I was in complete shock today when I heard the news of Special effects guru Stan Winston’s death. Passing away at 62 years old this Father’s Day, Stan suffered from Multiple myeloma, an incurable cancer that attacks the immune system. Stan had suffered with the disease for seven years, but that didn’t stop him from keeping busy. Stan as a matter of fact, had at least five films in the works before his death including films such as; Terminator 4, Jurassic Park IV and James Cameron’s anticipated Avatar. With at least a few films out every couple of years since 1980, Stan showed us that no matter how CGI obsessed we get in Hollywood, there will always be room for a practical effects wizard.
As one of the greatest pioneers in special effects of the 80s, 90s, and 00s, Stan wowed us with his phenomenal work on such pictures as; Jurassic Park, Predator, Aliens, Terminator, Edward Scissorhands, A.I., and most recently Iron Man. With 4 oscars and a legacy of expertise in makeup effects, animotronics and puppetry, Stan Winston (along with maybe Rick Baker) was probably the greatest living practical effects artist of our era.
He’ll certainly be missed here at Cat Fancy may i suggest Pumpkinhead marathon? Just kidding, aside from that film (Which had a good monster) Stan’s always found ways to impress us and hopefully impress and inspire future generations as well.