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The Winston Effect: The Art and History of Stan Winston Studio [Hardcover]

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24 Nov 2006
For over 30 years, Stan Winston and his team of artists and technicians have been creating characters, creatures and monsters for the silver screen, from "The Terminator" and the extraterrestrial monstrosities of "Aliens" and "Predator" to the amazing dinosaurs of "Jurassic Park" and the fanciful character of "Edward Scissorhands". Now, at last, he's opening up the Stan Winston Studios to collaborate on the first-ever book to reveal all the behind-the-scenes secrets of his groundbreaking and hugely influential artistry and effects work. Featuring an extensive array of sketches, production art, and photographs straight from the studio archives, this is the book his fans have been waiting for!

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd; 1 edition (24 Nov 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845761502
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845761509
  • Product Dimensions: 30.9 x 26 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,608 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A stunning book by any standards. Five Stars. -- Film Review, February 2007

A totally essential movie-buff buy -- Maxim, January 2007

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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 ( 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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful celebration of a true genius. 18 April 2007
This book is a wonderful celebration of the life and work of Stan Winston, one of the most gifted and talented artists to have worked in Hollywood.

There are hundreds of beautiful photos which show Winston's work in painstaking detail. Take for example a double page spread which has Arnold Schwarzenegger as The Terminator on one side, and on the other, Arnold again but this time it is a full scale model of his head. At first glance it is impossible to tell the difference. Spend some time looking and it obvious which is which but in the context of the live action film it is easy to see just why Winston's effects are amongst the best in the world.

The text in the book is just as fascinating as the pictures, and gives a real insight into the life of Stan Winston. Even if you can't be bothered with all the reading, this book is worth buying for some truly amazing behind the scenes pictures of some of the biggest blockbusters from recent memory.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Winstons effect on me 15 Jan 2009
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16 years ago as an art student I was studying special effect make up, I had difficulty with an appliance I had an exam due, worried I rang Stan Winston Studio hoping to speak to a technician. Someone answered the phone and asked if they could help, I explained my predicament, for ten minutes I had the technician explain the process and a couple of tips. Really helpful guy so I asked for his name to write and say thanks, He just said Stan, I nearly fell over. My hero talking to me like a friend and helping some poor student.

This book represents this man and his work, community he created and his strengths and weaknesses. This is not a book that reads as a infomercial, it is a history warts and all of a fine art studio. Its explains why he would talk to a young student for nearly half an hour

I could not put this book down.

Last June Stan left us, this book stands as a testament to a great artist.

I thoroughly recommend this book for students, and film connoisseurs this is a valuable tome for any technicians library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A work of art in every department 14 Dec 2006
At last, a truly definitive record of one of the true special effects geniuses of our time.

Just one cursory glance through this book was enough to sell it to me. The level of detail in all areas is simply staggering, with some astounding stills reproductions of all his most legendary creatures (Predator, Terminator), as well as the lesser know ones (Leviathan, The Relic). Crucially, the range of stills chosen covers every aspect of the design process, from his beautiful initial sketches and drawings, through the realisation and fabrication of the actual creatures, as well as some fantastic shots of the final, finished works (look out for the full-page still of 'Pumpkinhead'! All are reproduced in stunning clarity, and make the book worth the asking price alone.

Equally importantly, the text is detailed, fascinating and meticulously researched, with a great deal of behind-the-scenes insight.

All in all, a truly stunning book that is undeniably essenial reading for everyone who is interested in Stan Winston's legendary work.

[...]? Cheap at twice the price!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A 'must have' book.... 22 Mar 2010
An incredible book of work, a must for anybody 'into' Special Effects. Worth every penny, every page has photos and pre production drawings-its a sad loss he is no longer with us.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant testament to a true master at work 8 May 2014
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This book does not just show the output of Stan Winston's achievements. It allows the reader more of a personal journey with Stan as he created his body of work.

One story stood out for me, and this was a thank you letter from a student who had rung up the helpline to get support with his coursework. The operator spent 45 minutes helping, advising and coaching. The student discovered he had been speaking to Stan himself who manned the helpline occasionally despite his lofty stature, because he was a true man of the people.

Stan Winston will be sadly missed. A gentleman, a genius and an artisan with both feet on the ground.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 14 Feb 2014
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I am very happy with this book, as a signed limited edition it is in excellent condition and the contents are superb.
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I bought this book earlier this year and found it to be an invaluable source for information on the art behind some of the best Hollywood movies
that Stan Winston studios had been involved with, It is very interesting to see a lot of talented artists and special effects wizards behind the scenes.
I would recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book 8 Mar 2013
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Ordered this as a present ... It was very well received by the recipient .. very interesting. and detailed book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant spectacle into major monster effects
An in depth look into all of the major film monsters and their creations by creator stan winston. Brilliant pictures and in depth detail to fans in how effects were achieved! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ben McLachlan
5.0 out of 5 stars True Genious
I grew up with the films of Stan Winston films this superb book is a fitting tribute to a sfx god! it's a gift for my daughter who's in her first year of a sxf make-up course I... Read more
Published on 23 Dec 2011 by Abbo
5.0 out of 5 stars Stan Winston. What a legacy.
This is a fantastic book about Stan Winston's studio who have produced some amazing characters and creatures over the years. Read more
Published on 9 Oct 2011 by Welshandrew
5.0 out of 5 stars Great man, great book, great price.
I've been reading this book on and off for 2 years now and it still excites me every time I turn the pages. Read more
Published on 4 Dec 2010 by Stephen Crawford
5.0 out of 5 stars The Winston Effect - a must have book!
"The Winston Effect" the book signed by the man himself: Stan Winston. An awesome book, a great and interesting read, and the signature makes it even better for collectors since... Read more
Published on 13 Sep 2009 by Rusu Sergiu
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning - do not hesitate to buy!
If you are a fan of special effects and the Winston studio then you will not find this book any less than perfect!
Published on 10 Jan 2008 by Ian Cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars Special Effects Porn!
This is the kind of book that coffee tables are made for. In fact, shame on you if you havn't got a coffee table, this book deserves one. Read more
Published on 26 Oct 2007 by Matthew Dougherty
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