Stan Winston’s Family and Gnomon Launch New School

The family of the late artist and effects visionary Stan Winston and Hollywood-based Gnomon School of Visual Effects have launched the Stan Winston School of Character Arts. The new program offers a training curriculum that covers the entire spectrum of character arts, from practical to digital. Each student can customize their own curriculum through a range of online videos, DVD lessons and hands-on workshops held in association with world-renowned Winston partners.

Winston helped build the foundation for many of the creature effects techniques that fill today’s blockbuster films. As a character development lead on films including Terminator, Aliens, Predator, Jurassic Park, Iron Man and Avatar, Winston created cinematic icons that terrify, entertain and inspire, earning him four Academy Awards in a career spanning four decades.

Winston’s many prot’g's will instruct students in the magic behind their legendary work. The first Stan Winston School lessons will be available January 2011, in both DVD and online streaming formats, in association with Gnomon School of Visual Effects. The Stan Winston School also plans to offer hands-on workshops with world-renowned character effects studios in conjunction with the training DVDs and online content.

Various creature and vfx luminaries will discuss Winston’s impact on the art of character creation on Saturday, July 24 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. at Comic-Con in San Diego (Room 7AB). Featuring many of the film industry’s leading character and creature artists, including Gnomon founder Alex Alvarez, The Winston Effect panel will also include messages about the Stan Winston School of Character Arts from James Cameron and Tim Burton.