Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Stan Winston (1946-2008)

A little shocked with the news that Stan Winston passed away this weekend. My teenage years were spent admiring this guy's makeup/creature effects/special effects/design work on the likes of TERMINATOR, PREDATOR, ALIENS, and the fantastic PUMPKINHEAD (which he directed as well).

Wikipedia lists some notable films of his:
Heartbeeps (1981)
The Thing (1982)
Friday the 13th Part III (1983)
The Terminator (1984)
Aliens (1986)
The Monster Squad (1987)
Predator (1987)
Leviathan (1988)
Pumpkinhead (1989)
Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Predator 2 (1990)
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
Batman Returns (1992)
Jurassic Park (1993)
Interview with the Vampire (1994)
Congo (1995)
The Island of Doctor Moreau (1996)
T2 3-D: Battle Across Time (1996)
Ghosts (1997)
The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)
Small Soldiers (1998)
Lake Placid (1999)
End of Days (1999)
Pearl Harbor (2001)
A.I. (2001)
Jurassic Park III (2001)
Darkness Falls (2002)
Big Fish (2003)
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003)
Wrong Turn (2003)
Constantine (2005)
Iron Man (2008)

Such an impressive list of creatures and effects. I remember telling people that I wanted to be this guy. I used his name as if people should know who the heck I was talking about, "Stan Winston! - he designed the Alien Queen in ALIENS!"

Rest in peace, man. Neatest guy around.



Stan Winston Studio


bean said...

62 is way too young.

Ashley & Vic said...

at 4:30 am when i heard, I nearly cried. He made me want to get into creature effects