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AICN Gives Tribute To STAN WINSTON - A Giant In The World Of Filmmaking Is Gone!

Newly updated with Ryan Banfield from Stan Winston Studios and screenwriter and producer John Fasano with words on the man and his funeral.

Now updated with a report from Stan's Funeral today where eulogies were given by Spielberg, Schwarzenegger, Cameron and maybe even you.

Updated with thoughts from Stan Winston Productions' Brian Gilbert and a man named Evan Schiff who worked as an intern at Stan Winston Studios as a teenager! Updated with one of Stan Winston Studios' ex-"foam runners" Lance Gilmer. Updated with one of Stan's "Lifers" - Richard Landon... Updated with J Alan Scott, one of the 4 Effects Supervisors at Stan Winston Studios. Updated with a 20 year old personal photo sent in by a friend featuring Stan and a friend's newborn daughter, Molly, as well as comments from Harry Potter Creature Department's Nick Dudman, an ex-Stan Winston Studios Art Director named Aaron Sims, Randy from Action Figure Times, ex-employee Rebecca Himot and Tara Crocitto, one of Stan Winston Studios' VPs.

Now updated with thoughts from KNB's Greg Nicotero and Robert Kurtzman, Sideshow Collectibles' Scott Klauder and frequent collaborators Shannon Shea and Jim Charmatz.

Newly updated with comments from Sandy Collora and Weta's Richard Taylor.

Updated again with sentiments from producer John Watson, Alec Gillis, and Tom Woodruff.

Once more, updated with words from Fred Dekker, Stan Winston Studios' John Rosengrant (who had to work on T4 yesterday) and Josh Cragun, Stan's nephew.

Newly updated again with words from Rick Baker!

Newly updated below with words from Joe Dante!

Updated below with comments from Jon Favreau, Jonathan Liebesman and Frank Darabont!

Hey folks, Harry here... Incredibly I have never met Stan Winston. I have never spoken to Stan Winston. I've met just about everybody else in the Physical Effects world - but I have never had the honor to share time with Stan. At 4am last night I received a text message on my phone: "Stan Winston Is Dead" - and it came from Director/Writer Michael Dougherty. I didn't see it, I was asleep. However, by the time I woke up - not only was Quint's story up, but I had 12 other emails from folks I know in the industry stating that Stan Winston was gone. I called Quint to talk with him about it. Eric was upset that the mainstream press was obsessing over another rehab adventure - and felt that the mainstream press would never get this story right. He's been assembling comments from many of Stan's associates - but he asked me to reach out to Jim Cameron... Without a doubt, Stan's most iconic collaboration. Jim just wrote me back - here's what he had to say:

Harry, Thanks for doing what you're doing. You're right, the mainstream media won't get it. They don't understand the important stuff. They're too busy chasing young idiot celebrities around the rehab circuit. Stan was a great man. I'm proud to have been his friend, and his collaborator on what for both of us, was some of our best work. We met in pre-production on Terminator in 1983, and quickly sized each other up as the kind of crazy son of a bitch that you wanted for a friend. We've stayed friends for over a quarter of a century, and would have been for much longer if he had not been cut down. We've lost a great artist, a man who made a contribution to the cinema of the fantastic that will resound for a long long time. I don't need to list the indelible characters he and his team of artists brought to the screen. Readers of your site know them. We all know Stan's work, the genius of his designs. But not even the fans necessarily know how great he was as a man. I mean a real man --- a man who knows that even though your artistic passion can rule your life, you still make time for your family and your friends. He was a good father, and he raised two great kids. His wife of 37 years, Karen, was with him in the beginning, helping him make plaster molds in their garage for low budget gigs on TV movies, and she was with him at the end. He was a man of incredible humor. When I think of him I see him smiling, usually a goofy grin as he twists his glasses askew on his nose doing a Jerry Lewis impression. Never afraid to play the clown, because he knew his colleagues respected him. He lived life full throttle, in work and play. Like me he loved fast cars, and whenever one of us would get a new toy, the other had to drive it (a practice which was strained for few years after I skidded his brand new Porsche turbo, just off the boat from Stuttgart, into his garage and stopped a half inch from the back wall). We even went to formula racing school together. For the last ten years or so we rode motorcycles on Sundays with Arnold Schwarzenegger and some other friends, not every week but as many Sundays as we could. There was a comradeship that comes from starting out together, and never betraying the respect and trust of that friendship over the years, but always being there for each other, that the three of us have shared. Stan and I founded Digital Domain together, and our friendship was never strained by being business partners. He always demonstrated incredible wisdom in business, because he knew people, and especially creative people. He inspired artists to pull together and work as a team, which is like herding cats, but it was perhaps his greatest talent. To lead by inspiration. His own team at Stan Winston Studios is the most stable in the business. His core guys have been with him literally since Terminator, 25 years. That's because they respected him so much, and because he made the work fun, even though it was hard. They would stay up all night busting their ass for him. They knew they would always be doing something cutting edge and challenging, and that he respected them enough to let them run with it. Though he could draw and sculpt as well as any of them, he never let his own talent eclipse theirs, because he knew that team building was the most important aspect of leadership. And that's what allowed them to create success after success for over two decades, and win 4 Oscars, among over 30 awards. A walk through Stan's studio gallery is a trip through the last two decades of fantasy cinema. Predators, Terminators, raptors, T-rexes, Edward Scissorhands himself and a hundred more. It hits you how great an impact he's had. I spoke with Stan by phone Saturday morning, and apparently it was one of the last conversations he had. Incredibly, in retrospect, he was full of life, you'd never have known he was at death's door. We talked for a long time about all the fun times, and all the dragons we'd slain together. He said that once you've shown something is possible, everybody can do it. What was important was being first. Breaking new ground. Well that's just what he did his whole career, and today's creature and character effects business uses the techniques he developed every single day. He inspired a generation of fantasy effects geeks, and his legacy will be found in their dreams up on the screens of the future, not just in the films he worked on directly. I'm going to miss him, like I'd miss a brother. It's hard, almost unfathomable, to talk about him in the past tense. He was just one of those larger than life people that was so alive that you can't imagine them gone. But he is gone. I ask the fans to remember not just the work but the man. Thanks for listening. Jim out

Later tonight - Quint will be adding to this with comments from a good many associates - including Jon Favreau - and we're hoping to hear from Spielberg - as Stan's work with Steven is also legend. But while I never knew the man - I treasured his work. Check back later tonight for more.

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. I have word out to half a dozen people now to add onto this tribute to the Great Stan Winston. Below you'll find three filmmakers whose lives were touched by Winston in either friendship, professional collaboration or both. Continue to check back. As we get more of these in we'll update it. First up is Jon Favreau, who has worked with Winston twice as a director:

He was a giant. I was blessed to have known him. I worked with him on both Zathura and Iron Man. He was experienced and helped guide me while never losing his childlike enthusiasm. He was the king of integrating practical effects with CGI, never losing his relevance in an ever changing industry. I am proud to have worked with him and we were looking forward to future collaborations. I knew that he was struggling, but I had no idea that he would be gone so soon. Hollywood has lost a shining star.

Next we have Jonathan Liebesman who worked with Winston on DARKNESS FALLS, a troubled film from the beginning, but Winston acted like a life preserver keeping the young Liebesman afloat in the storm of that production. Here's his Jonathan Liebesman:

Hey Eric, I guess I would just say that on my first film when I was a 25 year old first time director, Stan Winston would call me "boss". That nod of support fuelled me through any tough times on the movie. Whenever I'd go to his shop to visit the guys working on my film, Stan would always walk up to me and shake my hand to greet me with a "you like what you see, boss?". His attitude was so empowering to me. I was amazed that even if you weren't Cameron or Spielberg, a legend like Stan would treat you with the same respect he'd give those guys. They say to be careful when you meet someone you idolize because your idol always disappoint you. Not this time. Stan supported me and I will always be grateful to him and wish I could've worked with him one last time. Jon

And the last one I have for you at this moment is Frank Darabont. I'll let Frank speak for himself:

I'm still reeling from the news. Losing Stan is a real blow for me, as I'm sure it is for a lot of people who loved his work. He was clearly a genius in his field. He and I talked about working together for years, but we never found the project to make it happen. Stan was one of those people it was impossible not to like. I met him around the time of Eraser. Back then Schwarzenegger was always throwing these dinners at his restaurant in Santa Monica—lots of food, wine, and cigars. And because Stan and I were fans of each other’s work, we’d often wind up sitting together. We’d trade stories, talk movies, and laugh our asses off. Stan was a fantastic dinner companion, a real raconteur, and one of the most affable guys you'd ever meet. He was brimming with enthusiasm that was genuine. As revered an industry figure as he was, he was still basically the kid who loved movies and broke into the business for the magic of it, and he never let go of that attitude. Though the business itself can grind you down, it never jaded him or diminished his joy for the creative side of what we do. He simply loved movies too much to allow that. That impressed me enormously about him. One of the blessings of being in movies is when you meet icons whose work you deeply admire and they turn out to be fantastic people. They’re the ones you’re honored to encounter along the way, the people who are kind and gracious and inspiring in addition to being superbly talented. They exhibit genuine humanity and touch your heart in various ways, and you foolishly figure they’ll always be around to get to know better as the years go on. But then they are taken far too soon, and you’re left with the deep and lasting regret of not having gotten to know them nearly as well as you’d wanted or expected to. I’ve met and lost a number of extraordinary people who fall into this category, among them Roddy McDowell, John Frankenheimer, Sidney Pollack, Dave Stevens, and John Alvin. Stan Winston now sadly joins my list. The best way to sum up Stan is to share my best memory of him. I’ll never forget how excited and honored we both felt the day we participated in presenting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame to our mutual childhood hero, Ray Harryhausen. Stan and I spent the afternoon on a “pinch-me-because-I-must-be-dreaming” high. We kept pulling each other aside and muttering things like: “Wow, can you believe we’re here? Can you believe we get to do this? Isn’t this the coolest thing ever?” In short, we spent the day geeking out like a couple of giddy kids. Whenever I think of Stan, I’ll think of his joy and his childlike enthusiasm that day.

Thanks to all that have come out and spoken up for Winston so far. If you had the chance to know the man or work with him, we'd love to hear from you. Director, effects, make-up, actor, producer, colleague, whomever. Of course I'd love to hear from Tom Woodruff and Alec Gillis, Schwarzenegger, John Carpenter (Stan worked with Bottin on THE THING), Joe Dante, Steven Spielberg and Tim Burton to name a few specifics, but honestly anybody who knew Stan and can offer his fans a glimpse at who he was, let us posthumously meet him as it were is what we're going for. Please email your thoughts to or and we'll include it in. Like I said above, keep checking back for more insight into Stan Winston. We should have more coming in over the next few days, including a promised piece from MONSTER SQUAD director Fred Dekker.

Quint here. I'm hitting the sack for the night... I'll see what's in the inboxes when I wake in the morning (I've gotten word that Richard Taylor will contribute soon), but this just came in... words from Joe Dante on the late, great Stan Winston:

Although Stan was prematurely gray, he always exuded so much youthful enthusiasm that he never seemed much older than 20, making today's sad news all the harder to accept. Like many of us who began as monster kids, he was eternally excited to be part of the movie business, even after becoming one of the major names in his field. I met Stan at Amblin when he was doing GOONIES, where he was providing a giant octopus that eventually got cut from the movie, and I admired his direction of PUMPKINHEAD, but we didn't really get the chance to work together until SMALL SOLDIERS, for which his studio provided most of the designs for the various living toys. The level of detail that went into the creation of these figures and their on-set animation was prodigious, and subject to lots of trial and error. How much was to be accomplished on-set and how much would be ceded to ILM's CGI artists was in constant flux. In the end the scale tilted more toward ILM than any of us had expected, but Stan and his guys were totally on board with whatever was best for the picture. But that was Stan's ethos. Whatever worked and made everybody look good. One less artist and a major loss for all of us. Rest in peace, Stan, with the knowledge you made a difference in the world you loved best. Joe Dante

"Moriarty" here. I'm still reeling from this one myself. I had several opportunities to visit Stan's shop over the years, and that amazing showroom of his. I always found him to be charming and friendly and really welcoming as a person, and of course, he was a master artisan. I'm deeply moved by what Rick Baker sent us, one master's salute to another, and here it is for you guys:

Such sad news. I arrive in England after flying all of Sunday night, get to my hotel, go to bed, get up and go to work in the morning and find out that Stan Winston is gone. I can't tell you how sad this makes me. I just spoke with him a couple of weeks ago. I called to tell him how beautiful I thought his Iron Man was. I heard rumors that he was ill and spoke to him about that. He confirmed the fact that he had cancer but said, "Hey, I am still above ground". We spoke about when I finished my work on in England about getting together and talking about the good old days. Stan was bigger than life. The film industry is not going to be the same without Stan. Stan took make-up effects out of the garage and made it a respectable business. Stan was the first to make a nice clean beautiful shop for crew to work in. He treated his crew well, with respect and love. My heart goes out to his family and his crew. I am sorry for their loss, his passing is a loss to us all. It is hard to imagine the make-up effects industry without Stan. His presence will surely be missed. I feel like it is the end of an era.

Quint back again, with three more pieces for this growing tribute to Stan Winston. We'll start with MONSTER SQUAD director Fred Dekker:

Imagine a world where you have no visual knowledge of the Terminator endoskeleton. What if you never saw the Alien Queen from Aliens? Take the T-Rex from Jurassic Park, and remove it from your memory banks. Johnny Depp as Edward Scissorhands? Gone. Not there. What kind of weird world would that be? My point is, this isn’t just fanboy stuff -- these are some of the most indelible, iconographic images in the history of motion pictures. But putting that aside (and my belief that A.I. is one of the great achievements in all of genre cinema), my personal favorite Stan story was one night when we were shooting THE MONSTER SQUAD on the Warners backlot. In the movie, there’s a tiny, throwaway shot that occurs right after Frankenstein's monster wallops Dracula and sends him flying onto a pointed metal cross. Except there was no walloping… and no "flying” either. It was all in the editing. There was a shot of Frank throwing a backhand -- then we see Drac "impaled". What I had storyboarded to sell it was a small, blink-if-you-miss-it, insert of the body actually hitting the cross. Any other director would have given it to the second unit. But I was a newbie, and I had the entire first unit -- a full union crew standing by at 4:00 a.m. while Stan and I stood on a ladder with a Dracula dummy, literally THROWING it onto the cross with the camera three feet away. We’d throw it… and miss. Then try again. Close, but not quite. “This is it,” we’d say. “This is the one”. Then -- Doh! The dummy’s cape fell off. In retrospect, here was a man who’s done every conceivable kind of screen makeup, from glamour to old-age stippling to werewolf appliances… an Oscar and Emmy winner who would later design and build not just fully articulated, human-sized animatronic robots, but fully articulated, literally DINOSAUR-sized robots. A virtuoso who worked with the biggest directors, created the biggest FX creatures, and worked on the biggest, most groundbreaking effects movies of all time. But here’s what I remember: me and Stan, at four in the morning, throwing a dummy onto a spike just like when I was 12 years old in my backyard making 8mm movies with my friends. I’m sure the crew thought we were crazy. But man, the memory was worth it. There's always been a part of me that stays a little kid at heart. And that night, I saw that part of him, too. He was having a ball – even without gazillion dollar robots... My second favorite Stan memory is from not that long ago. We had a meeting on a project for which he and the boys would have built me some creatures. He talked about how his creations aren't effects, but actors -- actors giving performances. I loved that idea, and it was great to be back in the sandbox with him, spit-balling like the old days. But the producers and I weren't entirely on the same page. Whether Stan knew this, I don’t know. But after the meeting, he took me aside and quietly encouraged me to stick with my vision, no matter what. Don’t be steamrolled, he said. Don’t compromise. To me that’s Stan Winston in a nutshell: Do it right, or don't do it. I’ll miss his creations and their "performances”… and I’ll miss that goofy, mischievous smile. I hope you’re in a better place, Stan. Because this one is a little worse without you.

Next up is John Rosengrant, from the set of TERMINATOR: SALVATION, a man who has worked with Stan since the first Terminator and had to continue working through news of his mentor's passing.

It's 3am here in New Mexico and I'm supervising Terminator 4 Salvation for Stan and just finished one of the toughest days in my life.It was extra tough not only that I lost my mentor, who taught me this business and great lessons in life, but we had to perform tonight. The old show biz saying" the show must go on" came true and the team and I had to make Stan bring our characters to life, and keep it all together. I have been blessed to have worked for Stan for the last 25 years ,my first feature with Stan being the first Terminator.It has been an unbelievable opportunity, an incredible ride. It's a ride, we the team will continue, just as he wanted.Stan never lost his love for this business, always wanted to break that new ground ,give the audience what they had never seen before, and to the highest artistic standards. As a person Stan was caring and generous. It breaks my heart that he is gone. The out pouring from the fans is very touching.... you all obviously loved him as much as we all did at Stan Winston Studio.We'll miss you Stan. John

And then there's Josh Cagun, giving us our first look at Stan from inside the family. We'll continue posting these as long as we keep getting stories, so please keep checking back.

Heya Quint, Many of you knew Stan Winston as an incredible artist. I knew him as Uncle Stan. I was just reading through the various tributes to my uncle on your website, and I was impressed with the sheer number of people that felt compelled to express their grief and condolences. I just wish all of his fans could have had the chance to know him personally. We lost so much more than an astounding make-up artist and CGI Wizard, we lost one of the truly great men of our age. I've known Stan was really sick for quite some time now, but the last time I saw him he was so full of life and love it seemed impossible that he really was sick. Now it seems impossible that he is gone. It was clear that he was in pain, but he hid it well, I think, so those around him wouldn't worry about him. That's just the kind of man he was. I had the opportunity to speak with Stan, one on one, several times during my last visit to California, just the two of us cruising around the hills of Malibu in one or another of his fast cars. He drove like a maniac, of course, but if you knew him, you know there was no other option. Honestly, having Stan as an uncle never seemed real. Here was a man who was wildly succesful and famous. He was intimate friends with the whose who of Hollywood. He was lauded as the very best in his industry and he was an academy award winner. Despite all of that, he was one of the most genuine, humble, and sincere people I've ever had the pleasure of knowing. During the last conversation I had with Stan, he expressed how thankful and grateful he was for his success. He was truly grateful he had been allowed to make a career doing something that he loved so much. I think we all appreciate the fact that Stan loved his work so much, because he truly was amazing at his craft. He touched lives the world over, giving people nightmares and inspiring them to become artists at the same time. During that same conversation Stan spoke to me for the first and only time of his illness. He told me he had enjoyed his life, maybe a little too much, but the one thing he truly regretted was that his health was failing to the point where he knew he wouldn't be around too much longer. He so very badly wanted to see his grandchildren grow up, to be there with his wife and kids. It was painfully obvious how much Stan loved his family. It always has been. Despite the fame and fortune and the star on the hollywood walk of fame, Stan Winston was a family man first. He loved his family, and they loved him. These words here do little justice to the great legacy that is Stan Winston, but hopefully the next time you watch a dinosaur smash a car, or see a terminator walking down the street, you will remember a man who loved his work, loved life, and loved his family. He will be missed. With love, Josh-

"Moriarty" here again with some more tributes that have shown up here at AICN. I'm not surprised to see how much affection there was out there for Stan and his work, and I'm so proud that we are able to offer this forum for members of the community to share their feelings and memories. Tributes are starting to pop up elsewhere, like McG's goodbye to him over at the TERMINATOR blog, but we've gotten in a few more that I wanted to share with you. First up is John Watson, who shared a very particular professional experience with Stan. I'll let him explain:

From John Watson, writer/producer/partner in Trilogy. Hi Harry, Thank you so much for providing this forum for those who loved Stan to share their feelings and memories. I am one of the too-few people who had the opportunity to work with Stan as a director. We collaborated on the under-appreciated ‘Adventures of A Gnome Named Gnorm’. For those of you who missed it – most of you? ;) – it’s a gloriously frivolous demonstration of Stan’s wonderful sense of humor and also his extraordinary talent. Gnorm is a beautifully realized character created by Stan and the brilliant folks at his shop. Almost all of these people are still working there, which as Jim pointed out is a testament to the loyalty he generated within his team. Gnorm is an irresistibly endearing creature, quite unlike his more famous and scarier brethren at the studio. His range of movement and the complex animation of his facial features were ground-breaking at the time – mid 80s, and it was a sadness to Stan that Gnorm wasn’t seen and appreciated by a larger audience. Stan was working in Rome while we were developing the script and one of my fondest memories was breaking the story while exploring the Coliseum together. It was an incongruous environment in which to be imagineering this weird little fantasy film. As most of you know, working with Stan was always fun. His sense of humor was infectious and inspiring. He was rarely without a laugh and a smile even through the inevitable tensions of the production process. Barely a day went by without an excuse for that goofy thing with the glasses or his patented and painful smack to the gonads. He so enjoyed life, and life was always enjoyable in his presence. The movie fell into that all-too-frequent trap of collapsing studios. Vestron financed the film and promptly went out of business before the film was set for release. At one of our many test screenings, Stan and I were sitting near the back and noticed that one section of the audience was especially enthusiastic and reacted wildly at all the right places. So we waited with extreme curiosity for the lights to come back on, to identify these wonderful Gnormophiles. As they exited past us we realized they were a school group of Downes Syndrome kids. Stan said to me: “See, we finally found our perfect demographic!” Then he cracked up. Others have talked about Stan’s extraordinary devotion to his own family. I observed that too, as our friendship continued through the years since ‘Gnorm’ and our families became close. He was also extremely generous to my family. My boys have tons of special memories of him and of his warmth and kindness to them. I have two students at USC Film School who got the thrill of their lives when Stan personally gave them a tour of his studio. He was a giver. The child in Stan was always close to the surface and kids especially responded to him. He made it tough on all of us in his last years with his insistence on us keeping the secret of his illness, but we understood and respected his reasons. I am so grateful for the times we shared and the treasured memories. John Watson

Next up are two of the most difficult to write, I'm sure. Tom Woodruff and Alec Gillis are renowned make-up artists in their own right now, but they started their careers under the guidance of Stan, and I'm sure this was like losing family for them. They wrote us separately, so let's hear from Tom first:

Quint, There is a feeling of sadness and loss that grows with each obituary and every posting. Having never expected to see the word "gone" next to Stan Winston's name, the shock of his passing becomes more profound each day. The lucky ones don't always die first. I was lucky. Stan picked me out of a crowd based on a portfolio that showed more promise than accomplishment and my relationship with John Rosengrant and Shane Mahan (one that continues to this day although the passage of time between visits is far too great). From the very beginning, Stan touched me as an artist and a friend and soon became a father-turned-mentor. He was an artist, passionate about his craft and his family and sharing his sense of humor. He was generous with credit, presenting us on stage, his crew, to the audience of the Saturn Awards as the artists behind the success of Terminatoras he accepted what was to become a long list of awards. He was generous with his experience and knowledge. And he was generous with devotion and camaraderie as he'd stand next to your table at the best restaurant in town, his hands in your salad for a laugh. When Alec and I stepped away from under his shadow, it was the beginning of a career that Stan himself helped to propel. He turned Gale Hurd toward us on Tremors and also stood up for our getting the contracts on Death Becomes Her and Alien3. It is a shadow that continues to touch our lives. The outpouring of emotion here shows that Stan has touched so many more people than just those of us lucky enough to know him and to work in movies. It feels unreal and as if something has been forever changed - The day the music died. His name and legacy will live on. God bless you, Stan Winston.

