I’ve been working hard the past few weeks getting ready to make some really awesome stuff. I mean that I’ve got a ton of ideas & have been doing a lot of research on said ideas… I just haven’t started any yet…
In the mean time, I thought I’d introduce you to the amazingness of Stan Winston. You probably know of Stan Winston, you just don’t KNOW you know! Stan Winston was the greatest special FX & creature builder in movie making history. His credits include: Terminator, Jurassic Park, Edward Scissor Hands, Aliens, Predator, and on and on and on. Pretty much any AWESOME big-budget movie of the past 30 years, Stan Winston had a hand in it.
I’ve met quite a few of the FX guys here in Hollywood & it’s everyone’s dream to work for Stan Winston Studios. Now, I’m not a FX kid, but I do think you can learn a lot and be inspired by art & sculptors that work in different materials & subjects.
On that note, You should check out Stan Winston’s School of Character Arts.
They have soooo many video tutorials they’ve created ranging in subjects from mold making, to sculpting, to painting, to concept design, to animatronics, to makeup FX, etc. I’ve only watched a few of the videos so far, but they are very informative & interesting (it’s always fun to watch a master sculptor, you learn a lot of techniques & tricks)
** I recommend watching the Garage Monsters: Shop Basics — it’s super informative about tools, sculpting materials & making your own sculpting tools **
Now… These tutorials are not free. They are kinda pricy, I got the all-access monthly subscription for like $50/month. But I figured that I was still recovering from work & had some free time to waste. They do have different options & you can buy the lessons individually.
I think they also have videos on their YouTube channel, just not as in-depth as the pay-for-play tutorials.
If nothing else, check out the websites & be inspired by the mind-blowing sculptors & creature builders. It’s people like these that made me want to work in the movies in the first place!!