Pick me up off the floor. This
striking book is what everyone would dream of having about the
brilliant Special Effects Make-Up Artist/Filmmaker Stan Winston.
Titan Books have made a sensational book that looks like
million bucks and is jam packed with eye- popping color photos
of almost all his amazing creations for film and television.
book covers Winstonís life from the start and chronicles his
ascent from beginner to master Make-Up Effects artist.
I learned what it took for him to create his own full
working studio with a large crew of top-notch technicians.
He started out borrowing space from fellow Make-up Artist
Tom Burman, eventually growing to need more space.
Designing and supplying his own furntiture and
construction to the his first own place and how he pushed to
reach the limits of his and his teamís ability to top what
they could accomplish on each succeeding film.
didnít realize Winstonís importance to the make-up
profession. He is
described as the leader in getting onscreen credit for make-up
artists and instrumental in pushing for the Academy Award for
the make-up category. Seeing
his work over the years, itís not surprising that heís won a
few of them. In
fact Winston was nominated during the first year make-up was
added for HEARTBEEPS.
of the most talented filmmakers Winston has worked with come
forward to speak on behalf.
They describe him as a ruthless businessman and a
dedicated artist who will not settle for less than the best from
himself or his team.
also learned that Winston was instrumental in developing
techniques that has taken the art form to where it is today.
Winston isnít afraid to admit where he picked up
techniques from other creative teams working on film &
television effects. One
of these was Winstonís incorporation of developing puppets to
look and act real within a film setting.
He admits he learned some of this from Jim Hensonís
Shop work shown in the making of THE DARK CRYSTAL.
could spend hours looking at the beautiful photographic
representation of Stan Winstonís work in groundbreaking films
like John Carpenterís THE THING, THE TERMINATOR, ALIENS, THE
MONSTER SQUAD, PREDATOR, PREDATOR 2, EDWARD SCISSORHANDS,
TERMINATOR 2 Ė JUDGEMENT DAY, PUMPKINHEAD, JURASSIC PARK,
BATMAN RETURNS, INTERVIEW WITH A VAMPIRE, THE GHOST AND
DARKNESS, PLANET OF THE APES, THE SIXTH SENSE, LAKE PLACID,
GALAXY QUEST, TERMINATOR 3, BIG FISH and CONSTANTINE.
But reading about him makes the book even better.
vision for what he creates is everlasting.
I mean even his TV commercials are iconic; the chatty
chameleon lizards of the Budweiser commercial, the Aflac duck
and the creepy ďBurger King.Ē
canít say enough about this spectacular book.
Christmas and the holidays are coming up.
Treat yourself big time.