I am sure many of you have heard by now that over the past weekend, leaving a gigantic hole in the world of movies. Together with Dennis Muren and Phil Tippett, Stan Winston was probably of our time. Almost any blockbuster movie you have seen during the past 30 years that required make-up or prosthetic effects, Stan was the man Hollywood looked to. He was the one who created the unique design of the . Stan was the man who brought to life. Denny DeVito's Penguin-look in was designed by Stan Winston. His is the and most prominently, those scary in the 'Jurassic Park' movies? You guessed it. Stan Winston's babies. The list is truly endless.
I have had the pleasure to meet Stan Winston in person some time ago and get a personal tour through his workshop and he impressed me not only as a movie-making genius, but also as an incredibly charming and welcoming person. . Witty, imaginative and always with a smile, Stan Winston has probably inspired more people to get excited about special effects than anyone else since Ray Harryhausen. Unlike an actor – who you either love or hate – someone like Stan Winston and his creations touched everyone's live in one way or another because the movies he was involved in were so many and so immensely diverse. It is needless to say, I believe, that who knew him as well as every movie fan around the world. Only 62 years of age, Stan Winston sadly passed away way before his time.
It should also be added that he was always gracious and happy to talk with his fans when he'd put in personal appearances at Comic-con, not just talking on panels, but holding court at the Winston Studios exhibits. I don't think I've ever read anything bad about the man, and even though I didn't meet him, I feel like I've lost a good friend because of the pleasure his work gave me.
6/18/2008 1:17:16 PM
I thought that the Alien creature was the tops of all monsters...until the Predator! Those 2 haven't been topped yet.