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The Winston Effect: The Art & History of Stan Winston Studio Hardcover – November 1, 2006


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books; 1 edition (November 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845761502
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845761509
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 10.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #474,290 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book is a must-read for anyone who is a fan of special effects, full of behind-the-scenes anecdotes. -- The Associated Press, January 2007

The images in this lavish volume will delight fans of fantasy, horror and sci-fi movies. -- LA Times, December 10th 2006

When people talk about films that have thrilled them, they are often talking about the work of Stan Winston. -- New York Post, December 2006

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Featuring an exclusive foreword by legendary director James Cameron, the director of Terminator 2, Aliens and Titanic. In addition to this superb hardcover, Titan Books are also running an internet microsite (TheWinstoneffect.com) specifically for this title, allowing browsers to not only study the history of the Stan Winston Studio, but also preview exciting content in full colour and enter a competition to win a copy.

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Stan Winston was a genius and his work talks for itself.
Julio Tadeu Da Costa
I own just about every book on makeup and visual effects published in the last 30 years -- several shelves' worth.
Don Shay
Goes into many behind the scenes effects and shows just how amazing Stan really was.
Kursten Patrick

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Don Shay on November 29, 2006
Format: Hardcover
In the interest of full disclosure, I have known both the subject of this book, and the author of this book, for many years. Having admitted to that, and at the risk of being labeled a shill, this is one terrific volume, cram-packed with photos and conceptual art, and an abundance of text that far surpasses standard coffee-table-book fare.

Stan Winston is one of the top artists working in the field of motion picture makeup and creature effects, and from his studio have emerged iconic characters for the Aliens, Terminator, Predator and Jurassic Park series, as well as countless others. Creatively allied with powerhouse filmmakers such as Steven Spielberg, James Cameron and Tim Burton, Winston has had the talent and resources to perfect his craft and advance the state of the art. Though much of the Stan Winston story is recounted in his own words, Winston shares the limelight with members of his crew, past and present, whose own recollections and reflections, often humorous, enliven the text. At its core, the book is a lovefest; but Winston and his chronicler do not flinch at giving weight to his personal and professional failures, as well as his successes.

Author Jody Duncan is no stranger to the material. As editor of Cinefex magazine for 15 years, and one of its principal writers, she has a commanding grasp of the subject matter. She has also authored "making of" books for several Stan Winston films. But this book is no rehash. All of the interviews and perspectives are fresh and illuminating.

I own just about every book on makeup and visual effects published in the last 30 years -- several shelves' worth. If I had to pare them down to five essential volumes, "The Winston Effect" would be among them.

Don Shay, author of Endangered Liaisons
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. Wood on April 10, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Of all the books I own this one satisfies my passion for monster movies as well as my passion for art. Filled with gorgeous high quality photos and in depth insight into each creature and character this book is better than watching it in a movie! The hard work and creative inspiration that goes into each creature of Stan Winston's is truly awe inspiring. It makes me want to work in his studio!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Veilleux on December 7, 2006
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first off...this is great book in many ways ..presented in a most professional and clean manner, a publishing work of art to go with the works of art inside....the history of Stan and his team of talents is vast and covered very well in text and of course with images to amaze... the design, constuction and presentation of the art of Special make-up effects in the films that have become icons and benchmarks for fx artists to admire and try to outdo, well they are all there, of course there could always be more details and more information but any book of this scale is going to be marketed to a broader audience than myself and my peers in the fx world, but this book does a wonderful job of presenting what we do and what we would love to acheive in very warm and fun light.
Thanks to Stan for being the ring leader of such a talented circus of artists!
Anthony Veilleux, Make-up fx artist
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stop Motion Maniac on April 28, 2011
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This is a beautifully published hardback book. The paperstock is gorgeous and meant to last a lifetime. Winston has had his hand in so many of the films that I love that this was a no-brainer purchase, and I'm glad Jody Duncan did a worthy tribute to this legend. Tons of high quality images make this a must have for enthusiasts and budding professionals.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Daniel S. Boucher on February 22, 2007
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If you are a serious movie buff and you really enjoy "digging-in" to movies beyond just watching them, then you must get this book. It is rather large and heavy but contains great articles and loads of pictures on special effects and yes it covers movie favs like the Terminator and Alien series. This book comes highly recommended to movie fans by a movie fan.
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I am an aspiring video game/special effects/creature character design student and am I glad I purchased this book. The content is unbelievably inspirational as it explains how Stan Winston came to become one of the, if not "thee" greatest special effects pioneer/master ever. It reveals Stan's mentality of curiousity and desire to push creative bounderies, and how he went from award winning make-up artist to puppetry, taking from Jim Henson's muppet wizardry to another level by creating realistic and monster "puppets" for movies, to todays CGI. In the book Winston explains his thought process and problems and solutions for many of my favorite movies as well as steps in designing/creating many of my favorite movie creatures like The Thing, Alien, Terminator, Predator and countless more. The pictures are spectacular and there are many of them including behind the scene pics, various awesome artist Art & paintings & Character/Creature designs from Crash McCreery and Aaron Sims. Basically the book is a:
-Winston biography.
-History of Special Effects.
-"The Art of the Film" for a sh*tload of top movies.
-Behind the scenes pics and personal stories for a sh*tload of top movies.
-An incredibly interesting motivating & captivating read.
All of this for $[...] (which I paid thru Amazon) is a complete steal and definitely a must have if you aspire to study or simply enjoy the special effects process.
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