Monday, June 16, 2008

Stan Winston

The father of the dinosaurs in JURASSIC PARK, of THE TERMINATOR, PREDATOR, and, of course, ALIENS, has died. He was the creature design and build expert behind dozens of films. His creature close ups made many movies seem real to both movie goers and to actors - providing awesome close-up scenes.

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6 comments:

dontfearthetuba said...

Stan may have built the aliens, but H.R. Giger was their father. They were his design.

fixyourthinking said...

Giger designed them ... Winston built them.

Just as I believe Cameron designed the Terminator.

He was the creature design and build expert behind dozens of films.

His creature close ups made many movies seem real to both movie goers and to actors - providing awesome close-up scenes.

I've put some emphasis for you in my post.

Anonymous said...

H.R. Geiger may have drawn the aliens and their environment, but real-life build and design is quite another thing. Geiger certainly deserves his due for the conception but Stan literally brought pencil and paper to terrifying and believable life.

He repeated that feat in enough movies to almost make you think, "Stan Winston did the creature design? Does anyone ELSE ever do it???"

dontfearthetuba said...

Buzmania you are preaching to the choir. Seeing as I hold a BFA in sculpture and I am pursuing my MFA as I type, I know all about the differences between design and build.

Is Dale Chihuly's work any less his because he doesn't physically blow the glass? Giger is just as accomplished as a builder as he is a "designer". He was hired to design the aliens and he did. Winston was hired to build them, but that doesn't mean Winston has the ability to create the same successful design.

I know plenty of incredibly talented sculptors that don't have an artistic bone in their body. They could capture your likeness perfectly, but there is nothing artistic about it. They are pure technicians.

Is Steve Jobs or Ive any less important to Apple because they didn't actually build the ipod/imac/macbook?

dontfearthetuba said...

Need to add a couple of points to my second comment.

I work in the exhibit industry (museum and tradeshow) and I know some of the most gifted craftsmen in the industry. They can build the hell out of exhibits, but most of them couldn't conceive of the exhibit if their life depended on it.

Same goes for the construction industry. Without the drawings/designs from an architect, there is no building. Does anybody remember who built F.L. Wright's houses? Mies van der Rohe's office buildings? Gaudi's Sagrada Familia?

I'm most certainly not trying to belittle the career or accomplishments of Mr. Winston. Tough to do to someone that is far more successful than myself. What I am trying to do, is express that just because you can build something, it doesn't mean you have the vision to create it.

fixyourthinking said...

I think you may be wrong in this regard but I do understand you Tuba ...

Winston DID design most of his creatures or aided substantially in the realism.