RIP Stan Winston

Effects guru Stan Winston dies of cancer at 62 – Yahoo! News

Oh, man. Stan Winston was one of my few real heroes when I was a kid — his work on Terminator and Aliens and T2 and Jurassic Park was a lot of the reason I got into movie FX and, later, computer graphics in the first place. He was a goddamn great filmmaker (his directorial debut notwithstanding) and a genuine genius, and he advanced the art of moviemaking more than most of the directors or producers he ever collaborated with.

I wish I’d gotten to meet him before he died, just once, to shake his hand and thank him — not only for the inspiration, but for all those cool monsters and robots and dinosaurs.

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