I read an article today that the legendary Stan Winston died today of cancer he battled for 7 years. Stan Winston was the reason I went into the animation field. I always idolized Mr. Winston as a monster maker and wanted to create characters for a living just like him. I would always pause the VCR to get a fuzzy glimpse of his designs and lighting. Stan Winston won 4 Oscars and numerous nominations for his work in special effects. Here's a list of my favorite features he touched:
John Carpenter's The Thing
Raise a glass to a legend.