View Full Version : Stan Winston opens a CG division

07 July 2003, 12:09 AM

Good to see the old masters embracing new techniques.

07 July 2003, 12:18 AM
Stan opened SW Digital last year or maybe even the year before that.
They just have not done a lot with it........yet. :)

07 July 2003, 12:49 PM
That's not surprising in the least, if he wants to keep up in the game, this move was inevitable! He's always trying to compare and reason with CGI in relation to animatronic - The funniniest thing is that he's always talking about character - well in that case cgi is 10 times more accessable and visually more effective.

07 July 2003, 04:43 PM
It is not a move to CGI, it is an incorporation of CGI, which just makes sense with the demand of the business, but I disagree that animatronics are less assessible or visual ineffective than CGI when it comes to Stan Winston creations. T3 showed how effective and assessible his animatronics are. They were much more visually believable and stunning than the CGI elements in the movie. Stan Winston is still the master and animatronics will still remain a much needed element of VFX because there are some things CGI isn't as effective visually as real world elements.

07 July 2003, 05:45 PM
Actually, I think SW "needs" to add CG to his company. There is going to be less and less animatronics/makeup effects in films.
Producers are giving CG companies more time and money than there giving to Makeup Effects Companies.
Any "BIG" Makeup Effects house needs to add CGI if they want to survive.

Stan is just one of the "smart" ones. :)

07 July 2003, 11:28 PM
Yes , Winston opened it last year. Andre Bustanobay, who headed mocap at Digital Domain (he worked on the mocap for Titanic and the Sil armature for Species) heads the CG division.

07 July 2003, 11:58 PM
Originally posted by roger
Any "BIG" Makeup Effects house needs to add CGI if they want to survive.

Stan is just one of the "smart" ones. :)
Yup, Hunter Gratzner had to do the same thing. They were a big miniture model shop(one of the biggest). They rebranded themselves as New Deal Studios with HG as one of the pieces doing cgi and models. Best of both worlds.

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