MOVIE SFX MAGICIAN DEAD

Published on: June 16, 2008
MOVIE SFX MAGICIAN DEAD

Oscar winning special effects magician Stan Winston is dead at 62.

Winston, a ground breaking pioneer in the art of visual special effects including animatronics, makeup and CGI died at home after a seven year battle with multiple myeloma, surrounded by family.

Winston's first Oscar was for Aliens (1986) directed by James Cameron and then two for Terminator 2: Judgment Day (visual effects and make up).

Winston provided the mechanical T-Rex and other prehistoric monsters for Jurassic Park (1993).  He shared the SFX Oscar with stop-motion-animator Phil Tippett.

"Stan contributed to some of the greatest -- fantastic movie characters in motion picture history," Tippett stated.

"His loss is a great one and he will be missed."

Winston also provided SFX for Batman Returns, A.I., Pearl Harbor, Edward Scissorhands, Galaxy Quest, Monster Squad and most recently Iron Man - among others.

He brought the impossible, the improbable and the unimaginable to life with the the artistry of a master craftsman  -- one who displayed  his creations for all the world to see.