And now, here's Alec to close us out for this update:

Hi Quint and Harry, Thanks so much for the invitation to share our thoughts on Stan. Tom and I haven't been much of a presence on AICN in the past, in fact I had the chance to shake Harry's hand after a long flight once and my introversion got the better of me. Times like this remind me how short life is, and that we might not get a second chance just to take a moment. For that reason I'm impressed with AICN and the fan reaction to Stan's passing. This is a surreal time for us friends and fans of Stan. I keep thinking of CITIZEN KANE as we all reconstruct who Stan was from our own perspectives. All points of view are accurate, even if limited. I was only part of his team for a few short years, but I took away a lifetime of lessons. I met Stan in '84 through Cameron, with whom I'd worked at Roger Corman's. I was sitting in my tiny room in Mar Vista and Stan himself called. He was all business when he explained that Jim had recommended me. I was all nerves when I told him I had turn turn him down because I had just taken work on FRIDAY THE THIRTEENTH PART IV. The call was brief, but I managed to wrangle an appointment to show my portfolio anyway. I also got the name of the movie. Something called TERMINATOR. By the time ALIENS rolled around I was a fixture at Stan's studio and reveling in the opportunities he generously gave. It was an incredible period that I don't think we fully appreciated. There was Shane Mahan, John Rosengrant, Richard Landon, Shannon Shea, Rick Lazzarini, Tom Woodruff and myself making up the core of Stan's crew, and screwing around like goofy brothers. INVADERS FROM MARS, ALIENS, PREDATOR, PUMPKINHEAD, LEVIATHAN, MONSTER SQUAD, AMAZING STORIES all were done inside of three years. People assume that what we learned from Stan was "the business". That's partly true, but we also learned "life". Stan was a father figure to all of us young dopes who were too immature or cocky or insecure to really be considered professionals or even adults, but Stan saw something in us he could guide and develop. Here are some quotes from Stan re: "the business", as near accurate as I can remember: "You keep taking chances, pushing the envelope. You can only fail." "Everybody wants to do their best. You just gotta give them the chance." On no longer being hands on: "I used to work with clay to get results. Now people are my clay." On the competition: "I love my competitors! They make me do my best. Thank God for Rick Baker!" One being the best: "Nobody's ever really on top. There's always another movie about to come out to bump you back down, keep you humble!" "Other people may do better work than me, but nobody has more fun!" On Oscars: "You can't do it for the awards. They're just bowling trophies." Written inside every employee Christmas card: "Don't tell the others, but you're my favorite!" On Tom and I: "The things that make you valuable to me are the same things that will pull you away from me." (I didn't know what he meant at the time.) When it came to the life lessons, Stan, ever the family man, never held back advice. He was sometimes annoying, usually correct, and always honest. At age 25, I was on the verge of breaking up with my then girlfriend. The relationship was at the tipping point. It was time to either move to the next phase or call it quits. Into this very personal internal debate boldly stepped Stan Winston. We were invited to a party at he and Karen's beautiful house in the valley. (First time I'd seen a bidet, and squirted it all over the ceiling. Never told him that.) When I introduced him to my girlfriend he started rocking an invisible infant and humming "Rock-A-Bye-Baby". I winced at his lack of subtlety, and he slugged me on the shoulder and said, "Are you crazy? Marry her, you idiot!" We got engaged in London while on ALIENS and this year will be our 22nd anniversary. My 9 year old daughter, youngest of four, cried yesterday when she found out Stan wouldn't see the get well card she colored for him. He was the best boss I ever had. In an era of flat salaries, crazy hours and toxic work environments, he urged us to go home at a sensible time ("You're no good to me tomorrow if you're dead on your feet."), paid O.T. and made sure his shop passed OSHA inspections. He'd shrug off our thanks by saying that "happy workers are more productive than unhappy ones." Wisdom, kindness and humility all at once. He urged us all to buy houses and gave us the jobs to afford them, offered 401ks, had cakes at every employee's birthday and gave Christmas bonuses. We put up a basketball hoop at his house for his son's birthday, his kids helped around the shop, and we'd all laugh as he'd mock grovel at the feet of his mentor, famed Disney makeup artist Bob Schiffer. All you folks are right. All your impressions of the man and his work are correct. He had his detractors, and in some way they are right too. Nobody's perfect. But no matter what you thought of him, he helped all of us in the practical Creature / Makeup effects industry tremendously. Not just by hiring us, but through his tireless promotion of the art which made his name synonymous with "Creature Effects" and gave the world an appreciation of what we do. We lesser accomplished artists rose to heights by riding his slipstream. He always said, "You have to fight for everything in this business." Fight he did. No one gained more ground than Stan. Whenever ADI reached an impasse with a studio lawyer, we'd simply ask for the same deal they gave Stan on his last film. At that, you could hear sphincters creak and teeth grind. Favored nations with Stan was favorable indeed. To moviegoers he gave a pantheon of characters unlike any other since or hence. To the fans of "real" effects, he pushed back against the digital onslaught, even while co-founding Digital Domain. He knew that CG was a means to an end to be utilized as a tool, not to supplant the movie or knock the viewer out of the reality of the story. I'm only one of many who came through Stan's studio, (sprung from Zeus' head, I guess) so I shouldn't go on too long. I didn't intend to, but hey, it's cathartic. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to share my limited point of view of my mentor, our mentor. And damned if he didn't leave us on Father's Day. Here's one last quote. I once asked him if he was afraid of death: "Nah. Life is such an adventure, I figure death will be too." All the best to Stan's wonderful family, his friends, his fans. We'll miss him. alec gillis

Quint here again. I have two new stories about Stan Winston for you. First up is Sandy Collora, who worked with Stan on the effects side and directed the well known fan film BATMAN: DEAD END. Here are his thoughts on Mr. Winston:

Hey guys, Sandy Collora here. Stan Winston was a very special man to me. He gave me my first job in this business when I was a mere 18 years old. I've had the good fortune to have had worked at his studio on such films as "Leviathan", "Alien Nation", and "Predator 2". I also was very lucky to work with Stan personally on designing and developing creatures for some of his personal pet projects. The talented people I met and worked with there, taught me so much and the time I spent at Stan Winston Studios was instrumental in shaping the creative person I am today. Through Stan's talent, humor, and "tough love" approach to what he did, he inspired me voluminously to pursue my efforts not only as an artist, but a director as well. I remember, on "Leviathan" I got in a pretty major car wreck and he came to see me in the hospital. He was a great guy and always made time when my parents were in town, to show them around the shop and let my little brother play with the Terminator endoskeleton's fingers... Weird, I remember that like it was yesterday, but it was 20 years ago... Wow. I'm sad he's gone. I'm sad I can never go to him for advice anymore, and I'm sad he'll never see my first feature film, which in many ways, he inspired... Of Stan I can say this; His contributions to this industry and the art of special effects cannot be measured, but his contributions to the people he's mentored, inspired, and lives he's touched, are even greater still. You're an Icon, Stan. One of a kind... You will be missed. SC

Next up is Richard Taylor, another champion of practical effects work who leads Weta Workshop and some of the best designers, sculptors, artists and model-builders in the world. I asked him for an anecdote about Stan and this is what he had:

Hi Eric Here is my little story about Stan. Tania and I wanted to make a trip to LA to meet some of the people responsible for the effects work on many Hollywood movies. We wrote letters to a number of Workshops and very kindly the guys at KNB, Rick Baker and Steve Johnson invited us to visit. We wrote to Stan Winston’s and also got a favourable reply inviting us in to look around. We made our way to the States and on the morning of the visit to Stan’s facility we arrived early filled with expectation and excitement. Sadly though, on presenting ourselves to the reception desk we were told that due to confidentialities on a new project we would be unable to now have the tour as promised. We were disappointed but understood the changing nature surrounding this issue. We got chatting to the receptionist who asked us where we were from, what we did and what we were working on. By total chance as we made our last answer, which was the fact that we were about to embark on the (failed 1996) remake of King Kong with Peter Jackson, Stan happened to walk past the reception area. He overheard this snippet of conversation and graciously welcomed us into his facility with open arms. We spent the next two hours in Stan’s company getting a personal tour of all of his facilities, meeting all the people we had only known through Cinefex magazine articles and getting to see an amazing array of stuff. I found the visit to be immensely inspiring – as were our visits to the other facilities we were so lucky to have had a look inside. At the end of our tour Stan kindly offered to show us his showreel and it was reassuring to see that he struggled with exactly the same thing we all do in our own facilities – he attempted to do the simple task of rolling his showreel for us only to discover that someone had been messing around with the audio visual equipment and turned the whole thing to custard. Stan was deeply apologetic but very thankful when finally the thing kicked in and we were able to sit together and watch this wonderful reel. This was the only time we met Stan but it was a wonderful few hours spent with a very enthusiastic individual that treated us as peers and was very giving with his time and knowledge. From all at the Weta Workshop in Wellington, New Zealand we send our deepest sympathy to Stan’s family and all the team at Stan Winston Studios. Richard Taylor Weta Workshop

Quint here once more with a few more thoughts, this time from KNB's Greg Nicotero and Bob Kurtzman. We also have words from Sideshow Collectibe's Scott Klauder as well as a man named Shannon Shea who worked with Stan on many projects and Jim Charmatz who is still at Stan Winston Studios and works as a concept designer. Nicotero is up first:

I moved to Los Angeles in 1985, immediately after wrapping production on DAY OF THE DEAD. The 1st film I was hired on was INVADERS FROM MARS at Stan Winston Studios. Since he was shooting ALIENS at the same time, they had a substantial crew working 7 days a week. My first walk through of the shop had displays from TERMINATOR, artwork from THE THING and designs from ALIENS adorning the walls. I was thrilled to see such amazing work up close and personal and was struck by the talented artists that Stan attracted. He was a tireless showman and his studio was truly inspirational. It was here that I met people that would change my life. Shannon Shea, Gino Crognale, to name a few. The caliber of artists that were cultivate by Stan are countless….Steve Wang, Matt Rose, Mike Trcic, Dave Nelson, of course Howard Berger and Bob Kurtzman who eventually became my partners. Stan took make-up effects and creature work to a whole new level, employing make-up, animatronics and puppet technology at the height of its popularity. It was this blend of techniques that I feel contributed dramatically to the crossover between various effects techniques even today with practical and digital creature work….always fool the audience…keep them guessing. The work in JURASSIC PARK literally floored me….cutting from this amazing full size T Rex to a walking digital creature in 1 shot was sheer genius. Stan’s imagination and vision have left a legacy that will continue to inspire film makers AND film goers for decades to come. Greg Nicotero

That was from the N of KNB. Now we hear from the K:

I had the great pleasure and privilege of working with the Stan early in my career on Predator, Aliens, and Invaders from Mars. Stan was an incredibly generous person, family man, and artist who gave me the opportunity, at a very young age, to learn from him and the talented team at Stan Winston Studio. His creations inspired not only me, but a generation of artists. He was a true master of movie magic and he will never be forgotten. Robert Kurtzman

Next is Scott Klauder from Sideshow Collectibles who worked with Stan Winston to bring some of his creations to the collectibles market. You might remember that amazing Pumpkinhead they put out a couple years back. Here's Mr. Klauder's words about Stan:

I had the honor of meeting Stan twice, and wrote something that I thought I'd share. For those unfamiliar, Sideshow Collectibles and Stan Winston Studios have enjoyed a relationship of bringing some of the most incredible collectibles to life for over 5 years now. To create a collectible of a movie icon is one thing, but when the masters for that item are developed by the actual effects company that worked on the film, well then, we're talking magic. I met Stan Winston on two occasions, once when I accompanied our Creative Director, Tom Gilliland, to Stan's shop. We were picking up the masters for the Pumpkinhead maquette. To tell you the truth, I was intimidated at first. I mean, these guys had created some of the creatures that got me into this business. For me to walk through those doors and, not only see all of that but then to be greeted with a hand shake and a smile by the man responsible for it all, let's just say I was speechless. The man treated me as though he had known me for years. He was polite, attentive, and most of all proud. Proud of the world that he had built around him. Proud of the people he had surrounded himself with. Proud of what he had dedicated every day of his life to for close to 40 years! I was a 1 year old when Stan established Stan Winston Studio, and here he was shaking my hand. The second time I saw him was at San Diego Comic Con in 2007. He came by while we were setting up, again with a handshake and a smile. As he gushed over one of our Iron Man pieces, he began to tell us about his excitement and enthusiasm over working on the movie. When he was told that Sideshow was licensed to make product for the movie, Stan simply said "Well, what are we waiting for!" and the 1/1 Iron Man bust was born. His love and enthusiasm for the industry, the art, and the people around him is inspiring. I will miss him, and I will cherish the few minutes I got to spend with him, this master of monsters, this creator of worlds, this architect of icons, Stan Winston. Scott Klauder Production Manager Sideshow Collectibles

Next is a guy named Jim Charmatz, a concept designer at Stan Winston Studios.

Guys, I wanted to thank you for the tribute you set up for Stan. It has enabled many of the people in his life to express the most wonderful sentiments about him and is giving us all a place to read these collected works. I'm not asking you to post this as my name is not known like the many already there, but as Alec Gillis wrote, it's cathartic. I started working for Stan on March 21, 1994 (the day he won the Oscar for Jurassic Park) and I never worked for any other effects house since. Like he did for so many others, Stan saw my potential from the first days of my employment and he immediately took advantage. He had an incredible knack for seeing the strengths in people, no matter how hidden, and developing them. When computers became a viable tool for design, he encouraged many of us to embrace the 3D arts and learn the latest software to achieve the best results...all on his time. Stan gave me the opportunity to build a solid career cultivated from a vast variety of skills that, had it not been for him, I might not have ever had the chance to develop. For that, I am eternally grateful. During my 14yrs with Stan I've worked as a mold maker, sculptor, painter, and designer and feel very lucky that I was able to work intimately with him on so many projects through the years. The project I feel most fortunate to have worked on was not movie, but his book "The Winston Effect," for which Stan trusted me to art direct. I am proud to say I worked for Stan Winston, not just because of the mark he made on cinematic history, but more importantly because of Stan, the man... and my relationship with him. He accepted me into his talented extended “family" all the while sharing his wonderful, goofy sense of humor, true kindness and wisdom that was often profound. It's hard to believe he's gone but we'll move forward and do our best to carry on the Winston name with the same quality of work that we always strove for with Stan at the helm. Jim Charmatz Conceptual Designer Stan Winston Studio

Finally for this round of updates is Shannon Shea. I met Shannon on the set of The Mist and he is, without a doubt, a superior geek. He is like us and exactly how we'd be if we got to work on these movies. I remember fondly our pow-wow in the misty parking lot... sitting around bullshitting about sci-fi and fantasy films with Shannon, the KNB crew and the awesome KNB designed and executed spider maquette. One of the films my friend Kraken and I hounded Shea about was Predator. He talks a bit about working with Mr. Winston on that film below. I hope you enjoy it

Hey guys - Sorry this has taken so long to write, but I've been on set for DRAG ME TO HELL working strange hours. Strange hours that have only become more difficult coping with the loss of not just a friend, but a father figure for myself and many that worked for many years at his studio. I've been reading all of the heartfelt and insightful posts that have been written by colleagues and friends and I'm not sure what more can be said without just sounding redundant. Stan hired me in 1985 with only three previous projects under my belt as a mold maker on ALIENS. During that time, Stan employed not just his "lifers" (a term that none of us liked), but Kevin Yagher, Tony Gardner, Howard Berger, Robert Kurtzman, Rick Lazzarini, Dave Nelson, Brian Penikas, and Everett Burrell all of whom broke out and formed their own make up effects companies. As you can see, Stan was the well-spring. He was the source. He was the inspiration and the model. Stan's fair business practices and unwavering pursuit of excellence was only surpassed by his stubborn belief that nothing was impossible. During MONSTER SQUAD, Joel Silver, John McTiernan and Beau Marx came to the shop with a quandary. They had been filming a movie in Puerto Vallarta and their monster was not meeting their expectations. Putting the film on hold and listening to the counsel of their leading man, Arnold Schwarzenegger , they had come to Stan to bail them out. The project was PREDATOR and the task that lay ahead was enormous. It didn't matter that his core team was still finishing MONSTER SQUAD. It didn't matter that we had weeks to not just provide something to film, but having to surpass what had already been provided. None of that mattered. Stan knew, he just knew that we could do it and it would be fantastic. I'll say this now 22 years later. None of us knew that the PREDATOR would become an icon. A symbol synonymous with Stan and the studio at that time. We were too busy getting the work done at break neck speed. Stan was at the top of his game on that show. No longer shooting in the resort location of Puerto Vallarta, we, instead filmed the reshoots in the jungles of Palenque. I cannot stress this enough - it was a real jungle. Our first night there, we were driven up the side of a mountain to meet with John McTiernan at company wrap. John had a glass of scotch in his hand and led us on a tour of where the fight between Arnold and the Predator would happen. As production shut down, so did the lights and we found ourselves in a Mexican jungle with just the ambient light of the moon to show the way. Then came the bats. McTiernan continued his blocking with us as bats zipped passed our heads. Stan finally convinced John that we should head back to base camp and as we ascended a hill, Shane Mahan plucked a long reed of grass and started flicking it past Stan's ears. "F-ing BATS!" Stan cried as we headed back to camp unaware of the practical joke. But that was Stan. He wanted us to have fun. He encouraged us to immerse ourselves in the experiences of being on location in distant lands. If it wasn't worth laughing it wasn't worth doing. Upon our return to the United States, Stan gave me my Blue Cross health insurance papers - his way of saying that I was part of his permanent team. He adopted me and had called me "his last son". One of the last times I saw Stan was at a San Diego Comic convention. I was with my daughter and friends and saw Stan across the room. To those outside of his studio, few believed that Stan LOVED Jerry Lewis and LOVED imitating him. I caught his eye and in my best Lewis voice yelled "LADY!" In a flash, Stan cocked his glasses on his face and launched into his Jerry Lewis schtick repeating "Lady! LAAA-DY!" at the top of his lungs surrounded by his fans. There are too many stories, too much history, too many people, too many projects, too many emotions for me to effectively attempt to portray someone who had become a surrogate father to me. When I was completing my tenure at his studio, Stan pulled me aside and told me that not only would the studio be okay without me, but I would be okay without the studio. Like so many others, I moved on professionally, but not without learning profound lessons that would effect the way I work and live to this day. Shannon Shea

Quint here again. I have a big batch of updates to this Stan Winston tribute from many of his colleagues. I can't tell you the outpouring of affection I've been receiving from the readers about the man. He meant a lot to many of us and thanks to those who have contributed so far we've been allowed to get to know him a little. To further that, I'm going to kick off this round of updates with a picture of Stan, nearly 20 years old, cradling a friend's newborn daughter, Molly:

That look on his face... we've heard it described a dozen times so far. Happiness and goofiness mixed. Here's the letter from the mother:
The baby that Stan is holding in that photo is Molly Shea, my daughter...well, as far as I know. You see, Stan and Karen were among the first to hold our newborn girl. Our parents were still in our native New Orleans so the surrogate Winston parents showed up months before her birth grandparents would arrive. And yes, what an expression he has on his face! When I told Stan that we were going to name her Molly, he threatened to fire me. That was until he held her and told us that she was a perfect little Molly. Matt, Debbie, sorry for the confusion! Shannon Shea
Let's start with Nick Dudman, one of the creators of the Harry Potter Creature department in London.

