Monday, June 16, 2008

Stan Winston, RIP

Another huge loss for the world of film. Special effects and makeup wizard Stan Winston, a multiple Academy Award winner for his revolutionary creations, has lost his battle with cancer. Winston first shot to fame as designer of the title character in James Cameron's The Terminator (and its sequels), and went on to design such seminal cinema icons as the monsters in Aliens, Predator, and Jurassic Park, not to mention many, many more.

It's doubtful anyone who has watched and enjoyed movie blockbusters in the past three decades has escaped seeing Winston's wizardry. He most recently had designed the armor worn by Iron Man, and was set to continue his association with the Terminator franchise with the now-filming fourth installment. It's hard to imagine a film world without Stan Winston, but it'll be a much less special place.

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