Stan Winston: Thanks for the Sweats

Sad day as visual effects legend, Stan Winston moves on. He was only 62 and was amongst Hollywood’s leading makeup, visual-effects, and animatronic artists.

He worked in Hollywood for more than three decades and there is not a person who watches movies who was not been subject to his magic whether they knew of him or not. Best known for working on such well known films as Terminator, Jurassic park, Predator, The Entity, The Thing, Edward Scissorhands, Big Fish, Titanic, Monster Squad, Batman Returns, Congo and many many more.

For me, this was the man that took puppetry to new heights. Puppets that were so ‘real’ that when you saw them on film that you did not question their reality but rather watched in awe and sometimes horror as they moved about. The dinosaurs of Jurassic Park, especially the brachiosaur sneezing and the fallen triceratops were fabulous living creatures to stare at in wonder. The alien queen in Aliens bespoke of an artistry that suspended disbelief with ease. A fourteen foot remote controlled monstrosity that took over a dozen techs to operate. Now that’s a puppet!!!

A sign of mastery is when it looks easy.

I remember the first time I saw The Thing. It gave me nightmares for a week. The smallest noise and I would wake up sweating. Thanks Stan!!!