Hi Harry, I was lucky enough to meet Stan on a couple of occasions: once when he was in England prepping "Aliens", and once when I worked on "Interview with the Vampire" in New Orleans. I wish I had known him better. He was a wide-eyed, over excited gentleman, and it was a pleasure to meet an icon who actually lived up to the image I had of him. When I set up the Harry Potter Creature department, running crews of 50 to 120 at a time, I remembered my tour of his shop, and especially the atmosphere there. Stan provided his gifted artists with a wonderful environment, he actively helped them give their best...I took that with me, you are only as good as your crew, they are your hands and your eyes; treat them well. (Tho' James Cameron is absolutely correct- it is like herding cats...pedigree cats). His contribution to our craft is colossal; he set a wonderful standard making a worldwide network of artists all try to outdo themselves and him. The former happened a lot, the latter rarely if ever. We should never forget the standards he set. From Hogwarts, to one of this world's only real wizards: Thank you Stan, for paving the way. We miss you. Nick Dudman

Next up is Aaron Sims, who worked closely with Mr. Winston for AI:

Stan Winston was a visionary. I began working for him in late 2000, and during my first week there the film AI started development. I was responsible for several of the robot concepts, and Stan asked me to do a few of them using a new 3D animation program that I had been using. Until that time, all of my designs were done with pen and paper or Photoshop; I hadn’t considered designing anything using animation software, but Stan encouraged me to do it. After the first few designs, all of us – Stan, myself, and Steven Spielberg – were taken aback by this new way of looking at concept art. Stan knew the next wave when he saw it, and soon thereafter he asked me to lead his new digital animation department. It was a real honor to have him entrust me with that responsibility, and I’ll always be grateful to him for that. He was a real pioneer in this industry, and I’m so thankful and fortunate to have had him as a mentor and friend. He will be greatly missed. Aaron Sims The Aaron Sims Company

Next up we have Randy from Action Figure Times:

Quint, This tribute is a wonderful idea and I'm glad that AICN is fronting it. I'm glad I'm not the only one stunned by his sudden death. Editing and writing Action Figure Times for so many years now, I’ve been fortunate enough meet a lot of varied and different people. From porn stars to playmates, artists of all types that work in pen & ink to clay & foam to mouse & computer, I’ve met many amazing people. But you don’t meet many Academy-Award winners and you sure don’t forget a four-time Academy Award winner. I was lucky to meet and talk with Stan a couple of times in the early millennium, mostly involving his work with Stan Winston Toys. Some at comic shops, Comic Con or even at his studio. What many others who have worked with him have said about him is true. He was affable, always upbeat and treated everyone as if they were old friends come to visit. But his influence came to me more from the “house” he built more rather than anything else. When I first moved to California in the early 90’s, I was working minimum wage for a toy store (you know-the one with the dyslexic letter in its name!) in the San Fernando Valley and without a car. During my time there walking the aisles, I noted guys coming in checking on toys wearing a cool Stan Winston FX t-shirt. Over time, I found out that his effects house was only one street over! After helping one of the guys get a much needed Christmas toy for his son, he asked if I wanted something for my trouble. “Yeah, a job a Stan’s,” I responded. He chucked and said “How ‘bout a t-shirt and a tour of the place?” Score! It was another few months before he made good but it was worth the wait. So on a hot afternoon in July, I got to visit a non-descript, set of industrial buildings. But there on the ground was a reserved parking sign… for Stan Winston. After going through a very paranoid receptionist and signing my life away, I got into the place proper. This when they were working on CONGO as well as doing work trying to win a gig for a BIG monster film (I STILL can’t say it but A)they didn’t do the film and B)I’m sure the Japanese are quite happy that he didn’t!). The place was packed with people working hard and making some incredible stuff. But what I remember most is the Meeting Room. If you ever saw his special effects show on AMC during the 90’s or read his book, “The Winston Effect”, you know what room I’m talking about. But for me that first time in, I’ve always thought of it as the “Holy S—t!” Room! That’s all I could think because the walls were jammed with Winston’s work. The stuff of legend.
A T-800 Endoskeleton. Damaged Arnold Terminator. Predator. Pumpkinhead. A full-size Velociraptor. A full-size Queen Alien Head. Edward Scissorhands. A full-size T-Rex Head. The monsters of MONSTER SQUAD. True Icons of Film. These were representative of some of my most influential movies, the ones that made me want to be a part of film-making, to write scripts, to go to film school, to move three thousand miles to California. And they were there, stilled life waiting for the call of "Action!" The Dream of Film in physical form. If you don’t get inspired by all that creativity in one room, then you shouldn’t be film fan. But I felt that inspiration, that energy... and I’m sure Stan knew that effect would be there. So after many years, I’m still out here chasing the Dream of Film. Why? Because the Dream of Film can be real. People like Stan Winston brought it to life. You left us too soon, Stan. You still had more people to inspire. See you on the other side. Randy of AFTimes aka Andrew Gaughen

Next we have Rebecca Himot who used to work for Stan. The Christmas Party story told below really had an affect on me:

Quint, I’m a nobody, so if you guys don’t want to print this letter I totally understand. But I figured I’d share just the same. When I was 12, I sat in the theater as the credits of Edward Scissorhands rolled, waiting for that vital piece of information. Stan’s credit came up and I turned to my mother and said “I am going to work for that man.” She laughed at me but I was never so serious about anything. Lacking the essential talents and skills, I figured an office job would be my best bet. So 10 years later, I managed to secure just that. I had that same fear everyone else did, that my hero would never be able to live up to my expectations. But boy, was I wrong. Stan was every inch the hero, and always shined the light on those around him. Every day that Stan was in the building, he’d do his “rounds.” And every day, he’d come in to my office and thank me for my hard work. He was the kind of guy you wanted to hang out with, with a mischievous and childlike streak that made you feel like you were in on some private joke. I think one of the most telling moments of my short time there was during a production meeting, when Stan was literally twitching in his seat… and after a while he confessed that his new video game had arrived and he wanted to get back to it as soon as possible. It was a tight year, projects were getting delayed and I got swept up in a round of unfortunate lay-offs. Stan reminded me that I was still expected at the Christmas party that year. And at that party, he handed me my gift, gave me a hug and whispered in my ear: “I’m so sorry. I promise I’ll do everything I can to get you back to work.” It didn’t work out, but I would never forget his words or his kindness. Stan believed, and it made you want to believe, too. He was genuine, brilliant, and passionate. The world is forever better and brighter for his having been in it. Rebecca Himot

And last up for this round is Tara Crocitto who worked herself up the ranks at Stan Winston Studios over the years and ended up one of the VPs of the company.

Hi Harry, Thank you for this opportunity. I had the privilege of working with Stan for just over 11 years. My stint there was initially a temp position. Truth be it known, it was a glorified front office clerk/office manager and after working my way ‘up the ranks’ an assistant to Stan and ultimately one of five v.p.s at his Studio. It is a woman’s take, if you will. So here is the chick flick, the soft side and what I was so blessed to have been a part of: I moved to Los Angeles from New York. I was signed with a bi-costal employment agency of sorts. They were sending me out on a job call. I had no idea where I was going or what the job was. Only that they were sending me on an interview for an office management position, somewhere in Van Nuys, California. That alone was odd because I had no idea where the heck that was! After cruising up and down the street lost and I should say a lit
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  • June 16, 2008, 7:27 p.m. CST


    by CasperVonSidecar

    A true living legend. So sad it hurts me.

  • June 16, 2008, 7:28 p.m. CST


    by mrfan

    Loved his work.

  • June 16, 2008, 7:29 p.m. CST

    GREAT article

    by ShiftyEyedDog2

    Glad to see Cameron take time from his busy schedule to pay tribute to this fallen master. Can't wait to read the others.

  • June 16, 2008, 7:31 p.m. CST


    by ShiftyEyedDog2

    I HOPE you're saying "Who cares if I'm first" and not "Who cares if Stan Winston is dead." If so, why bother with the "first"? If not, then you're a first-class asshole.

  • June 16, 2008, 7:31 p.m. CST

    Today is a sad day....

    by closeencounter

    Stan's work was just as important, just as vital, as any other person in front or behind the camera. R.I.P Mr. Winston.

  • June 16, 2008, 7:32 p.m. CST


    by Mr. Lahey

    Stan Winston's work either terrified me or made me smile when I was a little kid. I'm thankful for both.

  • June 16, 2008, 7:32 p.m. CST

    Didn't know he was sick...

    by Mace Tofu

    but sounds like he was a fighter to the end. Sad day for the FX community : (

  • June 16, 2008, 7:34 p.m. CST


    by DatoMan413

    First a Giant of Journalism, now a Giant of the Imagination Made Reality. His accoplishments made things that lived inside people's heads wondrous reality. Any film geek worth his salt knows his accomplishments, from Miss Jane Pittman, Mr. Roboto, Aliens, and of course, the Terminator. Rest in peace, and we'll say a prayer for your family. End of Sermon.

  • June 16, 2008, 7:37 p.m. CST

    ShiftyEyedDog2, YOU'RE MISTAKEN

    by DatoMan413

    When I saw the post, at the time no posters had posted. I thought First? But it didn't matter. My previous post conveys my thought without further explanation.

  • June 16, 2008, 7:41 p.m. CST

    Your first post was deleted anyway

    by ShiftyEyedDog2

    but I was just clarifying what you meant by it. I'm not here to squabble, though. This is the place for tribute, not typical talkback arguing.

  • June 16, 2008, 7:44 p.m. CST

    Shit, shit, shit

    by OgreYouAsshole

    How did he die?

  • June 16, 2008, 7:44 p.m. CST

    A master's legacy

    by Powerring

    Stan Will leave behind iconic images and masterworks of effects. It's amazing when you see his work, it holds up many years later against digital. The fire of genius burned in Stan, and he brought great joy to people all over the world. R.I.P.

  • June 16, 2008, 7:45 p.m. CST

    Could be the most significant loss...

    by Lerkst

    in film in my entire life. Stan's work touched everything since I saw Star Wars for the first time. 35 years later, he's designed and created the most important images I will ever see. Yes, the director is important, but Stan's work supercedes that. He's the genesis of so many classics, he was a household name for myself and so many I knew. This is a truly sad day. I will miss your work Stan..

  • June 16, 2008, 7:45 p.m. CST

    Sad News.

    by DrRavenwood

    Met the man once and had the pleasure to get a peek at the famed conference room at his studio in the Valley. I knew, if Harry spoke to Cameron, that attention would be paid to Mr. Winston not only for the creative genius that he was, but for his humanity. In our brief encounter, Stan revealed that he was first and foremost just a nice and friendly guy. An everyman... But more than that, he revealed to me that he was, like all of us, an absolutely unabashed movie geek... who had never lost that love and and who truly marveled at the joy he brought to the rest of us fanboys by what he had created. In other words, he was grateful to have been afforded the chance to do what he loved for a living and appreciative of what a great living it had provided him. He will be missed.

  • June 16, 2008, 7:46 p.m. CST


    by DatoMan413

    The my post was not understood by the moderator, either. <br><br>Not here to argue. I was offended that my words were misunderstood. I'm a huge graphics and design geek, and Winstons work is at the heart of that. Jurassic Park stands out in my mind the most. I grew up with an appreciation for dinosaurs, and never thought, when I was a kid, that I'd never see anything that would look like that. Stan Winston took my favorite dino, the T-Rex, and gave it life. I appreciate this man's accomplishments, and truly sad at the passing of a legend. End of Sermon.

  • June 16, 2008, 7:47 p.m. CST

    By the pricking of my thumbs

    by Larry of Arabia

    Something Wicked This Way Comes...

  • June 16, 2008, 7:47 p.m. CST

    genuinely sad, a rarity

    by colinjbooth

    I grew up on the terminator, predator, aliens. we all have our time to go but some leave behind so much, thank you stan. thoughts go out to his loved ones...

  • June 16, 2008, 7:48 p.m. CST


    by Madcapper

    ..and I send my thoughts to his friends and family..

  • June 16, 2008, 7:48 p.m. CST

    by chipps

    I was reluctant to post because i didn't really know much about him but I LOVED the effects in those films. After Jurassic Park came out the dinosaurs did a tour and went to a museum near us. One was on a loop that turned and roared. Unfortantly my younger brother stepped into the room at exactly the wrong time and the damm thing turned toward him and roared. He was a tough kid but he shat some bricks. Dad timed the looped and noticed that it turned away again after the roar. He picked alex up and spent half an hour standing in front of the thing (it was the raptor). When ever it roared dad would roar back and it would turn away thus making dad 'the boss' so alex wouldn't have nightmares. Still alex wasn't so sure. These things looked real even when not on screen. They looked fucking real.

  • June 16, 2008, 7:49 p.m. CST

    Thanks for the magic, much respect...

    by mr. flibble

  • June 16, 2008, 7:50 p.m. CST

    I was hoping it wasn't true

    by tme2nsb

    That is why I said it was a hoax. All of these people dying. This makes the 8th person in the past two months that inspired me in life. I met Stan Winston many many many many many many many years ago when I was about 11 (I'm almost 25) - it wasn't a personal meeting either, I was just a lowly extra on a movie I forget the title of (I did a lot of them back then) and meeting him is one of the best moments of my shitting "acting" career...him and Chris Farley. I am very sad that this happened, and I don't know when I'll recover from this. <p> Jokingly, it must have been all of the crappy AVP movies and Terminator.

  • June 16, 2008, 7:53 p.m. CST

    This still sucks. But serves to inspire.

    by Traveler 27

    Like all those I have come in contact with thus far in this business, the most unassuming and genuine souls are the most inspiring. And for THEY do I bust my ass for. I do wish I had worked with him...but It inspires me to keep going. This is a great business...we may not all love Hollywood, but certainly, we love movies.<br><br> RIP

  • June 16, 2008, 7:55 p.m. CST

    RIP Stan.

    by Banshee7

    I didn't know you, but your work has touched me my entire life. God Bless You.

  • June 16, 2008, 7:55 p.m. CST

    God Bless you and your family

    by nooneimportant

    truely a legend. thanks for all the great work.

  • June 16, 2008, 7:56 p.m. CST

    Thank you for posting this Harry

    by sideshowbob

    It got a little misty in here as I read it.

  • June 16, 2008, 7:56 p.m. CST

    Two giants, seemingly immortal, in two weeks...

    by LHombreSiniestro

    I'll miss you Stan, and you too Sydney.

  • June 16, 2008, 7:56 p.m. CST

    Thank you stan

    by floatybrownthing

    For all the memories, the inspiration and the passion. Is there any chance AICN can place something more lasting on the page in memoriam?

  • June 16, 2008, 7:56 p.m. CST

    V/FX Flowers for the Passing of a Movie Wizard...

    by Chishu_Ryu

    Almost 15 years later, I still don't think anything has yet rivaled his work in Jurassic Park...

  • June 16, 2008, 7:57 p.m. CST

    Excellent tribute

    by Bobo_Vision

    In addition to his groundbreaking work, sounds like he lived a charmed life. Looking forward to reading the other tributes.

  • June 16, 2008, 8 p.m. CST

    Stan, thank you for bringing magic into our lives.

    by OgreYouAsshole

    God Bless

  • June 16, 2008, 8:02 p.m. CST

    A sincere thank you..

    by Alfred_Packer

    I dont think you can say enough how about someone who has contributed so much throughout our lifetimes. Its impossible to put a value on it all, the impact in all our collective conciousness of this man's work. My most heartfelt thanks. Alf.

  • June 16, 2008, 8:04 p.m. CST

    Stan The Man

    by friskevision

    His mark will not be soon forgotten.

  • June 16, 2008, 8:05 p.m. CST

    Who will save Terminator 4, now?

    by MyManD316

    'Cause Stan was one of the only bright spots in the whole fucking production. Rest in peace you crazy son of a bitch. Hopefully you're showing Jesus how miracles are really done.

  • June 16, 2008, 8:08 p.m. CST

    Beautiful words

    by Gd00

    from another great man. Rest in peace Stan

  • June 16, 2008, 8:10 p.m. CST

    Showing Jesus how miracles are really done.

    by Powerring

    Awesome words! The next aurora and shooting stars will be Stans newest creations.

  • June 16, 2008, 8:15 p.m. CST

    wolfman had nards

    by seabiscuits

    and so did stan winston. r.i.p. brother.

  • June 16, 2008, 8:16 p.m. CST

    Wo w

    by rogueleader66

    What a great article, a great tribute to a true giant, an innovator, a man who gave us so much, you can tell he loves what he did, it showed in all of his work. We should all be as lucky to have lived our lives doing what we loved. Stan Winston will me missed, but never forgotten.

  • June 16, 2008, 8:23 p.m. CST

    I'm crying man

    by T 1000 xp professional

    my prayers are out for his loved ones

  • June 16, 2008, 8:23 p.m. CST

    Ah, man this does suck.

    by jae683


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  • June 16, 2008, 8:27 p.m. CST

    He will never be forgotten.

    by vic twenty

    Impossible. He lives on in every iconic character and creature he had a hand in bringing to the screen. If you were lucky enough to grow up at the right time to see these creations on the big screen when they were first released, you (and I) will never forget the impact they had. In the days before the internet, the only glimpse of this magic was to be found in movie and monster magazines, and usually not at all before a film's release. That made the reveal all that more frightening and wonderful, because you had no idea what was coming. <<p>> Stan's work will always stay with us, the lucky ones who do "get it". <<p>> RIP Stan Winston, and thank you very much.

  • June 16, 2008, 8:28 p.m. CST

    Yet another Legend I have to mark off my wish list

    by MattHooper

    One of the few people I would have begged to work on a film of mine. Gifted, professional, nice guy. Never heard anybody say anything negative about this kid AT ALL !! I truly wish I didn't have to say this yet, but Rest In Peace Stan Winston.

  • June 16, 2008, 8:28 p.m. CST


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  • June 16, 2008, 8:30 p.m. CST

    Thanks for doing this AICN

    by Turd Furgeson

    You guys are right, main stream write-ups won't get it at all. I'm really glad you got these people who knew and worked with him to say some personal things about him. I hope there are enough students of his work out there to fill some of the void left by his passing. Sad day. May Stan Winston find peace and rest.

  • June 16, 2008, 8:34 p.m. CST

    A lesson we should all take away

    by HandsThe Hands of Fate

    Never lose a single opportunity to namedrop who text messaged you last night.

  • June 16, 2008, 8:44 p.m. CST

    Sharing Jim's pain

    by Seth Brundle

    im touched by the thought that TERMINATOR was the first big hit for Stan Winston, James Cameron and Arnold Schwarzenegger in their respectives areas, then they form a bond for life out of it!!! that seriously looks like movie stuff, amazing letter Jim.... you know....i cant believe it, im genuinely sad for this death, my feelings to Stan family and friends

  • June 16, 2008, 8:45 p.m. CST

    This is the sadest fucking day in cinema in some time...

    by JackLucas

    I will watch Pumpkinhead tonight and ask myself the question that film brings to me everytime it spins in my DVD player... why only the one film as a director? Sadly we will now never know what film making dreams Stan could have made come true for visionaries like Cameron and Spielberg. We can only hope that some new talent with an eye for the fantastic and an appreciation for the practical applications that Stan pioneered over the years steps up to the plate to claim this Legend's torch. Until then, I bow to your talent and look forward to sharing your contributions to my imagination with my children. Thank you, Stan. Thank you so much.

  • June 16, 2008, 8:51 p.m. CST

    My condolences to his loved ones.

    by digitalcos

    Stan means so much to the geek community. The loss is overwhelming. He will be missed.

