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Author: Jody Duncan
336 Pages
Publisher: Titan Books (November 1, 2006)
ISBN: 978-1845761509
Price: US$32.97






You might not be familiar with the name, Stan Winston but his resume speaks for itself.

Remember movies such as “Terminator”, “Aliens” and “Jurassic Park”? Do you have an idea how those wonderful, out-of-this world characters and creatures come to live on the silver screen? Now you can take a look at how the man who started out to be an actor transforms himself into a makeup and creature effects maestro in “The Winston Effect: The Art & History of Stan Winston Studio”.

This book takes you on a journey from the beginning to the present sans boring details or juicy snippets. What you have is a captivating account of how Stan Winston works its way up to clinch a couple of Academy Awards and a respected marquee name in the industry.

Writer/Editor Jody Duncan who helms from renowned effects magazine, Cinefex interviews Winston’s crews past and present and of course the man himself for all the accounts. Winston himself is frank with his views on his competitors, achievements and failures. Duncan even includes plenty of conceptual drawings, behind-the-scenes stills, and beautifully taken shots of crew working at Stan Winston studio in this 336 pages book.

With the increasing usage of digital effects in recent years, the presence of this book only goes to show that physical effects to some extent are able to pull off what the former is unable to. In spite of this, it kind of saddens me to see a wonderful craft that is dying in the fast-moving media industry.

And so why wait? There’s no better alternative to acquaintance yourself with Winston than this comprehensive hardcover book detailing his effects work and get a deeper understanding of a form of handicraft which only a handful can accomplish including the legendary Ray Harryhausen of course.


“At this phase of my life, it is time for me to spend more time with my family and less time working. It is time to let my business have its own life, to let the artistes who have been with me for more than twenty years continue what I started here - and to keep doing it long after I'm gone. My hope is that Stan Winston Studio will be like Walt Disney Studio in that it started with one person but ended up being a lot of very creative people continuing to create wonderful things.”


James Cameron created “The Terminator”. Steven Spielberg brought us dinosaurs. But its Stan Winston’s wizardry that brought them to live. Check this book out!

Review by Linus Tee


. Digital Domain (Book Review)

A selection of movies in which Stan Winston Studio worked on:

. Charlotte's Web

. The Shaggy Dog

. Zathura

. Eight Below

. Sky Captain & The World of Tomorrow

. War Of The Worlds DVD




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