First off, for all you youngins’ out there I’m not referring to the Comic book guy that is currently whoring out his entire backlog of comic book characters to Hollywood studios. That’s Stan Lee, he’s the creator of Marvel Comics. I’m talking about the Amazing and the recently deceased Stan Winston, the creator of some of the most memorable Hollywood Action Heros of all time. No, I’m not talking about Bruce Willis or Will Smith either… I’m talking about the creator of Alien, Terminator, the dinosaurs from Jurassic Park, Predator and Avatar, these live-action creatures are truly the stars of any Sci-fi / Horror movie as far as I’m concerned. Stan Winston was one of my Top Hollywood Idols as a kid. It’s creative geniuses like him, that planted those creative seeds that ultimately lead to many of us finding our own Hollywood Dream. Between him and George Lucas, my Hollywood path was being laid out right before my eyes. And it all started when I was 7 years old with the release of the Original Star Wars and I didn’t even realize it. Not even after I saw it over 20 times in the theaters that first year! I was hooked on it, but I didn’t know what that truly meant at the time or what it would lead to ultimately for me in the future. More on me later… Let’s get back to Stan!

I'll be back It seems that Stan, the master of all that is un-human, has pulled off the most famous of all Hollywood tricks. Coming back from the Dead to make more money than I will make alive. Bravo Stan!

Stan Winston Studios has partnered with an online educational provider and created the coolest online school ever, as far as I’m concerned at least. The Stan Winston School of Character Arts. If you’re into Hollywood creature design Efx, design development, model making, clay sculptures, prosthetics, puppetry, animatronics, creature hydraulics, hair work and or make-up, I’m pretty sure this is something you should check out. The school itself is still not open yet, but is supposed to be opening in Oct 2011. And guess what folks..? It’s October! I have no idea how much it will cost. I have no idea if it will be good. But if you decide to take it. Lets us know about it at THO. Will send you a free gift for an honest review.

I guess Stan Winston is now having his immortal last laugh, his most iconic Hollywood creature, The Terminator, predicted Stan’s future as well, uttering those famous last words ‘ I’ll Be Back ‘. And So He Is… Welcome back Stan!

Check out this amazing behind the scenes Video Promo for the school. It was shot recently by their hardware storage provider.

One last thing… In case you’re wondering about that path that was being laid out before me when I was 7 and I didn’t even know it yet.. Here’s what happen 27 years later..

Here’s a picture of me Holding the Oscar for Best Visual Effects in 2004 for Spiderman 2.
That’s because I worked on the Miniature Efx crew for that movie, so everyone on the crew got to pose with it. Pretty cool Huh! Funny thing though, I was sick that day… So I missed out on the real photo op. But luckily my current boss at the time was Grant McCune. He had personally won an oscar in 1977 for Visual Effects on another famous film you might recognize. Anyone want to guess what movie that was ???
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Spiderman 2 oscar

That’s Right…  STAR WARS… I’m holding the Oscar from Star Wars in that picture.. How do you like them apples ?

Hollywood Dreams do Come True if you just Have Faith.
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Hope you enjoyed..

Dingo –

2 Responses to “Learn Hollywood Creature EFX from the Master – Stan Winston”

  1. Thiago Ferraz says:

    By the way, where are my manners?!
    Nice post! Congratulations by the Oscar!

  2. Thiago Ferraz says:

    Hello Dingo,

    I’m from Brazil and I’m looking forward to do the Stan Winston School, but I’d like to know if it’s worth doing it. If you’re open to help me, I’d like to proceed this conversation through e-mail, if there’s no problem.

    Best regards from Brazil
    Thiago Ferraz

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