  • June 16, 2008, 8:56 p.m. CST

    fifteen years later...

    by mr_macphisto

    ...and i'm STILL waiting for somebody to top this man's work on "jurassic park". i have never NEVER seen special effects work like that in a movie before or since. god, this fucking sucks. jesus, fuck.

  • June 16, 2008, 8:57 p.m. CST

    The whole of Geekdom mourns...

    by argonaught

    What a great great loss to cinema. We've just lost one of the greatest talents who ever worked in movies. RIP Mr Winston. Without you, it will never be the same.

  • June 16, 2008, 8:58 p.m. CST

    An absolute giant...

    by Dulcebase

    Thank you Stan for doing your thing and changing the world of film forever.

  • June 16, 2008, 9 p.m. CST

    Michael Dougherty?

    by messi

    that fuck who wrote superman returns?

  • June 16, 2008, 9:02 p.m. CST

    He was one of my lifelong idols.

    by CeltMonkey

    Toast and raise 'em high, fellas, one of the best is gone. A true legend.

  • June 16, 2008, 9:03 p.m. CST

    Completely gutted...

    by Little_Alex

    Was so sad to read this. I rarely post, but this guy was the best in the business. A genuinely special talent who will be sorely missed. He and Rick Baker were the first two effects guys (different areas) whose name I learned (some quarter of a century ago!!)

  • June 16, 2008, 9:04 p.m. CST

    I'm glad you guys are doing this

    by buffywrestling

    Stan deserves the tribute; he truly does. I'll be checking back often to read and remember the man and the master.

  • June 16, 2008, 9:05 p.m. CST

    That's one tribute I wanted to read.

    by hallmitchell

    Who better to go to than James Cameron. Great tribute. Who cares if mainstream press aren't running it. It's only overweight girls who follow who's in rehab anyway. Everyone gets their news of the internet now. And that attitude is a big reason why.

  • June 16, 2008, 9:07 p.m. CST

    Farewell, sir.

    by SebastianHaff

    I may only be 22, but a lot of famous people have died in my time. Outside of family, this death hurts the most. The entire art of cinema has been wounded, not just in spirit, but literally wounded, as there is a giant hole in the practical effects world, a hole that used to be the existence of Stan Winston. I am sure that there are countless movies to be made in the near future that will have mediocre effects work, merely passable makeup jobs, jobs that Stan Winston could have taken on had he been alive. He'd have taken them on and made them better for it. I can't believe that I'm seriously upset by the death of someone I never knew personally. But I am. This is all just awful. I want him back.

  • June 16, 2008, 9:13 p.m. CST

    Stan's working T1 robots in Terminator 3

    by Seth Brundle

    The man not only did props, he actually built FUCKIN REAL WORKING ROBOTS for T3!!!!....I remember myself thinking "Fuck, cameron is not on T3 but AT LEAST Stan Winston is so the effects will be cool" his work was one of the few redeeming things of T3

  • June 16, 2008, 9:17 p.m. CST


    by WallyWonka75

    Movie effects will never be the same again. One of a kind!

  • June 16, 2008, 9:46 p.m. CST

    Good letter from Cameron

    by SlickyVonBoner

    well written and touching

  • June 16, 2008, 9:55 p.m. CST

    Goodbye Stan

    by TiNSeLToWN TeRRoR

    You will be missed by EVERYONE.

  • June 16, 2008, 9:56 p.m. CST

    Still can't believe it.

    by otm shank

    Also, my respect to Mr. Cameron for his great words. If you asked me to say or write about my friend of 25 years the same day as his death, I would not be able to.

  • June 16, 2008, 9:57 p.m. CST

    Thank you...

    by tile_mcgillus

    Brilliant tribute for a brilliant guy.

  • June 16, 2008, 10:12 p.m. CST

    Ironic that it takes a death to bring out what is best about thi

    by toadkillerdog

    For everyone who has ever harped on the fact that Harry has contacts throughout the industry, this sad event illustrates just how valuable those contacts truly are. <p> When mainstream media ignores the impact of the death of this giant, it falls to sites like this, and only this, and people like Harry and only Harry, to get the first and true reactions from the people who matter most. <p> Damn good job Harry. This is what a geek community is all about. And I truly hope everyone remembers this. But my bet is that it will be forgotten as soon as the next eruption occurs over the Starformers II movie.<p> But today, for this moment, we are geeks united in grief. And we have Harry and this site to thank for providing a forum to express that sadness, and to hear from other giants in the industry who share our sadness.<p> Goodbye Mr. Winston - you provided memories that I and countless millions of others will carry for a lifetime.

  • June 16, 2008, 10:13 p.m. CST

    To bring out what is best about this site

    by toadkillerdog

    Is what the previous post said

  • June 16, 2008, 10:16 p.m. CST


    by JaPra

    Harry makes a point, OVER & OVER to tell us that he never met Stan Winston. WHO FUCKING CARES? Who cares if you never had the chance to meet and talk with him. This is about HIM, his life, his accomplishments, his dreams, his magic. <br><br>I'm about over Harry and his need for famous friends.<br><br>REST IN PEACE STAN! This is about YOU, and no one else.

  • June 16, 2008, 10:17 p.m. CST

    Created the images of my childhood...

    by BusDriverStu

    Aside from deaths in the family, very few could ever make me upset, but this one really leaves me saddened. Winston was responsible for making me believe in the fantastic when I was a kid, participating in the movies that made me fall in love with the art. The man was as iconic as the icons he created, and though I've obviously never met him, he always came off as a genuinely nice guy in every interview. He will be missed.

  • June 16, 2008, 10:19 p.m. CST

    And CGI claims another victim

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    NOTHING will ever touch Winston's animatronic work.

  • June 16, 2008, 10:20 p.m. CST

    STAN WINSTON: Certification that at least the FX would be good

    by Stormwatcher

    That is what the name represented. No matter what, even if the film itself wasn't always T2, then at least you'd be guaranteed the gauntlet on the floor when it came to new visuals. James Cameron is pretty much a man's man in a way that's all class. Glad he's the first obit I have read on this. Will stick out the most when I think about Winston.

  • June 16, 2008, 10:26 p.m. CST

    RIP to an underrated great

    by Hamish

    This was top story on my local newspage's entertainment section, as it should be. It was a damn shock to read it there though. Rest in peace Mr Winston, or maybe raise a little hell if that's more to your liking.

  • June 16, 2008, 10:29 p.m. CST

    A true cinema legend

    by Jbreck

    Stan's work will not soon be forgotten. I hope that one day I can make 1/1000th of the impact on this world that he has. Stan, May the road rise to meet you, the wind be...... May the road rise to meet you, May the wind be always at your back, May the sun shine warm upon your face, And the rain fall soft upon your fields And until we meet again May God hold you In the palm of His hand. ...and may you be in heaven an hour before the devil knows you're dead.

  • June 16, 2008, 10:36 p.m. CST

    Moving tribute from the King of the World

    by TallBoy66

    Very well said. er, typed.

  • June 16, 2008, 10:39 p.m. CST

    Farewell, childhood dreams and nightmares...

    by Billyeveryteen

    I am forever in you debt, good Sir...

  • June 16, 2008, 10:43 p.m. CST

    i am angry

    by GavinVanDraven

    for this loss. and angry that noboby i have told the news to has any f'ing clue as to who stan the man winston was. it makes me sick. i work at blockbuster, and nobody i work with there had a clue until i listed off a dozen or more movies who the hell i was talking about. i am making a tribute section in my store for his work.

  • June 16, 2008, 10:44 p.m. CST

    Thank you, Stan. Rest in peace.

    by Mr. Waturi

  • June 16, 2008, 10:46 p.m. CST

    It's great...

    by mefrog

    ...that despite all the bitching, and yelling, and debating, and name-calling that populates these talkbacks as we feud, at the end of the day we're all still true geeks and film lovers. And that when someone this legendary, this spectacular, passes on we all come together. Seriously. The respect for Mr. Winston's work here is incredible, and well-deserved. What a legend. What an incredible guy. RIP sir. You shall be missed.

  • June 16, 2008, 10:51 p.m. CST

    Fucking beautiful

    by 11ZOMBIES

    A great tribute to a great man. Cinema has lost one of the true greats.

  • June 16, 2008, 10:59 p.m. CST

    James Cameron is a good writer

    by Rupee88

    Whenever he emails Harry, it just jumps out at you. But of course the content is what matters today and yes, it is sad that Stan Winston couldn't live forever. He gave us all so much joy through his passion and hard work. I met him at a comics/fantasy convention years ago and he was just a good guy...very upbeat and friendly.

  • June 16, 2008, 11:10 p.m. CST

    You'll be missed, and you'll always be loved

    by hegele

    the work and the memories of Stan will continue to enrich and enhance audiences forever.

  • June 16, 2008, 11:16 p.m. CST

    I met Stan Winston Back in 2006, At Comicon.

    by GenreBoy

    It was the first time i ever went. I had only attended Wondercon prior and was excited to go to San Diego. Anyway, on that friday i was walking around in Awe of how huge the convention was and i was near the Sideshow Booth, they had just released the Alien and Predator figures and the T-800 Ekoskelton. Unaware and not paying attention i stepped back to take a picture of the Exoskeleton and i bumped into someone and i turn around an there's a slim man with gray hair, glasses and i turn saying I'm so sorry, man sorry. I look at his badge and it's Green saying "Exhibitor" an below that it said "Stan Winston" realizing who i nearly knocked over i apologized even more. An he just smiled an said it was ok. An i said.."Sorry it's my first time to here an it's alot" an he said "Oh thats great man, how are you enjoying it so far?" an i just said "Alot of fun, ya know i'm going to see the panels an buy alotta stuff." an honestly i probably rambled at him because i couldnt believe i met the guy who gave a shape and scale to every cool creature that i ever saw on the big screen. An i asked how he was and he said "I'm good good" An i asked if i could take a picture with him and he said sure. after that another exhibitor came an Stan said "Hey, i gotta run but listen you have a blast man, Hope this is the first of many for you Buddy." He didnt have to say anything like that,he asked how i was enjoying the convention. Honestly, when does that ever happen? I'm no one important, I'm not a director, or actor,or a studio exec, I was just some random guy who bumped into him and he was interested in how i was enjoying myself.I've gone to the Pebble Beach AT&T pro-am an half the "Celebrities" that are NOT playing are not 1/10th of the personablity that Stan Was. I guess what i'm saying is, Is that if stan was able to be as kind to a random guy like me, than it speaks volumes of him as a man in the world of Hollywood, atleast to me anyway. He will be truly missed. An i've attended Comiccon Since and ya know what...I have a Blast every time. Thanks Mr. Winston. -Michael

  • June 16, 2008, 11:19 p.m. CST

    Stan At San Diego Con 2007 - Iron Man

    by rickdeckard1

    I remember Stan talking to the audience at Comic Con with Favreau, and Downey Jr., right next to him, talking about how excited he was with Iron Man, no since Jurassic Park, had he been that excited about a project. He struck me as a man of passion and through his work incredible genius.

  • June 16, 2008, 11:32 p.m. CST

    Another great

    by Series7

    Yeah as to what GavinVanDraven, I've told a couple of people and half of them said, don't you mean Tim Russet? And I said no and they were like who's Stan, and I explained to him all the movies he was involved with and they couldn't believe how much he's done and how iconic a lot of his work is. Man, he's life in movies must've been amazing. Its the sort of ideal career to have, to get to collaborate with all the best, even though you pretty much are the best. I always enjoyed seeing any dvd extras behind the scenes stuff of his. Though truth be told I do get him and Rick Baker mixed up a lot, which is fine because they've both done amazing work.

  • June 16, 2008, 11:59 p.m. CST

    AICN you guys rock for doing this

    by quadrupletree

    Enough said.

  • June 17, 2008, 12:04 a.m. CST

    My God...Absolutely Shocking and Heart Breaking...

    by Read and Shut Up

    ...honestly, this is truly, truly sad news. Stan Winston took those things that lurk in our imagination and made them real, and tangible. Obviously, I never met the man - but I feel like I know him, if only for his work.<p> <p>Stan, thank you - and bless you - for taking a little kid's dreams and putting them up on the big screen. You will be sorely missed.

  • June 17, 2008, 12:18 a.m. CST


    by aicnball

    while i never got to meet the man, the man proivided so much for movie fans from raptors, t-800, t-1000, t-rexes, and many countless othe v/fx. RIP Stan Winston, a genius in the v/fx that provided many a movie fans tons of thrills

  • June 17, 2008, 12:20 a.m. CST

    This tribute should really ...

    by heks

    ... be made a permanent feature of the site, I think. I don't think there's an area for that kinda thing right now, but this topic/post is worth the creation of a new permanent section in my opinion. This just might turn out to be the day that "real" died in the movies ... or at least started down the other side of the hill. It's a sad, sad day. This really sucks. I think everybody who loves movies is gonna feel this. Winston's legacy definitely deserves a permaent monument.

  • June 17, 2008, 12:21 a.m. CST

    make that *permanent* monument

    by heks

    stupid no-edit feature

  • June 17, 2008, 12:34 a.m. CST

    The don't make them like...

    by Bedhead7

    Mr. Winston anymore. Words like Master, Legend and Hero were invented to describe his level of character and quality. The first time I ever cared about filmmaking was watching Stan talk about the production of Aliens. Biggest loss to film since Mr. Kubrick. Stan, rest in peace.

  • June 17, 2008, 12:59 a.m. CST

    I'm going to drink a beer

    by Mezzanine

    in honor of the late, great Stan Winston. It kills me to think that the man who made my nightmares and dreams come to life as a kid is gone. Together, Stan caused more sleepless nights and more hours of giddy grinning than anyone else in movies. Showing Jesus how to perform real miracles, indeed. Rest in peace, Stan.

  • June 17, 2008, 1:33 a.m. CST

    Pictures of Stan's Studio Gallery

    by apersonofinterest

    This is a repost from another thread but since James Cameron mentioned it, I thought I would share it again. If anyone is interested, I found the pictures I took of his display room. This is the room he would bring his potential clients that would never cease to blow their minds. Talk about closing the deal. These pictures were taken for a quicktime 360 project we were working on that never made it on to the website and despite the fact that I was the President of the company and would not be doing any of the production work, I decided that this project was too important and I'd best personally oversee the photoshoot...And I wanted to play in the big toy room :-). We spent all day in this room taking these pictures. The mirrors behind the props made it extremely difficult to take the pictures without getting in the pictures ourselves. If you look closely, you might see a foot sticking out from behind the conference room table where we would hide while we snapped the pictures. As you can see, Stan produced some of the most iconic creatures in motion picture history. I felt like I was in an art gallery and I kept getting in trouble for touching the props but I couldn't help it...The pictures are all high res, so enjoy! I just checked online, and apparently the websites that we designed are still online..Don't laugh! These were designed back when Flash was still brand new. Stan was kinda cheap so our subsequent attempts to get him to redesign the websites were to no avail. http://www.stanwinstonstudio.c om/home.html and http://www.stanwinstonproducti Thank you Stan!! I will never forget you!

  • June 17, 2008, 1:34 a.m. CST

    This...THIS is why Ain't It Cool News IS the best

    by thelordofhell

    I always think it's rather disengenious when I hear about a celebrity death. Because really, we just don't know them as people, we only know them for the work they did, that's why I ususally post a flippant message when these death posts come out (I'm the Abe Vigoda Laughs At You All guy). But this one is different, extremely different. Here we have, right in front of our eyes, exemplary dedications from people who have known this man better than any of us here, and any and all snarky little comments made by me or anyone else on this board just pales in comparison to these testimonials. I am literally in tears writing this response. This has been one of the best posts ever on this site. Thank you Harry, Quint, and to all the people who sent you their words to be shown here. And to Stan, rest in peace, you deserve it.

  • June 17, 2008, 1:55 a.m. CST

    Awful news! a GIANT in sci-fi and fantasy films!

    by quantize

    RIP Stan

  • June 17, 2008, 1:58 a.m. CST

    Rest In Peace.

    by DamnMichaelBay

    You fucking rocked.

  • June 17, 2008, 2 a.m. CST

    Goodbye Stan


    Thanks for the magic. I'll miss you.

  • June 17, 2008, 2:15 a.m. CST

    Terrible loss.

    by AllPowerfulWizardOfOz

    This and Tim Russert are like a one two punch to me. I can't even properly comment.

  • June 17, 2008, 2:29 a.m. CST

    Rest in Peace Sir

    by Muse1983

    Cinema has lost perhaps the last true master in creating icons that we will always remember and love. He was a master of the craft and we will all miss him terribly. Thank you stan for creating memories, movie moments and magic that will live forever. God bless you

  • June 17, 2008, 2:39 a.m. CST

    Descanse en Paz

    by CuervoJones

    And, for the record, Jim Cameron is Great.

  • June 17, 2008, 2:46 a.m. CST

    Maker of dreams come true. Peace to you

    by Dingbatty

    and condolences to yours, Mr. Winston.

  • June 17, 2008, 2:52 a.m. CST

    What the FUCK?????????

    by alucardvsdracula

    This is sad toooooo fucking sad. RIP Sir you helped take genre movies to another level. You shall never be forgotten.

  • June 17, 2008, 2:52 a.m. CST


    by Brody77

    Saw this on imdb then immediately came on here. I didn't even know he was ill. Surely if anyone deserves a full blown tribute to their work at the Oscars it's Stan Winston. Thanks for all the joy.

  • June 17, 2008, 3:28 a.m. CST

    Stan Winston Display Room Password

    by apersonofinterest

    Oops. The password for the display room pix is mainstreet. Here is the URL again.

  • June 17, 2008, 3:29 a.m. CST

    This sucks

    by Fineus Fog

    gonna go watch Aliens now. Be interested to hear what Richard Taylor has to say - I worked on LOTR at WETA and there was nothing but admiration for Stan and others like him

  • June 17, 2008, 3:52 a.m. CST

    it's happening

    by ferrisdownunder

    I knew coming into the 21st century that the filmakers that i grew up with would begin to fall...but goddamn does it hurt. A sad day indeed.

  • June 17, 2008, 3:59 a.m. CST

    Good work, boys.

    by Fortunesfool

    Lets hope to hear from some others before this blends into the news ether.

  • June 17, 2008, 4:25 a.m. CST

    R.I.P Stan

    by Captain RawBeard

    You were and always will be the Man. For me movies have lost that little bit of magic.

  • June 17, 2008, 4:28 a.m. CST

    What a bummer...


    this is a terrible loss

  • June 17, 2008, 4:41 a.m. CST


    by SoWasRed2012

    Time to break out the Predator-Aliens-T2-Jurassic Park marathon and the emergency bottle of whiskey. RIP Stan.

  • June 17, 2008, 4:47 a.m. CST

    by misnomer

    totally unexpected and very saddening. A real icon to film lovers, he'll be sorely missed. There have been many times in my life where, for a fleeting moment, I wish i'd gotten into special effects- and that ambition has only ever existed because of this guy. Rest in peace stan.

  • June 17, 2008, 5 a.m. CST

    "Aint It Cool News"


    This is not cool news - not by a long way. I don't often get personally upset when a movie maker passes away, but damn, this has really choked me up. Stan's hands shaped the monsters that are my generation's Wolfman, Dracula and Frankenstein's monster and, from the tributes on this page, it sounds like he was a straight-up guy too. To lose him whilst he was still producing the goods just adds to the hurt. My sympathies go out to all who knew and miss him and my sincerest thanks go out to Stan himself, who will be remembered, if not by the mainstream media, at least by the ones who matter the most - fans who will continue to be marvelled by (and genuinely love) his creations and the current and future film-makers who will continue be as inspired by him as he was by the likes of Willis O'Brien and Ray Harryhausen. Godspeed Stan...

  • June 17, 2008, 5:05 a.m. CST

    What a damn shame, Cameron is right

    by ilander66

    He was truly a legend and contributed so much to to films that millions of people have enjoyed and will continue to enjoy for years to come. There will probably be very little if anything at all about him in the mainstream press (especially here in the UK) but the fans know he was a genius, his family and friends know he was a great man and his legacy will live on. R.I.P Stan Winston Thank you for everything.

