Tuesday, June 17, 2008

RIP Stan Winston, bringing Terminators and Aliens to the Great Beyond

Sadly, special effects designer Stan Winston has passed into the great beyond. He was responsible for designing most of the most memorable robots, creatures and aliens from the 80's onward.

Here's a short list:
The Terminator trilogy
Predator
Aliens
The Thing
Batman Returns
Edward Scissorhands
Interview with the Vampire
Big Fish
Galaxy Quest
Monster Squad
Heartbeeps...
and finally, Iron Man.

His effects were the best- Terminator 2 being a prime example. Did you know when Arnold is getting shot to hell by the cops as he walks out of the elevator, that it's a model? Crazy, I thought it was squibs or something. And Iron Man was such a perfect mix of CG and models that we'll be pausing it on our HDTVs for hours trying to tell what's which.

RIP, Mr. Winston. You scared the shit out of me and thrilled the hell out of me. Your talent will be missed.





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