Jurassic Park when I lived in Nashville. I hope that more of Stan's work will, in the future, have the opportunity to grace the Belcourt's screens.

We've lost a God of icons. My his inspiration lead others to fill the void left behind.