  • June 17, 2008, 5:08 a.m. CST

    Sorry you had to leave

    by Striking Writer

    but thank you for being a major part of the movies that shaped my life

  • June 17, 2008, 5:13 a.m. CST

    great stan winston quote on CGI

    by misnomer

    "Ultimately, any new technology, if used properly, should be embraced; however, I think it's very important for people to realize what happens whenever a new technology is introduced. I think it's a wonderful new tool to be able to use digital tools to help create magic. But, the secret is creating magic….and you don't create magic by your audience knowing how you did your trick. The downfall is when too much digital is used. When an audience walks into what I call a "live action movie." I am not talking about a digitally animated movie because that is an animated film and that's an art form. “Toy Story,” “Shrek,” and “Nemo” are wonderful and could not be better. They are great stories and told in a particular art form. But when digital is used in a live action movie, people should not be aware that it's digital animation. It must be magic. The only way to make it invisible is not to make it all digital; mix it up. To have live action and digital so that from cut to cut, from moment to moment, you are not aware of what you are looking at. And then it's magic and it's a brilliant tool. Unfortunately it's only a few filmmakers…there are only a handful of brilliant filmmakers who know how to dazzle you and trick your mind and allow you to believe you are seeing something that is real and that you don't know how it was done because it doesn't look like digital…and it couldn't be done live because they couldn't possibly do that with puppets…it couldn't be done with animatronics and it also couldn't be digital because once you no longer know how it's done as an audience then you are watching a movie. You are watching what is happening and it is magic. And anything that helps us do the magic is a good thing. Unfortunately, there are not a lot of great magicians out there and they don't know how to use the tools and so the magic is gone. So, instead of going to see a movie and seeing magic you end up seeing technology and that's a downfall."

  • June 17, 2008, 5:14 a.m. CST

    Nice tributes from Stan's peers.

    by pokadoo

    Like I said in the other talkback, I am just bummed out. I never new the man personaly, but he has been there in the background for most of my movie-watching life. The movie world has lost a very talented & important man. R.I.P Stan.

  • June 17, 2008, 5:23 a.m. CST

    Props to AICN for this...

    by Sledge Hammer

    There was not a single mention on any australian news broadcasts all day about this, but practically everyone had Amy Winehouse's latest whatever. Made me so damn angry that the passing of one of the true legends of modern cinema doesn't rate even a mention, and yet some two bit drunken skank behaving badly, again, is considered big news. Absolutely shameful.<p>Personally I'm still absolutely gutted by this news. I mean, honestly, what fan of film doesn't love Stan Winston and his myriad contributions to film over the past few decades. A man who clearly loved movies and loved what he did, and who always seemed like a cool guy. And what horror/monster movie fan doesn't have a special place in their heart for the Winston directed Pumkinhead, a film so much better crafted than the weak junk sequels that came after it and tainted the Pumpkinhead name somewhat. But Winston's original? Great stuff. Really great stuff, with a real sense of atmosphere, something far too many directors in the genre these days either ignore or know nothing about whatsoever. <p> The man made us believe Dinosaurs were real, he gave us the Terminator, and refined the Alien and then one upped it with the Alien Queen. From his work on the first two Predators, to his contribution to The Thing, to his work on films like Dead & Buried, Interview With A Vampire, Batman Returns, Edward Scissorhands, A.I., Galaxy Quest, and many more, we really have lost one of the all time greats of movie magic here. <p> A big part of my love of film comes directly from the sheer wonder I got from seeing Stan Winston's work on certain films for the first time, and on the impact that had on me as a genre film lover. I've been a fan of Winston since seeing his memorable work on the old Gargoyles tv movie in the 70's, a flick that got regular tv airplay when I was a youngster. Sure, they may look a bit cheesy now, but back in the day the effects in this tv movie were amazing. He was my generation's Harryhausen, and knowing he's gone, and we won't see his talent and imagination on film again kills me.<p> Just...damn. Rest in peace Stan, and thanks for all the magic.

  • June 17, 2008, 5:26 a.m. CST

    Very sad news

    by Bono Luthor

    I remember seeing Jurassic Park at midnight on my twentieth birthday with some really good friends. It was one of the best experiences, movie or otherwise, of my life. That was before we were so easily spoiled before walking in to a movie. I spent all the next day reading the making of book that my mum and dad had bought me for my birthday, all about Winston and Spielberg and the adventures they had in bringing the movie to life. Those days shine crystal clear in my mind. Happy memories. So, thank you Stan. My thoughts go to your family at this deeply sad time for them.

  • June 17, 2008, 5:53 a.m. CST

    I'm still mournign for Tim Russert...

    by depalma25

    but Jesus, Stan Winston...I'm beside myself...anyone who has listened to any interview Winston has done, you see the enthusiasm and love for film in his voice. "Aliens" was his favorite film and he has talked about this again and again. Rest in Peace..

  • June 17, 2008, 6:02 a.m. CST

    The BBC finally got something up - about time

    by kwisatzhaderach Ignore the spaces in this link.

  • June 17, 2008, 6:17 a.m. CST

    Thank you Stan, rest in peace...

    by The Grug

    The magic you brought to so many of the films I grew up with is something I'll never forget. Cheers.

  • June 17, 2008, 6:21 a.m. CST

    Made the unbelievable believable..

    by Crawing

    RIP, Stan

  • June 17, 2008, 6:21 a.m. CST

    Made the unbelievable believable..

    by Crawing

    RIP, Stan

  • June 17, 2008, 6:24 a.m. CST

    Thank you Stan

    by reni

    I've grown up watching your incredible work. We're gonna miss you more than you know. Thank you.

  • June 17, 2008, 6:31 a.m. CST

    Movie Magic


    This guy alongside Tom Savini, Rob Botin and Rick Baker are Magicians!<P>I wasn't into sports or clever at school but I could draw and make stuff and as a kid These practical FX gurus were my Rockstars! Stan Winston created the Predator, The Terminator, Queen Alien and Living (literally) breathing, real as you could get dinosaurs!<P>These guys actually handcrafted the stuff but injected so much more than just a photorealism! whenever I watch a movie coated completley in CG It pops me out of it and makes me angry that it's so obvious! I do apreciate the hard graft that goes into Digital FX but my preferance will always be for a good practical effect done well and my frustration is all your fault Stan because you were so damned good at your job! Thank you most sincearly for the Magic!

  • June 17, 2008, 6:31 a.m. CST

    Reading those thoughts from his friends made me cry

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    This is some tragic news. I had no idea till I just clicked on this site. Thankyou Harry and Co. for giving this man the respect he deserves as the true giant of makeup and animatronics over the last 30 years. I just cannot fathom how much he will be missed.

  • June 17, 2008, 6:34 a.m. CST

    This is so fucking sad...

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    What a tragic loss. :-(

  • June 17, 2008, 7:15 a.m. CST

    One of the greats, I think

    by Franklin T Marmoset

    For a lot of people, especially guys of my age, Stan Winston's name is one you remember over and above a lot of the other people involved in making the films he worked on. His creature designs and creations graced many of the films I loved growing up in the video age. This is very, very sad news.<p>Best wishes to his family. RIP, Mr Winston.

  • June 17, 2008, 7:15 a.m. CST

    This fucking sucks...

    by ATARI

    He passed too soon.<br>

  • June 17, 2008, 7:23 a.m. CST

    Sci Fi tribute?

    by stardogg

    I think the Sci Fi channel should do a special tribute show for Stan with clips and interviews from his peers. Good idea or asking too much?

  • June 17, 2008, 7:24 a.m. CST

    Thanks for so much, Stan.

    by fireclown

    I don't know what else to say.

  • June 17, 2008, 7:29 a.m. CST

    I watched the making of Jurassic Park last night...

    by TheDoctor73

    ... in honor of the man. He's a genius and a visionary. Practical Special Effects will never be the same. He will be missed.

  • June 17, 2008, 7:30 a.m. CST

    Thanks Stan

    by Kentucky Colonel

    Please don't invade my nightmares. Anymore. Well, maybe a little. Just don't haunt me. I'm sure you'd be really good at it, though.

  • June 17, 2008, 7:35 a.m. CST

    Thank You, Stan

    by Wrath4771

    Thank you for making magic real. Because of you, no one can ever convince me that dinosaurs aren't real. Peace and strength to his family and friends.

  • June 17, 2008, 7:55 a.m. CST

    A great artist - well done AICN

    by filmcoyote

    This is easily the best article i have ever seen posted in my 11 years reading this site. Harry, Quint you are so right that the celebrity-obsessed mainstream media would not understand the importance of Stan Winston and his impact and not show the due respect. You can be sure had Lindsay Lohan overdosed today Stan probably wouldn't get a mention on the news (and in the UK sadly he probably won't anyway). Stan was one of the most important effects artists working and either created or had a hand in some of the most influential films of my late childhood and early teens in the 80s and 90s. He was a legend. This salute you guys are doing is not only deserved but vital and i for one salute you in return for making it a reality. Well done.

  • June 17, 2008, 8:03 a.m. CST

    lost talent

    by Moshi

    Stan Winston Studios surely must have created more long lasting movie creatures than anyone else. most of those creations are still household names many years later. Terminator, aliens mind blowing. With Predator, Stan turned around a troubled B movie & made it a classic. For me though it's the Jurassic Park dinosaurs. That film was a quantum leap in visual design & artistry, & a subject close to my heart. I still vividly remember seeing those dinosaurs for the first time, in a magazine pictorial, after a long impatiient wait. I knew they'd be good, but I had no idea they'd be quite that good. The trex & raptor designs seem to have influenced all subsequent interpretations of those animals. I'm really shocked to hear Stan's gone. A genuine loss to cinema. I hope the studio continues to pioneer & amaze without him. I'm sure it will.

  • June 17, 2008, 8:15 a.m. CST

    Stan's Gallery

    by Moshi

    hey, apersonofnointerest, My heartbeat sped up when you said you'd got high res pictures of Stan's Gallery. But I can't link to the site you posted. Fustration! is it still avaliable?

  • June 17, 2008, 8:26 a.m. CST


    by Autodidact

    Stan's was the first name I came to recognize as a "filmmaker" outside of the actors in a movie. This is because I spent most of my youth watching Terminator, Aliens, and Predator until the VHS tapes wore out. Eventually I noticed the "Special creature effects by Stan Winston" credit in all three films and realized that if he's involved, there's a good chance the movie will kick ass. Godspeed sir.

  • June 17, 2008, 8:31 a.m. CST

    Fangoria Convention Last Year

    by Scott Pierce

    My friend went to see Stan Winston on Saturday of last years Fangoria convention in Seacacus, NJ. When he heard the news he was stunned and looked up at his case with the Fangoria he had signed when he met the legend Stan Winston. He was in shock to say the least. He called me and said did you hear, which is always a bad sign. There's always a moment where you think that can't be. I couldn't make it to last years con- should have quit that job then and gone. You never know when your heroes won't be around anymore. A friend of mine worked on Pumpkinhead in the catering department and told me some cool stories about the film. I remember being in the Fangoria offices watching Pumpkinhead II and wishing it was like the first which is a great film and has an iconic monster. My friend told of what he remembered most vividly about Stan Winston. When Winston was on stage just how much energy he had and talking about the differences between working with Spielberg and Cameron and what it was like to work with them. A moment like that stays with you. Wish I could have been there. There's not many effects legends left. I still can't believe it.

  • June 17, 2008, 8:36 a.m. CST

    well done, AICN.

    by Gatsbys West Egg Omlet

    this is how he should be remembered. by the folks who worked with him, knew him, and loved him. not just a bunch of random fanboys who like his monsters.<p>thanks to all who have written in for this. it helps to humanize the guy, and it makes his death mean all the more.

  • June 17, 2008, 8:38 a.m. CST

    A legend

    by Purgatori

    It's a sad day in the land of the monsters and the people who love them. The creator of some of the best is gone. I am so glad I got to meet him in 2006. I'm glad I got the chance to thank him. You truly were a building block of my childhood Mr. Winston, and I will forever remember you for that and be grateful. Rest in peace sir.

  • June 17, 2008, 8:41 a.m. CST

    and the interesting part is

    by Gatsbys West Egg Omlet

    he will be missed by people who don't even know who he is. in a few years our little brothers and sisters and the next generation of geeks will say<p>"why don't we have any bad ass monsters any more? why was every iconic movie monster created from 1980 to 2008?"<p>and we will know the answer.

  • June 17, 2008, 8:41 a.m. CST

    we'll miss you, man.

    by Gatsbys West Egg Omlet

    tanks for everything.

  • June 17, 2008, 8:42 a.m. CST

    we'll miss you, man.

    by Gatsbys West Egg Omlet

    thanks for everything.

  • June 17, 2008, 8:43 a.m. CST

    Thank You

    by verge

    First to Stan Winston, who created the dinosaurs that captured my imagination unlike anything else as a child. Jurassic Park was the first movie that I think I really LOVED. It was everything to me in terms of passionate film-watching and I will always treasure it. Stan Winston created many wonderful things, but that's the stuff most important to me. And, to top it off, he sounds like he was just the nicest guy in the world. <br> Second, to AICN, this is great and it means a lot to me to read about him from his collaborators. This is very nice.

  • June 17, 2008, 8:45 a.m. CST

    Thank You

    by BeyondStatic

    A wonderful tribute in unfortunate circumstances. Thanks for knowing what's important to us. Stan, you will never be forgotten.

  • June 17, 2008, 8:47 a.m. CST

    RIP Mr. Winston

    by just pillow talk

    Nice touch hearing from people who knew/worked with the man.

  • June 17, 2008, 8:59 a.m. CST

    Sad day

    by Ortheas

    This just ruined my morning. Thank you Stan for providing all of us with icons of our lives. Your creativity and enthusiasm leaves the movie world much less magical.

  • June 17, 2008, 9:03 a.m. CST

    these are great

    by CherryValance

    I'm almost glad now that the mainstream media didn't pick up on this right away. We probably wouldn't have heard such heartfelt tributes if they had. We're all going to miss the work he would have done in the future and what it would have meant to us, but these people obviously lost someone very special to them. My condolences go out to all of them.</p> great job, Quint & Harry.

  • June 17, 2008, 9:11 a.m. CST

    I met him......

    by woggerman

    In 2001 at Toy Fair. He had just finished his creature feature line of action figures. He was also designing this Terminator Head Web cam that you could control remotely. We had dinner with him and he was one of the most fascinating people I have ever met. I could have listened to his stories as long as he could tell them. He will definitely be missed. RIP

  • June 17, 2008, 9:16 a.m. CST

    His Work Will Live On To Represent Him...

    by pr1c3y

    When kids these days realise CGI is truly bullshit this is the man they should look up.

  • June 17, 2008, 9:29 a.m. CST

    This is...

    by Bruce Leroy

    a beautiful thing you AICN guys are doing. Since the mainstream media are failing to report this. Stan Winston's passing is a huge loss and i will miss his work on the big screen. It's good to hear from his peers that he was a beautiful human being too. Rest in Peace Mr. Winston. You deserve it.

  • June 17, 2008, 9:43 a.m. CST

    Stan "The Man" Winston

    by TheJake

    I make a sincere plea to all future filmmakers and SFX artists - never forget Stan's legacy of work! If it is possible to shoot it practically, then please, do so! Don't rely on CG!

  • June 17, 2008, 10 a.m. CST

    Highest respect. Who will miss him more, Hollywood or us?

    by JDanielP

    That's a good question, isn't it? As a fan of fantasy and sci-fi, this is the most saddening news I've ever heard coming from Hollywood.

  • June 17, 2008, 10:07 a.m. CST


    by manicart1

    I'm still kind of processing all's staggering how many brilliant films would be lesser pieces of art without Stan's contribution. Clearly he was the David Lean of visual effects and his loss to the creative industry as a whole is incalculable. To me I think this is as big a deal as losing Steven Spielberg or Stan lee, so I would just like to add my voice to the many hundreds here in offering condolences to Stan's family. He will be sorely missed.

  • June 17, 2008, 10:11 a.m. CST

    We miss you Stan

    by Proman1984

    Thanks for your incredible work during so many years.

  • June 17, 2008, 10:26 a.m. CST

    My highest respects to Stan and his family...

    by WerewolfOfLondon

    Stan is one of the reasons I am a movie fan today... when his name was on the credits, you knew there would be some class-A work... and, yes, his Pumpkinhead scared the bejesus out of me when I was a kid... but the awe I felt when those dinosaurs appeared in Jurassic Park is something I have only felt once since - ironically, that one time since was Iron Man... Stan, your contributions to film will be missed...

  • June 17, 2008, 10:44 a.m. CST

    Great Tribute to a Legend

    by Dr.Lizardo

    This is truly one of the best and classiest things I've seen AICN do. I have been lurking here for a long time and never posted in a TB, but wanted to say thanks to Harry and the gang for doing this. And to say how much Stan Winston will be missed by the Film and Geek communities.

  • June 17, 2008, 10:48 a.m. CST

    May he rest in peace

    by SpencerTrilby

    Glad to hear about him from such great, talented people as Jim Cameron, Darabont, Baker or Dante. Terrible loss for any genre movies fan. <p> Any word yet from Steve Wang? He and Stan Winston had a tumultuous work relationship, but I'm sure Wang could share terrific-yet-respectful anecdotes about working with him.

  • June 17, 2008, 10:59 a.m. CST

    RIP Stan

    by jadeanala

    I read this at 2 am right before I had to drive several hours to NY. I've never posted before but I had to today. This sucks! I can't remember an industry person's passing making me cry but I find I keep biting back tears over this. He was brilliant and one of my idols and he will be greatly missed. Thank you AICN for doing this. My prayers go out to his family and friends.

  • June 17, 2008, 11:06 a.m. CST

    Goodbye Stan

    by cowsaysmoo

    Pumpkinhead scared the hell out of me, The Terminator kicked my ass, and Jurassic Park brought the dinosaurs to incredible life. Movie magic has died a little today.

  • June 17, 2008, 11:08 a.m. CST

    Re: great stan winston quote on CGI

    by KelseysNuts

    Minomer... thank you. The best example of how practical FX and CGI can work together - and not look like crap - is the T-rex attack sequence in Jurassic Park. When the T-rex first breaks out of the paddock and steps into the picture and roars, that was brilliant. But, when animatronic T-rex took over, it was equally brilliant. Winston was absolutely correct - the magic is in using the tools correctly. He definitely created magic.

  • June 17, 2008, 11:10 a.m. CST

    I'm sure I'm not the first to say this...

    by Klytus_I.m_Bored

    But Winston's passing really could signal the end of an era, at least with big-budget films. I mean, doing things in-camera not only looks better, but really helps to keep the directors in line. Imagine if Spielberg had wanted to do the fridge thing in an Indy film 20 years ago? It would have been impracticable, which would have saved him from making that mistake. Of course, this doesn't mean that this kind of limitation means NO mistakes, of course (read: Ewoks), but it does mean filmmakers have to be pushed to make things photorealistic and prune down their ideas to just the minimums needed to tell a story. That is often a good thing. Winston's continuing innovation and genius for practical effects helped to mediate that tension between director's vision and what was able to be realized pre-CGI. Now that directors continue to insist (incorrectly) that CGI can solve ALL problems, in-camera effects guys like Winston will, sadly, have a harder time plying their craft. And that's what it is - craft. Pear-shaped computer fuckers like that douchebag Lucas used on the prequels (can't remember that fuck's name) seem to think that computers can "solve" the effects problems of earlier eras. Those sad sacks seem to be oblivious to the fact that those limitations WEREN'T PROBLEMS.

  • June 17, 2008, 11:13 a.m. CST

    These are what AICN threads should be

    by I Dunno

    I don't mean about a dead legend but I mean all the trolls and squabblers and assholes coming together to agree on something. A master of one of the things we all love has passed and it's a sad day.

  • June 17, 2008, 11:14 a.m. CST

    Not everything is tragic about death

    by Pazuzu2k

    When my time comes if I feel that I've accomplished in my own life 1% of what Mr. Winston has I will die a happy man. Well done sir! See you on the other side...

  • June 17, 2008, 11:21 a.m. CST

    Terminator Tidbit

    by Klytus_I.m_Bored

    I remember on one of the "making of" docs on one of the Terminator DVDs, Winston talks about how he put together the final shot of the Terminator in the crusher at the end of the first film. You know, the close up of the head being smashed and they red eye light going out? They did it with a really thin Terminator skull and Winston sat there and turned the dimmer dial down on the red light in the eye. He also puffed a little smoke out of a cigarette into the frame for the smoky effect of the machine "dying." He seemed so thrilled to tell that story - it was so low-tech and you can tell he really got off on that. The effects totally work, which makes it all the sweeter. I really love seeing a master getting a kick out of his own work like that.

  • June 17, 2008, 11:39 a.m. CST

    I once met a guy...

    by Mosquito March

    ...who had worked for Stan Winston back in the '80s, who had a full-size foam rubber casting of the monster from PUMPKINHEAD. It looked like it came right out of the film, and may in fact have been one of the originals. He'd dress it up in a hat and coat, put it in the passenger seat of his car, and drive it around town to see peoples' reactions. Stan Winston's creations generated fun even outside of the multiplex, without him even knowing. What an amazing world he inhabited.

