The Winston Effect
The Art and History of Stan Winston Studio

Author: Judy Duncan
Titan Books
RRP: 34.99, US $49.95, Cdn $69.95
ISBN-13: 978 1 8457 6150 9
ISBN-10: 1 85676 150 2
Available 24 November 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 a
nd 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...

The Winston Effect is one of those books that everyone will be able to enjoy on one level or another. For the casual movie fan it's interesting to flick through and discover what creatures Stan Winston and his team have helped to bring to life on the big screen. For more hard-core fans, as well as those thinking about a career in the movie industry, this is an indispensable insight into one of the most successful effects studios on the planet.

This collection kicks off with a look at the early years of Winston's career and then moves on to his more recent work. It's interesting to see the development of some of his techniques as they evolve from project to project.

You can pick this book up and flick through it, stopping at something that catches your eye (almost every page will do that), or you can read it from cover to cover. Either way, this is a book that is packed to bursting with delicious eye candy, as well as a carefully constructed narrative that looks deep into the magical world in which Winston works.

There are particularly large sections on well known areas of Winston's work including creating dinosaurs (most notably for the Jurassic Park series of movies), robots and his work on Alien/Predator/Terminator. A lot of his most noteworthy films are examined individually - generally receiving between a page and several pages depending on the level of complexity of Winston's work.

While £34 might sound like a lot of money to spend on a book, it works out at roughly 10p a page. I doubt you'll find a better value for money book anywhere on the planet. Treat yourself. This is a book that you'll cherish for a long time to come.

Darren Rea

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