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[Obit] Another Master Passes

Tired right now, but had somehow overlooked this and realized I should post this. He wasn't a writer, but the man knew how to tell a story.

Stan Winston, the special effects genius responsible for the Aliens, the Terminators, the dinosaurs of Jurassic Park and many more things -- including, most recently, the really excellent Iron Man -- passed away this weekend at age 62.

Somehow, movies just won't be quite the same...
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Truer than you know.

Mostly, Stan Winston stayed in the background, designing creatures and special effects. But his taste was well known, particularly because of the number of high-budget special effects shows he turned down, saying the scripts were "boring."

And the only feature he ever directed, "Pumpkinhead," is a memorable melding of a creature (which is why they hired him, of course) and a great story.
His passing did not go unnoticed over here. The Guardian newspaper carried an obituary today. The print edition was illustrated with a photograph of Winston working on one of the creatures from Galaxy Quest.