  • June 17, 2008, 11:46 a.m. CST

    Still just can't believe it...

    by r_number6

    Thanks, Harry and everyone, for the very touching tributes. It would be nice to also have some words from Spielberg and Arnold, who were both fortunate enough to have seen firsthand some of Stan Winston's best work. <p> I feel a lot like I did when Jim Henson died. Henson created so many creatures & critters that were a big part of my childhood; Winston created so many of the incredible creatures that I loved in my high-school & college days (and well beyond). He was a true master, and he and his worked evolved over the years so that he was never left behind by advances in CGI technology as so many other practical effects artists were (and sadly, his passing will probably mean more FX ground lost to CGI - it may be more advanced, but that don't mean it's better). As was the case with Jim Henson Studios, Stan Winston Studios will obviously live on, but it will certainly not be the same without the master to guide it. Goodbye, Stan. We'll miss you and we'll miss the inspired work you did.

  • June 17, 2008, 11:48 a.m. CST

    goodnight monster man

    by Datascream

    you had a huge impact on my life since childhood. you will be missed :(

  • June 17, 2008, 11:57 a.m. CST

    In a world of ever increasing dependancy on CGI

    by sweeneydave

    the craft of conventional effects is fading away. And we just lost a master craftsman. Rest in peace Stan.

  • June 17, 2008, 12:16 p.m. CST

    too young to die

    by foree forehead

    r.i.p. stan w.

  • June 17, 2008, 12:20 p.m. CST

    I saw him at an Aliens screening @ the Arclight

    by Kiki Bridges

    along with Gale Anne Hurd and Lance Henrikson, but Stan Winston was the Ringmaster. He had the same enthusiasm about the work he did back then and the upcoming projects on his plate. I thought to myself, this guy is one of us, he's not a suit. I want to work with him so much. Mr. Winston, you will be missed.

  • June 17, 2008, 12:21 p.m. CST

    a legend in his own lifetime...

    by mansep

    his work will continue to inspire and amaze... one of the all-time greats. We'll miss him.

  • June 17, 2008, 12:22 p.m. CST

    there'd better be a fucking oscar tribute

    by BendersShinyAss

    I don't mean a mix in with all that was lost this year... i mean an ode to the man who made our eyes widen and our jaws drop!

  • June 17, 2008, 12:55 p.m. CST

    a first class guy

    by Hoy

    i had the opportunity to sit next to mr. winston at the apollo 13 premiere, and then ran into him at a mall a year or two later. i was a fan just like everyone else, and he was one of the most humble, gracious guys you could ever meet. given his work, he could've chosen to be snooty about it, but he wasn't. he enjoyed what he did and was, above all else, a kind man. rest in peace, mr. winston. we'll miss you.

  • June 17, 2008, 1:01 p.m. CST

    Bad news. A talented man!

    by moviemaniac-7

    And he will be missed, but his work will live in dvd collections around the world. RIP

  • June 17, 2008, 1:05 p.m. CST

    Just a thought

    by manicart1

    Maybe we could start some kind of an oline petition for Stan to be given a full tribute at the oscars next year?

  • June 17, 2008, 1:29 p.m. CST

    Stan Winston and Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

    by SkeletonParty

    My two biggest heroes are gone. Is God even making people like these anymore? I doubt it.

  • June 17, 2008, 1:32 p.m. CST

    Amazing Tributes for the Man

    by stuatfunnyordie

    Any chance of getting a word from Lance Henrikson? Arnold? Michael Biehn? I watched the Aliens documentaries...and when Stan talked, you could totally get the love of film that he had, that glee, almost like a kid, that he got from making imposible, magical things live and breathe. To all of his students...time to pick up and carry the mantle of your master. Carry on. And make him proud...

  • June 17, 2008, 1:38 p.m. CST


    by apersonofinterest

    I just checked the link and it works fine. and the password is "mainstreet".

  • June 17, 2008, 1:48 p.m. CST

    He will be missed...

    by Wes_Reviews_

    This man truly created movie magic. You can't say that of every filmmaker. Long live his legend and his creations. You will be missed, Stan.

  • June 17, 2008, 1:57 p.m. CST

    He brought dreams...

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    ...and nightmares to the silver screen. Stan was responsible for so much about what we love and look forward to in the movies. So many iconic many many thrills and creations of wonder. His passing is a tragic loss to the world of cinema. Thankfully, we'll always have his work to remind us of his talent and magic. He will be greatly missed.<P>R.I.P.

  • June 17, 2008, 1:59 p.m. CST

    Great job AICN.

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    A noble effort on the site's part to draw attention to this. The tributes and condolences are fantastic.

  • June 17, 2008, 2:30 p.m. CST

    Something these tributes require

    by ArcadianDS

    someone in BLACK please post a 'viewing list' of his best 4 works? It would be nice if you did that for any given obit thread, actually.

  • June 17, 2008, 2:45 p.m. CST

    Great men die young...

    by ccchhhrrriiisssm

    ...even if they're old. <p>While the world mourns the likes of great men from politics, those who are on the inside of the movie biz recognize the tremendous loss of Stan. He contributed to so many iconic images from film -- that we can safely say that he had an impact on each of us. From the Jurassic aliens -- Stan brought his visions and the visions of writers/directors/producers into the mind of people wanting to be entertained. </p> As a result, Stan Winston still lives. He will live every time we plug in a DVD or BluRay. He will live in images that have been embeddened on the pages of books, in film and in the mind. His shadow will continue to be cast upon Hollywood long after he is gone. He is one of those few men who have impacted others enough to the point of imitation. He is missed...but never forgotten.

  • June 17, 2008, 2:50 p.m. CST

    Thanks Stan

    by welshguy

    For some of the greatest rides iv ever experienced in a movie theatre,you will be missed RIP

  • June 17, 2008, 2:52 p.m. CST

    Dekker piece did it for me.

    by Gilkuliehe

    RIP mister Winston.

  • June 17, 2008, 2:53 p.m. CST

    As I stated before a Legend has Passed

    by Roborob

    May I offer my respects to Stan, his friends, Family and Fans.

  • June 17, 2008, 3 p.m. CST

    We're gonna miss you, man.

    by Wee Willie

    Thanks for scaring the bejeesus out of me with your magnificent work since I was a little kid. I'll never forget seeing Aliens in the theater for the fifth time, when I was past the point of being enthralled by the plot and was just sitting there trying to figure out in every remarkable shot with the aliens, the face-huggers, and the alien queen just how the heck did they do that??? Mr. Winston's work never felt like animatronic monsters, they always felt, looked, and moved like living things. Like characters. He's one of the wizards that captured my imagination and got me into the film business. My heart goes out to his family, because from the sounds of it, he wasn't just an amazing creative person, he sounds like he was one heck of a guy.

  • June 17, 2008, 3:05 p.m. CST

    Galaxy Quest!!!

    by Wee Willie

    Man, I forgot Galaxy Quest!!! The alien bad guy... not for one second do you think "Aw, that's just a guy in a suit." Man, this sucks.

  • June 17, 2008, 3:13 p.m. CST

    These are great tribute letters! Thank You!

    by Zombieflicker

    Hey, did you know Amy Whinehouse is still in the hospital?? What a bunch of horse shit! I've never appreciated this website more than I do now Harry. The media just doesn't get it like the rest of us geeks.

  • June 17, 2008, 3:21 p.m. CST

    You'll be missed Stan...

    by Mind Vault-1 were a "star" to me as much as Spielberg, Lucas, Cameron, Zemekis, Scott, Carpenter - anyone you care to mention. The man that gave the Predator his flesh and The Terminator his steel is gone...but not forgotten. Your legacy will live forever Mr. Winston. Stan, The Predator's "real Dad" now parties with his "son" Mr. Kevin Peter Hall. Shake them pillars of heaven gentlemen. Often "imitated" - never bettered. Stan Winston. R.I.P

  • June 17, 2008, 3:26 p.m. CST

    where is the media coverage?

    by GavinVanDraven

    come on 20/20, dateline.... the general public needs to know who this guy is! they need to know just what was lost! this years oscars are going to be a tribute to winston, with his family receiving on his behalf a lifetime achievement award and ledger will win best supporting actor posthumously. you all know you want it. god damn i fucking LOVE you STAN!

  • June 17, 2008, 3:33 p.m. CST

    There is a space now where you used to stand...

    by Mecha-Mugatu

    I remember watching any horror or sci-fi film just for the special affects. Guys like Rick Baker, Rob Bottin and Stan Winston all had there own style. In that scene where the Predator removes his mask... I was in awe. The facial features were so good. To me - that was a standout Stan Winston moment (with many more to come) It got so that as you would watch a movie, you would carefully watch the opening credits and if you didn't already know, you would see "Creature Effects by Stan Winston Studios" and you would smile and say to yourself, "Oh! well then this isn't going to suck!" Thank you Stan. You made our cinema lives better with your passion. We will miss you.

  • June 17, 2008, 3:39 p.m. CST

    by ChadimusPrime

    It is a sad day for the film industry. A legend and a hero in mylife is gone. God Bless you Stan

  • June 17, 2008, 3:42 p.m. CST

    As I look around my shelves today...

    by Sledge Hammer see replica pieces of the Predator, Alien Warrior, Alien Queen, Pumpkinhead, and various Terminators, all of which are very much cinematic icons, I look at this wonderful creations with a shroud of sadness, that no more new Stan Winston creations will ever join their ranks. This truly is a loss that's going to stay with me for a long, long time. My best to his family and friends, people who truly knew him for who he was, and not just the remarkable work that he created, or the enthusiasm that he effortlessly added to any project he talked about. Sleep well Stan. You will be mourned and remembered fondly, and your spirit will live on forever with your many wonderful contributions that you left us with.

  • June 17, 2008, 3:49 p.m. CST

    just read that bit from his nephew

    by Gatsbys West Egg Omlet

    and now i'm all teary at work.

  • June 17, 2008, 3:50 p.m. CST

    Hell of a way to wake up this morning

    by disfigurehead

    This news made for a shitty day at work. Thank you Stan.....

  • June 17, 2008, 3:56 p.m. CST

    Very, very sad

    by AlienFanatic

    I can't believe that the first notice I'd seen of Stan's passing was on the Digital Bit's site. Why not CNN? This man was easily as important to Hollywood as any foolish actor or half-remembered Producer, yet he's back page news. It's a travesty. I have truly admired Stan Winston for the last 25 years, not only for the creatures he created but for the person he seemed to be. (I've read a great deal about him, and he's always been portrayed as passionate, giving, and incredibly humble about his art.) This is a major blow to those like me who admire the SFX guys a HELL of a lot more than 99% of the faces in front of the camera. Stan will be greatly missed by the army of geeks such as myself that truly loved what he was able to accomplish. There was such ingenuity in the man, and such impish glee, that it was infectious and carried through to the final film. It's so, so sad that he's gone. I read James Cameron's remarks and I would dearly love to hear from Steven Spielberg as well. These two men, perhaps more than any others, spent the most time with Stan outside of his own staff. (Frank Darabont's was also fantastic.) Please keep this page highlighted as long as you can justify it. In the SFX industry, Stan was as much of a giant as a Doug Trumbull, a Richard Edlund, a Rick Baker, or any other, and a long-lasting tribute is what he desrves.

  • June 17, 2008, 4:03 p.m. CST

    Stan Winston always made cool news

    by Mullah Omar

    I think it says something about Stan Winston that for a lot of his films, he and his outstanding special effects were as much of a draw than the directors or actors (if not even bigger). The guy is one of a handful that could make the claim, and sadly he is probably one of the last of his kind, what with CGI being the primary currency in special effects these days. <br> <br> Classy tribute from AICN.

  • June 17, 2008, 4:11 p.m. CST

    Fred Dekker

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Loved Fred's A.I. comment. Respect.

  • June 17, 2008, 4:21 p.m. CST

    sheer hard work

    by Mr Gorilla

    When I look at the making ofs for Winston's movies, I can hardly believe the sheer hard work that went into those creatures: figuring out the T Rex's skeleton, then its muscles, fat, and finally skin... It really is dizzying. But, you know, in 1993 Stan, along with Tippett and Spielberg, Williams and many others, made our jaws drop. When that T-Rex came over the fence in the rain, it was a stunning, landmark moment. And God Aliens scared me... Thank you Stan.

  • June 17, 2008, 4:21 p.m. CST

    These are beautiful tributes.

    by Psyclops

    I still can't believe we've lost one of the great ones. Stan's various creations have become some of my fondest memories of being at the movies. I'll never forget the first time I saw the Alien Queen rise up and perform on the big screen as if she were a living creature or that classic moment when the Predator removes his helmet and reveals himself to Schwarzenegger. I still get chills thinking about the first time the T-Rex shows up in JURASSIC PARK, roaring and tearing at the jeep while the two frightened children were inside, or how much I wanted to own my very own robot Teddy from the movie A.I. (a small but equally impressive creation from Stan that nearly stole the picture from Haley Joel Osment). This man was a genius and his work in the industry helped fuel the imaginations of many and proved that nearly anything was possible with practical effects. His work will live on forever.

  • June 17, 2008, 4:29 p.m. CST

    The sheer amount of apathy by the mainstream media...

    by Sledge Hammer

    ...over Stan's passing really makes me angry. The man's contribution to cinema is gigantic, helping to create some of the most memorable images that graced the silver screen over the past three decades or so. He didn't just create special effects, he created creatures that were real, believable characters, his work came alive in a way that few are capable of doing. And his logic of design and artist's focus paid off on screen in a way that most could only ever dream of. The man was a giant, his work will live on as long as cinema does, and the apathy of the mainstream media over his loss is nothing short of a crime.

  • June 17, 2008, 4:39 p.m. CST

    The lack of media attention is disgusting

    by BusDriverStu

    Especially considering the shit tabloid stories they are covering. I wrote an angry email to CNN, and I suggest others do the same. While we fans may know the name Stan Winston very well, there are casual moviegoers who do not, and now is the time for recognition.

  • June 17, 2008, 5 p.m. CST

    Thanks for the glorious beasts

    by TANK2501

    Just made an account on AICN so that I could just say 'Thank you' Mr winston. You have given me such great visions that have affected my outlook on cinema craft and the choices I have made in my career path. I raise a glass to you Mr Winston, Thank you for your glorious beasts. My thoughts go out to Mr Winston's family, friends, fans and studio.

  • June 17, 2008, 5:38 p.m. CST

    Thanks Stan.

    by Edward_nygma

    This tribute has bought a tear to my eye each time i've come back to it. I'm proper gutted about this.

  • June 17, 2008, 5:57 p.m. CST

    to gatsby...

    by Babba-Booey

    "why don't we have any bad ass monsters any more? why was every iconic movie monster created from 1980 to 2008?" They haven't , Gatsby. We have to preserve the future through teaching our kids. Its out job, as parents, to encourage our kids to exercise their imaginations, and look to the proper influences. If my boys want to get into the biz-make monsters and blow shit up, you think I'm just gonna show 'em a copy of Alias/Wavefront or whatever the fuck is being used in CGI today, and say "go at kids?" A steady diet of Winston, Harryhausen, Tippett, Walas, Bottin, KNB, Baker, and Savini will be required viewing. We're starting the boys out young doh and finger paints. They're a year old now, but if they want to do this kinda stuff, we'll get 'em into model building, go out to the desert and shoot off rockets, lots of science and math, anatomy. Too much PROJECT RUNWAY and THE HILLS has rotted the Gen Y brain worse than any George Romero film.

  • June 17, 2008, 6:48 p.m. CST

    Is this the start of the end for In Camera Special FX?

    by secrets of

    Throughout the last 25 years, I've seen the FX industry in horror movie making nearly dissappear in the United Kingdom. I always kept telling myself that while there were the greats like Stan winston making monster movies, there'll always be a chance to make a great movie here England. My chance to prove this happened a few months ago in Manchester creating severed heads and head explosions for an upcoming feature film called The Tournament which has worldwide theatrical distribution. This dream come true would not have happened if it were not for Stan, Rick, Dick, etc for their talented work and continuous excellence towards the work that is performed in front of the camera and not just with a computer 3d package. My grandchildren will be watching your films as I did watching ray harryhausens films, when I pass away.

  • June 17, 2008, 6:48 p.m. CST

    Will the mainstream give this genius his due?

    by BlutoBlutarsky

    Turn on E!, Access Hollywood, or Entertainment Tonight, and all you'll hear about is what useless celebrity slut is landing in rehab, who's banging who, etc. But will they have the brains and/or decency to pay homage to a man whose contributions to the last 25 years of movies is TRULY IMMEASURABLE? Not only a genius in his field, but a gentleman, and a true class act. One thing that sticks out in my mind is an interview they did with Stan for the DVD release of John Carpenter's The Thing. Stan talked about how he and his crew came on board to create one of the creatures in the movie. He downplayed his own involvement and said that as far as fx work was concerned "This is Rob Bottin's movie." I'm sure that his mentored many worthy protegee's to carry on his work at his studio, but it can never be truly the same without him. But the mainstream probably won't acknowledge him properly. They'll be too busy reporting on Britney Spears flashing he coochie again. Hopefully the Hollywood community will pay him proper tribute at next year's Oscars. As for me, I guess the best tribute I can pay him is to watch Pumpkinhead tonight. Certainly not the best movie he was involved in, but since it was the one he directed, it only seems right.

  • June 17, 2008, 6:54 p.m. CST

    Amazing talent

    by bollocks

    Jeez, you know, people like Stan Winston aren't meant to die. I know we all pop our clogs at some stage, but there are some names that you just can't envision not being there. It somehow doesn't make sense. Anyway, looking at all he created it's amazing at how memorable these creations are, and more amazing that they came from Stan and his team. It's also good to hear he wasn't a victim of his own success - he was a geek at heart and a geek at play. A true gent. The more I hear about Stan and how he was as a person, the more sad I feel about him no longer being here.

  • June 17, 2008, 6:56 p.m. CST

    Happy Trails Mr. Winston

    by riddleman1674

    I've had the honor of meeting "the Man, the visionary, the legned" on a few occasions. He was always such a friendly down to Earth guy. The FX world has lost a giant! Here's to ya....

  • June 17, 2008, 7:38 p.m. CST

    Mr. Winston, you will be missed greatly

    by pj_campbell

    I still remember the first time I watched Jurassic Park. It came out and I was like 4, and the dinosaurs looked so real, it was incredible! They were so real they were almost terrifying and my dad had to assure me that they were robots, nothing else. Then when I saw Terminator not long after that, I was blown away by the design of the Terminator and how real it was. I thought for sure they were real to, but my dad once again told me it was just a robot, not real. But the way Stan made things, you would never know that! They were always so real, and amazingly so! Hollywood won't be the same without you Stan. I hope your in a better place, because its pretty dismal without you here.

  • June 17, 2008, 7:54 p.m. CST

    I met Stan and what a nice man..


    I met Stan during Comic Con while he was promoting "The Time Machine." Even though the movie sucked, Stan has so much enthusiasm about the film. He spoke to fans like they were buddies, joking and bringing everyone into the fun. Seriously...Stan was such a unassuming nice guy, and genius in the world of Hollywood. He will be missed, and hopefully, his company will be able to keep the legacy of his genius going.

  • June 17, 2008, 7:58 p.m. CST

    by misnomer

    ot a little but I always thought it was a shame Fox didnt use SWS for AvP. I remember Stan saying he would have loved to do it.

  • June 17, 2008, 8:22 p.m. CST

    This is incredible guys...

    by thechadrocks

    This kind of hit me hard today, waking to the news that he was gone. I've wanted to be a filmmaker since the age of three. Stan Winston was a big part of that, in that some of my most beloved movies from my childhood were all movies he had a hand in. I knew the name of Stan Winston since i was about 5 years old and always thought that he was some kind of wizard. But it's absolutely disgusting that i log online today and find that the news sites that normally pop up on my home page are talking about how to save extra money but cutting some corners at home, or that a "teen star shows some cleavage", with not even a whisper of his passing on the sites. I'm going to be passing this page around to everyone I know in hopes that they do the same. Thank you Harry, Quint, and everyone else for giving a proper send off to Stan for us fans. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

  • June 17, 2008, 9:07 p.m. CST

    Just wanted to say

    by toshiro-solo

    That this is one of the best articles I've ever seen on this site since becoming a near daily visitor in early 2002. It's a testament to how huge Stan was in this industry, and to how decent a man it sound like he was. Thanks for keeping on with the additions guys; this has been great.

  • June 17, 2008, 9:17 p.m. CST

    Going through and hearing about his movies

    by Series7

    I now know why some of them probably got made. AKA Teenage Cavemen, directed by Larry Clark. I bet a lot of people decided to do a movie just because they found out Stan was involved.

  • June 17, 2008, 9:29 p.m. CST

    I hope you're having a damn good adventure!

    by tenfingersofdoom

    we will all miss you stan.

  • June 17, 2008, 10:07 p.m. CST

    this is alot like the gerber tributes

    by bacci40

    both were amazing people that touched so many...and my heart goes out to his family

  • June 17, 2008, 10:16 p.m. CST


    by pepino

    for all the wonderful creations,father of lots of icons in cinema history,you are going to be missed .vaya con dios.

  • June 17, 2008, 10:20 p.m. CST when i first met him too

    by bacci40

    and i believe that was the first time that hollywood really started taking over the con...

  • June 17, 2008, 10:23 p.m. CST

    Thanks, AICN Crew

    by Vic_Arpeggio

    For hosting all these tributes. It brings a little light in to the dark of the sadness of Stan's passing.

  • June 17, 2008, 10:27 p.m. CST

    Rest in Peace Stan Winston

    by successor

    He may be gone, but his work will live on.

  • June 18, 2008, 12:20 a.m. CST

    any word yet on a tribute show?

    by GavinVanDraven

    can we get a petition together? submit it to the networks?

  • June 18, 2008, 12:44 a.m. CST



    I love it! Every production that wants to soley use digital effects needs to take a look at that Stan Winston quote. RIP sir.

  • June 18, 2008, 12:52 a.m. CST

    Moving tribute to Stan

    by whytee

    Thanks Quint, Harry and Moriarty for putting together this beautiful tribute. Stan was one in a million, an awe-inspiring creator and a gentle soul. It IS hard to imagine a world without him.

  • June 18, 2008, 1:15 a.m. CST

    Rest in peace, Stan.

    by tiredpm

  • June 18, 2008, 1:24 a.m. CST

    And my sincere condolences to his family...

    by tiredpm

    ...friends and co-workers. The loss to them is infinitely more profound than it is to those of us who only knew him through the personality of his craft. And yet I feel the need to share a moment of my life that was affected by Stan Winston.<P>In the late 80s, when I was in my early teens, my much elder cousin was staying with us in England while he was working on a local job. He brought with him two movies. The first was Top Gun -- loved it. The second was Terminator. That movie scared the living shit out of me. An eye being gouged out? That frigging machine coming out of the wreckage? And then the catharsis of the damned thing being crushed: "You're terminated, motherfucker!" I had no idea who made that movie. No idea of the people involved in bringing that story to life. But I'll tell you, I jumped time and time again when that Terminator THAT STAN MADE shifted the burning debris and made it's inexorable and inevitable journey towards Sarah Connor.<p>Thanks, Stan. Thanks for so many memories. God keep you.

  • June 18, 2008, 1:48 a.m. CST

    FX master Stan Winston will be missed

    by Aaron Sims

    He will be remembered always, and continue to be an inspiration to filmmakers and artists alike. Stan was a visionary entrepreneur as well as an amazing businessman. He understood the direction special effects was taking before almost anyone, and responded to it by developing several successful offshoots. He also gave me a start in the digital world by having faith in my abilities to rethink my approach to character design from paper and pen to 3d and Photoshop – now standards in the trade. I shall always be grateful to him for that. He was a friend and a mentor.

  • June 18, 2008, 2:54 a.m. CST

    "Life is such an adventure, I figure death will be too"


    I din't think I'd be chiming in on this TB. I'm a genre fan just like everyone else here, but I'm more inclined to the writing and directing side of filmmaking. So many genre fans (or geeks, I guess,) have such a love for the makeup and FX side of the industry; I'm just kind of a dilettante in that realm. <p> Still, I know that Stan Winston was an invaluable artist in his field and I've always loved the work he's done and the movies that he lent his talents to. And in reading all these wonderful tributes to him, I'm getting the picture of a man unlike 99% of people in the industry - a genuinely decent person, humble and caring, yet amazingly talented. And that quote about death being an adventure just kind of knocked the wind out of me. It's the kind of thing I hope I'll be repeating when my time looks near. <p> Rest in Peace, Mr. Winston. I will certainly miss your work.

  • June 18, 2008, 4:20 a.m. CST

    This is the death of an inspiration for me...

    by tomthumbstallywhacker

    I have been working in the UK prosthetic/ creature effects industry for 15 years and as a child of the 80's was inspired by Stan's achievements in the movies he collaborated on, from Terminator to Aliens & Pumpkinhead etc, they all helped to shape me and made me realise the direction I wanted my life to take. I have been lucky enough to meet a lot of my idols, but I never met Stan and it makes me sad to know that now I never will. Even though I'm based in the UK we all still talk about and keep up with what's happening in the effects industry as a whole and I still can't get my head around the idea that Stan Winston, a constant presence in the FX scene won't be there any more. But I know his crew will carry on his work for him, that they will do his memory proud and my thoughts go out to them as they work on the new Terminator film still reeling from this terrible news. Rest in peace Stan, and thank you for your inspiration, you helped change the course of my life.

  • June 18, 2008, 5:36 a.m. CST

    More coverage from the mainstream UK media

    by AdmiralNeck

    Guardian<p> <p> Independent<p> <p> Times<p><p> Telegraph<p><p> I blogged about Stan Winston yesterday, and while writing it I realised how important he had been to me when I was young, and I'd just taken that for granted. Shame I only just realised how much his work meant to me. RIP, Stan, and my condolences to everyone who knew him, worked with him, and loved him.

  • June 18, 2008, 5:38 a.m. CST

    And thank you AICN

    by AdmiralNeck

    for organising this tribute, and a huge thank you to everyone who has contributed.

  • June 18, 2008, 5:56 a.m. CST

    Terrified & Inspired me. RIP Stan.

    by Flash-T

    Nothing more to say really. I'm genuinely gutted about Mr Winstons death. Now that he's gone I'm not so sure my faith in blockbusters is quite as strong.

  • June 18, 2008, 6:25 a.m. CST

    Empire Magazine Tribute

    by welshguy

    With some of Stan's greatest moments

  • June 18, 2008, 6:37 a.m. CST

    what can be said....

    by ZaphodBeeblerox

    For a few days now I've been trying to figure what to say about Stan's passing since he was not someone I'd ever met personally, but whose work I enjoyed immensely. What I ultimately came up with is often times, what moved me to want to see a movie would be seeing Stan Winston's name in the credits. It's not often that someone who's not a director yet works behind the scenes can have that much impact on the final product of a film. Reading these tributes from those that knew Stan personally it seems as if all of the plaudits he earned throughout his career were nothing compared to the person that he was. It's very easy to respect someone's talents, but often times the person behind those talents may not be worthy of the same respect. It seems as if Stan was worthy of it on both counts. Sincere condolences to his family and friends on his passing.

  • June 18, 2008, 6:56 a.m. CST

    Thank you Stan

    by Andrew David

    ...for all the great memories. Your work will always be required viewing. Great tributes from the pro's there. And an especially touching farewell from Alec Gillis. Stan's legend will live on.

  • June 18, 2008, 7 a.m. CST


    by foree forehead

    railing against the shortcomings of the modern televisual news media is like railing against the russians for secrecy man!

  • June 18, 2008, 7:26 a.m. CST

    WOW, Alec

    by AlienFanatic

    I just wanted to comment that Alec Gillis's eulogy was fantastic. What a wonderful, wonderful, warm picture of Stan's contribution an personality. I feel as though I've learned a small measure of what a phenomenal human being Stan was like through Alec. Thank you so much.

  • June 18, 2008, 7:50 a.m. CST

    Rest in peace Stan

    by stevemac70

    Stan Winston was a genius who amazed and scared me with his creature designs. He created probably the most memorable creatures in Film history. May you rest in peace Stan.

  • June 18, 2008, 9:21 a.m. CST

    RIP Stan

    by Charlie Meadows

    Master of his craft, gone but never forgotten. He will be missed.

  • June 18, 2008, 9:36 a.m. CST

    Alec Gillis' tribute...

    by SimpleSandwiches

    ...made me tear-up. RIP Stan...your creations haunted me in my nightmares and I love you for it.

  • June 18, 2008, 9:52 a.m. CST

    Doubt we'll her from the bearded one

    by Brody77

    I just don't see Spielberg commenting via this site, which is a shame, as the mainstream just doesn't give a toss. I notice the bbc page about Stan lasted a mere day (unless it's back up now?) Absolutely criminal. Personally I don't think a tribute show would do him justice - and knowing network tv they'd only want "names" to talk about him rather than people who knew him well. I find I come back to this several times a day to check for updates - it's good to see such an outpouring of love for a change.

  • June 18, 2008, 11:07 a.m. CST

    mainstream media...

    by Wee Willie

    You know what? Who cares if the mainstream isn't givin' Mr. Winston his due. Stan was "our" guy, and by that I mean he was a movie fan's hero. One of the behind-the-scenes wizards that makes movies real. If the mainstream media is too busy chasing Britney, so be it. The genius of Winston's best work was that you didn't sit there in the theatre saying "Oh yeah, that's just a rubber robot." Instead, you hid behind your popcorn bag, or cowered in your Dad's lap and thought "That giant T-Rex is gonna eat me!!!" I showed Jurassic Park to my kids 7,4, and 4 in tribute and they've been bugging me since to go where the dinosaurs are... I loved the tribute that mentioned what a great boss he was. That kind of thing actually counts for something in the movie business.

  • June 18, 2008, 11:14 a.m. CST

    Missing him...

    by wraith777

    all the more as the days go and read all the touching tributes about what a great family man and boss ma he was. I watched some behind the scenes of Predator last night and one of the documentaries ends with Stan looking at the camera and saying "You're one ugly Mother Fucker" :) Rest in Peace you great guy.

  • June 18, 2008, 12:31 p.m. CST

    One of the people that made me love movies

    by Neosamurai85

    Aliens was deeply ingrained in my childhood mythology, the games I played with friends and the toys I collected. Giger and Winston were gods to me at an age that would trouble more than one adult. Terminator 1 and 2 were those movies I snuck downstairs late at night to watch again and again no matter how hard my parents tried to stop me until at last I'd seen them through. Winston made dinosaurs come to life. Like most kids of the 80s, I worshiped dinosaurs, and like most kids, I knew what was fake. He made Dinosaurs. Period. He was one of the first people to make me believe cinema had no bounds. Anything was and is possible. I met him three times when he visited the Virginia Film Festival. The man was a genuine delight. I was a little kid and I was utterly terrified to meet him, but he refused to let me cower before him, a god in my eyes. He burst into this whole comic routine about how big a deal it was to meet me, until finally I got it. He was just a lucky son of a bitch, grateful for way his life turned out... at least in his eyes. I'd still argue that he was more than that, and his work stands as a testament to how talented he was. He had no ego worth mentioning, though. He smiled like a kid when I asked him to talk about Pumpkinhead. There are very few people living today that I can say shaped my childhood imagination and my love of film. Stan was one of them, and I miss him a lot, but am so grateful I got to tell him thanks in person. Thanks again Mr. Winston, for everything.

  • June 18, 2008, 12:49 p.m. CST

    "Nah. Life is such an adventure, I figure death will be too."

    by stuatfunnyordie

    Words to live by...holy shit, I can't believe I'm crying at work. God bless you Stan.

  • June 18, 2008, 1:57 p.m. CST


    by Proman1984

    He's commments are everywhere on Google. You can add them too.

  • June 18, 2008, 2:05 p.m. CST

    Thank you Stan and we will miss you!

    by Violator90

    Wow! What a blow for Hollywood but especially for us fans. There isn't anything that I can say that hasn't been said over and over by others. But that's what makes Stan the Wizard that he is. I can't remember one single thing that was bad about Stan. That right there is a rarity in Hollywood. And Stan was a rare breed inded. I can't bring myself to refer to him in the past tense coz, in a way that is admitting that he's gone. Yes, I know he's phsyically gone but Hell! He will always be here. From scaring the shit out of me in Aliens to making me feel like a kid again in Jurassic Park. Stan will always, ALWAYS live on. Thanks Stan for everything. We will miss you so much.

  • June 18, 2008, 2:11 p.m. CST

    From the Hollywood Reporter...

    by Sledge Hammer

    Stan Winston, the Oscar-winning special effects, creature and makeup artist whose innovative creations include the full-scale animatronic dinosaurs in "Jurassic Park" and the futuristic Terminators, has died. He was 62.<p> Winston died Sunday at his home in Malibu after a seven-year battle with myeloma, a Stan Winston Studio spokeswoman said. <p> During a film and TV career that spanned four decades, Winston collaborated with such filmmakers as Steven Spielberg and James Cameron and worked on some of his generation's most memorable films. <p> He won four Oscars, for the visual effects in "Jurassic Park," "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" and "Aliens" and for makeup on "T2." He also earned Oscar noms for his work on "AI: Artificial Intelligence," "The Lost World: Jurassic Park," "Batman Returns," "Edward Scissorhands," "Predator" and "Heartbeeps." He was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2001. <p> In the early years of his career, during which he worked primarily in television, Winston garnered five Emmy noms, winning for "Gargoyles" and "The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman." <p> Praise for Winston poured in Monday from his showbiz friends and colleagues. <p> "Stan was a fearless and courageous artist/inventor," Spielberg said. "And for many projects, I rode his cutting edge from teddy bears to aliens to dinosaurs. My world would not have been the same without Stan. What I will miss most is his easy laugh every time he said to me, 'Nothing is impossible.' " <p> Producer Kathleen Kennedy told The Hollywood Reporter: "He has a tremendous impact in the world of special effects and makeup and bringing things to life that, for the most part, only existed in people's imaginations. We had an extraordinary working relations with Stan going back over 20 years. He was one of those wonderful personalities to have on the set because Stan was always laughing, always making jokes, and ultimately he delivered what you often thought was impossible." <p> Said Calif. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger: "The entertainment industry has lost a genius, and I lost one of my best friends with the death Sunday night of Stan Winston. What will live forever in my heart is the way that Stan loved everyone and treated each of his friends like they were family." <p> Dennis Murren, ILM's senior visual effects supervisor, said, "Stan took risks and said 'yes' when other creature people would say no, and that meant that you could make a movie like 'Jurassic Park.' That's what I think he will be remembered for and should be -- taking a chance because he wanted the movies to be as good as they could possibly be." <p> Murren added: "His work paralleled the growth of the industry, the growth of the tentpole movie." <p> Stan Winston Studio recently created the physical suit in "Iron Man." <p> "He was a giant," the film's director Jon Favreau said. "He was experienced and helped guide me while never losing his childlike enthusiasm. He was the king of integrating practical effects with CGI, never losing his relevance in an ever-changing industry. <p> "We were looking forward to future collaborations," he added. "I knew that he was struggling, but I had no idea that he would be gone so soon. Hollywood has lost a shining star." <p> Said David Gersh, Winston's longtime rep: "He was a kind person, a generous person, had a great sense of humor. There must be 25 characters that he created that are landmark, standout characters that have completely influenced the movie landscape over the last 20 years." <p> Winston was born April 7, 1946, in Arlington, Va. As a child, he enjoyed drawing, puppetry and classic horror films. He continued to pursue his interest in art and performance as a student at the University of Virginia, where he graduated from its fine arts and drama programs in 1968. <p> He headed West after graduation with dreams of becoming an actor but found his true calling as a makeup artist and creator of characters -- a career that enabled him to merge his sensibilities as an artist and performer. After completing a three-year makeup apprenticeship program at Walt Disney Studios in 1972, he established Stan Winston Studio. The studio eventually contributed characters and effects to more than 75 feature films, several music videos and countless commercials. <p> In 1988, Winston directed his first feature, "Pumpkinhead." He also produced a series of horror films for HBO as well as a number of genre films, and he created a line of high-end toys based on some of his studio's iconic characters. <p> He was one of the founders of VFX house Digital Domain, with partners Cameron and Scott Ross. "Hollywood will miss Stan Winston, a larger-than-life creative powerhouse and a wonderful father, husband and grandpa," Ross said. <p> At the time of his death, Winston was in the process of morphing his physical makeup and effects studio into the Winston Effects Group with the team of senior effects supervisors heading the new company. Managing the new company as partners and owners are veteran effects supervisors John Rosengrant, Shane Mahan, Alan Scott and Lindsay Macgowan. <p> The studio's upcoming projects include "Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins," "G.I. Joe," "Shutter Island" and "Avatar." ∂ <p> Winston is survived by his wife Karen; son Matt and daughter Debbie; and a brother, Ronnie Winston; and four grandchildren. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Institute for Myeloma & Bone Cancer Research, Free Arts for Abused Children and UNICEF.

  • June 18, 2008, 2:32 p.m. CST

    At least I got to meet him once...

    by Bones

    The 2001 San Diego Comic Con is the seminal moment in my life, it seems.<p> As an aspiring illustrator/concept designer who had spent about a year getting his freelance career off the ground by doing Star Wars Spaceship illustrations for the Star Wars role-playing game and the Star Wars Gamer magazine, the first trip to ComicCon was kind of like a trip to Mecca. It was (and still is) the cultural hub for all geekdom.<p> I had one of those trips that people just are not supposed to have. I made new friends who changed my life, met cultural heroes who inspired my world and actually got a job out of the trip, and ended up moving from Ohio to California because of it. And there, amid the rabid fans and new movies being promoted was Stan Winston, hidden Predator-like among the throng of people staring at the Time Machine display for the Guy Pierce film.<p> Either no one noticed him, or they were too stunned to go up to talk to him. I was too dumb not to, so I went up to the man I had seen in so many Cinefex magazines and making-of specials, put out my hand and just thanked him for his work. He was a little surprised, but genuinely warm and personable. He asked my name and asked what I do, and we talked for about five minutes about how fantastic REAL light hitting REAL objects are in film. And the advantage to thinking in three dimensions, even if you are drawing. It was just a small thing, a little conversation--one of many I am sure that he has had with many fans throughout his amazing career . I wish I had brought a camera with me that trip--or had not been so tentative to show him my sketches--but I didn't...and then the moment was over.<p> He was gone, off to the next panel, or meeting or next fan. I told myself many times that I would have to talk to him again someday. And now that is an impossibility. <p> We are losing our inspirational parents, one by one.<p> And it totally sucks--because that means that our generation will have to do all the heavy lifting. Which we can do, but the safety net of their experience and wisdom are fading. But with Stan now gone, the list of people I wanted to have great conversations with (but can't) grows longer.<p> Goodbye Mr. Winston. Thanks for all the amazing dreams and nightmares. You will be missed.<p> Jeff Carlisle<p>

  • June 18, 2008, 3:08 p.m. CST

    hey harry....keep this thread up at the top

    by bacci40

    for at least a is disrespectful to stan to have bs entertainment stuff above this memorial....christ, have some class

  • June 18, 2008, 3:12 p.m. CST

    nothing from savini?

    by bacci40

    thought for sure they would be talking to him...savini,baker,winston...along with harryhausen, the makers of my dreams and nightmares

  • June 18, 2008, 7:11 p.m. CST

    R.I.P. Mr. Winston


    You went before your time. may your dedication to your work and those around you live long into the next generation of artists and artisans.

  • June 18, 2008, 8:03 p.m. CST

    In agreement, keep this at the top for a week - I'm in shock..!

    by workshed

    I just got back from a tour to find this out. Man... so many fantastic memories of his genius. My fave is, of course, The Monster Squad but nearly everythin he touched was a slice of fried gold. Movies are a poorer place without his name on the quad. So glad everyone feels the same way and in ten years of reading and posting on AICN i can honestly say i have never seen a more heartfely outpouring of grief and love for anyone in the business. Truly shocking. R.I.P. Mr.Winston.

  • June 18, 2008, 8:04 p.m. CST

    Great and touching tributes

    by Fixthe Fernback

    I live in England and have been a fan of Stans since way back in the 80's. I followed his work in Fangoria and Gorezone, as well as in his movies, which was a bit difficult as I was a teenager and they where often 18s (thank god for VHS). One of my best memories was sneaking into a cinema at 14 in order to see Aliens by pretending to be disabled. I went with my paralysed uncle who had a spare wheel chair and it worked a treat. Thanks Stan for memories and the movies. You will be missed.

  • June 19, 2008, 2:34 a.m. CST

    He was my hero.

    by bioforge

    I never got to meet him. Good bye Stan.

  • June 19, 2008, 5:29 a.m. CST

    Get his thread back on top Harry

    by kwisatzhaderach

    It's more important than Wanted.

  • June 19, 2008, 11:51 a.m. CST

    Please put this back on top.

    by stuatfunnyordie


  • June 19, 2008, 12:40 p.m. CST

    I agree, back on top please.

    by Neosamurai85

    Stan Winston is one of OURS. His work is at the heart of what AICN is about. This is a special loss and should not simply be buried as other headlines roll in. Please, put this back at the top. Peace.

  • June 19, 2008, 3:08 p.m. CST

    Agreed, this should not be allowed to get bumped down the list..

    by Sledge Hammer

    ...until after the funeral, at the very least. The difference beteen a tribute and a news item is that a tribute is meant to stand as a lasting reminder, so lets have that for the legendary Stan Winston, at least for a little while, eh?

  • June 19, 2008, 4:04 p.m. CST

    Put it back on top Harry - Stan deserves it

    by SpencerTrilby

    and kudos to Alec Gillis - among the others - for his letter.

  • June 20, 2008, 12:16 a.m. CST

    Damn. Damn. Damn.

    by Brians Life

    And that was not a tribute to Florida from WHAT'S HAPPENIN?<br><br>Stan Winston...God DAMN! I've known that name since I was 8 years old. I've know the feelings he's been capable of producing in me since I was 8 years old. Wow! Stan Winston, you've done well, sir. I thank you.

  • June 20, 2008, 12:59 a.m. CST

    Thanks TBers - Stan deserved it

    by Convert

    Talkers – I have been blessed to have worked for Stan for many years and I just have to tell you THANK YOU…from the bottom of my heart, for such kind, complementary and respectful words. They’ve brought me and others close to the man such comfort in these last few days. I gotta tell ‘ya…I’ve been reading your comments for years…often scathing and hysterical…flippin’ hilarious, too! But, here…now…heartfelt and tender…a glorious tribute to a brilliant, kind and exceptional man who had an everlasting effect on us all. There’s not much I can say about him that hasn’t already been said more eloquently by others, so I’ll just leave you with my profound gratitude for honoring a most deserved man. Cheers!

  • June 20, 2008, 1:07 a.m. CST

    And furthermore...

    by Convert

    Thanks to Harry and Quint for making this all possible in the first place!

  • June 20, 2008, 1:19 a.m. CST

    thank you harry

    by bacci40

    for leaving this tb at the top...i know that many think of the entertainment field as being a vast wasteland...but stan was an artist...and artists need to be remembered

  • June 20, 2008, 1:41 a.m. CST

    Jurassic Park without physical effects

    by fisheater

    Would have sucked. My god its scary as fuck when that T REX shoves his head in the car. The movie blends CGI, which wasn't that great at the time and looks a little dodge, with his work so fukn well. In this case i think PGing the original books gore elements didn't hurt it at all. I had to watch it again, and i would say that alone is why he should be remembered as possibly greater (to my generation) than even Harryhausen. I want to watch all his work again, lol, well Aliens and T2 asides. Must have seen those 2 50 times already.

  • June 20, 2008, 2:20 a.m. CST

    The best AICN article since...

    by MaxTheSilent

    ...that Stallone Q&A from ROCKY BALBOA.

  • June 20, 2008, 3:24 a.m. CST

    if i had to name a list of ten biggest influences on my life.

    by GavinVanDraven

    stan winston would be in that short list. i always wanted to be an effects artist. but i didnt have as much talent as passion, and i gave it up. but if it werent for the love of stan's work, i never would have even tried. i saw T2, Aliens, predator, and finally Jurassic Park... and i was hooked. i asked my dad who was the guy who did all that? "stan winston" he said. we both loved that guys work. we would watch a movie JUST BECAUSE stan did the effects. even if the movie was going to blow, we knew we would get an eyefull of genius. i lost my dad 3 years ago. i miss watching movies with him. that was the first person i wanted to tell. he aint fucking there anymore either though. fuck.

  • June 20, 2008, 5:01 a.m. CST

    Thanks Harry and Co.

    by Neosamurai85

    Much appreciated.

  • June 20, 2008, 7:19 a.m. CST

    The coolest parts

    by Abominable Snowcone

    of some of the coolest movies I've seen were provided by this Man. Hat off to you, Mr. Winston, from the Warciples. Forever King of Latex monstrosities. Irreplaceable you are.

  • June 20, 2008, 7:30 a.m. CST

    Still Crying

    by Sebilrazen

    Every time I think about his passing I get a little misty eyed.<br><br>He's one of the good ones.

  • June 20, 2008, 8:02 a.m. CST

    Thanks Stan, You'll be sadly missed.

    by secrets of

    Stan was a very inspirational person, his contribution to film history is phenominal. My thoughts go out to his family and studio staff. A BIG thankyou for inspiring my life and career. Julei Anderson Secrets Of p.s. Thanks AICN for keeping this tribute to the top of the news column.

  • June 20, 2008, 8:03 a.m. CST

    These are all great

    by Virtual Satyr

    I never saw any bit of news of his death on the news channels. Probably because he had no controversy. Reading these tributes, you can see that the man was a genuine good guy. It's a sad state of affairs that Drunken & Drugged Celebs get more news time than a man who has accomplished more in the film business than all of those 2-bit celebs put together. I went through my stack of Time Magazines and found one that had Stan on it. Great article about him and his work.

  • June 20, 2008, 9:12 a.m. CST

    Golden Ticket

    by Series7

    Reading this memories makes me feel that Stan was the real life Willy Wonka.

  • June 20, 2008, 9:32 a.m. CST

    to paraphrase Harry

    by ArcadianDS

    If shit got Stan Winston on it, shit would not wipe Stan Winston off.

  • June 20, 2008, 12:44 p.m. CST

    Sad Loss

    by Con Shonnery

    He created so many memorable movie moments and has obviously won a place in the hearts of many. I hope his family and friends get some consolation from the tributes being paid here.

  • June 20, 2008, 1:55 p.m. CST

    Loved His Work

    by BilboRing

    A true pioneer like the late great Jim Henson. RIP Stan Winston. And Pumpkin Head ruled!

  • June 20, 2008, 2:27 p.m. CST

    Kingdom of the Crystal Skullfuck...

    by stuatfunnyordie

    Don't forget that while Stan is stringing ectplasmic alien goo all over the pearly gates, he's also giggling to himself and reveling in his mad genius. "Oh man, God's gonna love this!" Yup...that's what he'd be thinking. And thanks Harry for listening to us geeks and putting this back on's the little things...

  • June 20, 2008, 3:34 p.m. CST

    Maybe it's better this way

    by AlienFanatic

    At first, and like many others I've seen posting here, I considered the lack of mainstream attention to Stan Winston's passing as an affront. A tragedy. But then I have to wonder what kind of a country we've become if the greatest eulogy we hope to receive comes from a talking head on TV? The forums in places like this, where colleagues and those that REALLY knew him, are where a tribute to someone like Stan seems to belong. His life is being discussed, and appreciated, by those that loved what he did, or who were touched by him personally. What difference does it make whether or not some tabloid rag or a glitzy EW-style TV show honors a man like him? It's far, far more impressive to see the incredible things his "family" have to say about him, and I feel it's far more fitting. (I wish, with all my heart, I'd gotten to meet him, more so after reading days worth of these tributes. The world may have lost an incredible artisan, but even more it lost one hell of a human being.)

  • June 20, 2008, 4:42 p.m. CST

    I loved this man...

    by MR. MURDOCH

    Can Effects Artists be "auteurs"? I think so. That photo is gold.

  • June 20, 2008, 4:52 p.m. CST


    by JamesT

    Thanks Harry. Stan will surely be missed.

  • June 20, 2008, 4:57 p.m. CST

    RIP Stan...

    by Brundlefly

    Sad news indeed. Mr Winston & his crew were responsible for some of the greatest creature effects work in modern cinema, work that truly inspired me, prompting me train as a Make Up Artist. A colossal loss to the world of cinema - God Bless you sir.

  • June 20, 2008, 8:07 p.m. CST

    A Perfect Tribute

    by tiberius__76

    To everyone who has contributed, I just want to say thank you. This outpouring of heartfelt sentiments is truly incredible and a testament to Stan’s genius and humanity. I had the honor of working for Stan for just over seven years…. Actually, “honor” is too small a word. It was a blessing. I had been working for an all-too typical Hollywood ego maniac who relished in threatening everyone under him with a daily “why don’t you just go clean out your desk” routine. It was then that I got a call from a friend who told me that a colleague of his worked for Stan and needed an extra hand. The position would be a bit of a step down in status and pay, but I had known who Stan was since I was a little kid. My love of filmmaking sprang from an early interest in special effects and for a long time that’s all I wanted to do. I didn’t have to consider the offer; I knew this was a once in a lifetime opportunity, especially considering I wasn’t an effects artist. I made plans to tell my old boss that I’d be leaving at the end of the next work day, but sure enough he gave me the old “why don’t you go clean out your desk” spiel. I just smiled, walked out of his office and did just that. Stan gave me so many opportunities I can’t even begin to count them. I started out matching invoices in accounting and ultimately finished my tenure as an associate producer on one of his films. In between I got to don monster suits, help make mummies for Indy and meet just about every one of my childhood idols. And that sums up Stan: he made your dreams come true – on the big screen and in real life. Hollywood is quick to pigeonhole people, but Stan believed that if he had someone who was anxious for the opportunity – even if they weren’t “proven” – there was no reason to look outside. Stan often said that he didn’t really do all that much; that he just surrounded himself with brilliant people. But every artist in that shop knows that is only half true. Yes, he did have a nose for talent, but he was there everyday. And even on those days when he didn’t get his hands dirty he was there to offer guidance, work out solutions and push each and every person to their full potential. He was always humble. He was the best at what he did but was always open to other people’s ideas and could be persuaded to see things differently. That is one of the rarest traits in the entertainment industry and why he was the maestro of his art. Stan taught me the realities of the industry and comforted me when I was going through a tough break up. He nurtured my creativity and helped me grow as a person. And yes, he did a mean Jerry Lewis. God bless you, Stan. I will forever cherish those years and the wisdom you so selflessly imparted.

  • June 20, 2008, 9:22 p.m. CST

    This tribute makes me cry every time I come back.

    by SkeletonParty

    God damn. I need to step it up on my life.

  • June 21, 2008, 6:17 p.m. CST

    This tribute gets more beautiful each time I come back

    by jadeanala

    My mother, who had no idea who Stan was, wanted to read this when I told her about how amazing and heartfelt the tributes are. Thank you again for doing this AICN.

  • June 21, 2008, 7:03 p.m. CST

    It's been almost a week now and I'm still depressed...

    by Sledge Hammer

    ...but I'm glad at least to see the tribute still going, and know that there's no danger of any of the people here ever forgetting what a gift Stan Winston was to the cinematic world, and I'm heartened by the knowledge that those who worked with him over the years will do their best to continue his legacy of cinematic wonder and excellence. Those that knew Stan Winston's name will never forget it, which I guess in a way is the ultimate, living, breathing tribute. Godspeed Stan.

  • June 21, 2008, 8:42 p.m. CST


    by Darth Thoth

    Wow. Stan Winston is gone. ... But he will forever live in our hearts and imaginations. God gave him a gift to touch peoples' lives and therefore he is eternal. My prayers go out to his family and friends. Thank you Mr. Winston for all that you have done for me in my life- the countless hours of joy and fun you put in my heart. God bless you and thanks. And lastly, thank you AICN for doing this tribute and to all those who submitted thoughts about this great man and shared a little on how he affected their lives as well. RIP Stan Winston and may God bless your soul. Thank you.

  • June 21, 2008, 11:11 p.m. CST


    by BurgerTime

    Came from the imagination of Stan Winston. Who will bring the magic now that the master magician is gone?

  • June 22, 2008, 9:23 a.m. CST

    The Winston Effect...

    by melchiah

    Some already said that Stan Winston is responsible for some of there most profound and warmest movie memories. I only can repeat it. He was a wizard but what I liked most about his monsters is that they all were so damn cool. If there is one consolation than maybe the fact that his designs and creativeness will live on through the people who worked with him and continue to continue his legacy, some of them still proudly carrying the title "Stan Winston Studio". He will truly be missed all over the world. And so a big thanks for the guys at AICN for creating this page, too. This is a chance for all friends and fans of one great man to be heard.

  • June 22, 2008, 11:29 a.m. CST

    We need one from John McTiernan

    by Seth Brundle

    i saw on the Predator making of that Stan Winston pretty much saved the movie since the original predator sucked so hard that the suits could have pulled the plug on the production, then Stan came with his design

  • June 22, 2008, 3:01 p.m. CST

    This continuing tribute is great

    by JMotts

    I never post on talkbacks but I just have to say how great it has been reading all of these tributes and stories about Stan Winston. It is amazing to read such poignant stories, and some from people who only worked for him briefly years ago. The man certainly made a tremendous impression on the lives of the people who knew him, and he certainly will always hold a place in my heart for his amazing work. Great job to AICN for continuing to post these tributes!

  • June 22, 2008, 10:57 p.m. CST

    Cameron read some of your notes at the service

    by the_jujy

    From an article on the net about the memorial service: "Frequent collaborator Cameron told those gathered he spoke with Winston the day before he died. Cameron said Winston expressed something that he never had before: Winston told his colleague and friend that he loved him. Cameron also let “the fans speak for Stan” by reading several messages posted after Winston’s death by users of the movie news and gossip Web site Ain’t It Cool News. “He inspired a generation of fans,” Cameron said. “I think that just maybe the words of a bunch of people who didn’t even know him personally may be his best tribute.”" God Bless Stan. The Washington Post did a terrible piece on his importance today and it made me thankful for this thread.

  • June 23, 2008, 7:32 a.m. CST

    I never met the guy

    by jae683

    I've never been to his studio, unfortunately, nor have I met any of his employees (aside from what was posted here). But his work is etched into my childhood. From aliens to dinosaurs, and everything in between. I still don't think enough people realize what an impact he had on film. Simply put, when I was a kid monsters were everything, and he made the best monsters.

  • June 23, 2008, 8:35 a.m. CST

    It's weird...

    by SoWasRed2012

    I never realised it until now, but Stan Winston is one of the biggest reasons I decided I wanted to work in films when I was a kid - I'd obviously already seen so much of his work by this point, but the scene that stands out for me, the one where I really remember thinking 'holy shit, that's what I wanna do with my life' is when Arnie stands in front of Joe Morton and peels the skin off his arm and says "now listen to me very carefully". In that one moment I knew I'd be obsessed with films forever.

  • June 23, 2008, 9:03 a.m. CST

    Sad, sad, sad..

    by sid1920

    I've never met Mr. Winston, but his work is truly epic and formed my youth and passion for movies. Thank you!

  • June 23, 2008, 12:32 p.m. CST

    Yet again

    by kwisatzhaderach

    James Cameron proves himself to be the man. It sounds like a fitting farewell to a legend of the cinema, and how cool that we here at AICN were all represented. Way to go Jim.

  • June 23, 2008, 12:55 p.m. CST


    by buffywrestling

    This tribute is an absolute experience, especially for something that started off so sad for me. I went on in the other thread about how I grew up on Fangoria and I finally got to live out a dream on Oct. of last year to work on a studio horror picture. I was only on the set a week putting MUFX on extras but it could have been picking up paper towels for all I cared. To watch the work, to touch the is something I will never forget. And dreams like those started with Stan Winston. <p> Everytime I come back there is just more and more outpouring of generosities. I can't explain how it feels to me read some your heros talk about your hero in tribute. Overwhelming seems to small a word. <p> Thank so much for sharing.

  • June 23, 2008, 1:17 p.m. CST

    Just Posted on Yahoo News....

    by stuatfunnyordie

    LOS ANGELES - Friends, relatives and show-business colleagues gathered Sunday to remember Oscar-winning special-effects maestro Stan Winston, the man responsible for bringing the dinosaurs of "Jurassic Park" and other iconic movie creatures to life. ADVERTISEMENT Winston died at his home in Malibu surrounded by family June 15 after a seven-year struggle with multiple myeloma. He was 62. Winston's son Matt recounted his father's last day as being filled with laughter, hugs, kisses, tears and music from the Beatles. At the end of the private memorial service at the Hillside Memorial Park and Mortuary, Matt played the last song Winston heard before he died: the Beatles' "Golden Slumbers." Colleagues including "Iron Man" director Jon Favreau, Sigourney Weaver, Tom Arnold, Ernie Hudson and Robert Patrick joined Winston's family and friends to reminisce and listen to personal stories from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rabbi Judith Halevy, brother Ronny Winston, uncle Mitchell Karlan, son-in-law Erich Litoff, and directors James Cameron and Steven Spielberg. "What Stan did is that he took our dreams — he took all of our dreams — and he blended them with his own dreams," Spielberg told mourners in attendance. "He then workshopped those dreams with pencil, clay and later years on the computer. He would basically give life to all of our ideas. He would make them come to life." In a career spanning four decades, Winston created some of the most memorable visual effects in cinematic history. He helped bring the dinosaurs from "Jurassic Park," the extraterrestrials from "Aliens," the robots from "Terminator" and even "Edward Scissorhands" to the big screen. He was a pioneer in merging real-world effects with computer-generated imagery. Winston won visual effects Oscars for 1986's "Aliens," 1991's "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" and 1993's "Jurassic Park." He also won a makeup Oscar for "Terminator 2." He was nominated for his work on "Heartbeeps," "Predator," "Edward Scissorhands," "Batman Returns," "The Lost World: Jurassic Park" and "A.I." Frequent collaborator Cameron told those gathered he spoke with Winston the day before he died. Cameron said Winston expressed something that he never had before: Winston told his colleague and friend that he loved him. Cameron also let "the fans speak for Stan" by reading several messages posted after Winston's death by users of the movie news and gossip Web site Ain't It Cool News. "He inspired a generation of fans," Cameron said. "I think that just maybe the words of a bunch of people who didn't even know him personally may be his best tribute." Winston's survivors include his wife, Karen; and his son, daughter, brother and four grandchildren.

  • June 23, 2008, 5:19 p.m. CST

    Full Page Tributes in The Hollywood Reporter dated 6/19

    by stuatfunnyordie

    From Warner Bros.: "We mourn the passing of Stan Winston-A kind and generous artist-A treasured friend and colleague" <P> From Universal:"We mourn the passing of a Cherished Colleague" <P> From James Cameron: "My Dear Friend, Your imagination filled the world with creatures and characters that will live forever.I will miss you. Jim" <P> From The Stan Winston Studio: "Thank you for your courage, leadership, and generosity and thank you for taking all of us along with you on the adventure of a lifetime..." with love from your family at the Stan Winston Studio <P> From Sir Anthony Hopkins: "We will miss you Stan! You were a great man and a great artist. With love and respect, Anthony Hopkins <P> From the Make Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild: "You Made Us So Proud." All were full page ads with great pics of Stan for most of them...the one from his studio gave me chills, great effective pic...

  • June 23, 2008, 10:06 p.m. CST

    i will never say anything negative about cameron again

    by bacci40

    cuz he gets it...

  • June 23, 2008, 10:06 p.m. CST

    i will never say anything negative about cameron again

    by bacci40

    cuz he gets it...

  • June 24, 2008, 1:01 a.m. CST

    Harry, Quint, all at AICN...

    by tiredpm

    I'd like to propose a permanent top of the page banner for the Stan Winston tribute. Separate section, above the ads, wherever. I think when a titan in the history of motion pictures passes away (and especially when that titan was of our time, shaped our memories and birthed many of our passions) they deserve a permanent tribute.<p>There will be trolls who will post. Delete them. Manage it as you see fit. But I think something should be permanent. Just as the Alien Queen, the Predator, the Terminator and living and breathing dinosaurs (seriously, what the FUCK?!? I witnessed 600 people in a cinema in Liverpool be terrified by something that died 65 million years ago and THAT'S ALL STAN) are a part of our memories, present and future, Stan should have a memorial that celebrates his achievements, both past and future.<p>My two cents, I hope it is considered. If not, thanks for giving us the chance to post all this in the first place.

  • June 24, 2008, 1:20 p.m. CST

    Long Term Tribute

    by Con Shonnery

    I like the idea of a longer lasting tribute to Stan. What I'd suggest is, as he was obviously a great supporter of new talent, some sort of scholarship or award to encourage new talent in the effects industry.

  • June 24, 2008, 2:29 p.m. CST

    I wish someone had recorded the eulogies...

    by Bones

    I mean, they showed Tim Russert's on TV, why not Stan Winston? It would be amazing to hear all these entertainment giants actually speak on Mr. Winston's behalf.<p> Maybe on YouTube...

  • June 26, 2008, 1:35 p.m. CST


    by jaymzzz

    I was reading the wonderful tributes on this site for several days. Now I decided to write about my own experience regarding stan's creations. It was in 1987, I was 4 years old back then, this being one of my earliest memories. Although I can only recall a few fragments this experience had the most everlasting impact on my life. It made me love monsters and sci-fi as well as drawing and modeling things myself. Well anyway here's the story: It was a late summer afternoon, I was awakened from my midday sleep by some faint noise coming from the tv in the living room. I got up and sneaked to the living room to take a look at the tv through a crack of the door only to see a man in armor stuffing a gun into the mouth of an eyeless creature, shouting “Eat this!” and pulling the trigger. That was my first scene I saw from ALIENS. I managed to watch the movie unnoticed to the scene where the Alien Queen tears Bishop apart. Thats when my dad and his buddy realized I was watching. Since it was too late to send me off they let me watch the final minutes with them. Of course I didn’t really get the whole story back then nor was I able to apreciate Jim Cameron’s brilliance as a director. But those damn creatures did scare the hell out of me resulting in some nightmaras afterwards;-) Almost 21 years have passed, I am almost as old as my old man was back then. I didn’t become a crazy maniac, instead I became an Alien/Monster/Sci-Fi geek and a great admirer of Stan Winston’s art. So thank you Mr. Winston for scaring me shitless when I was four years old...

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