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Stan Winston Week: Celebrating Leviathan with Ernie Hudson, Tom Woodruff Jr. & Exclusive Photo Gallery

For the second day of our Stan Winston Week celebration, I wanted to shine the spotlight on another monster movie that I’ve always enjoyed, but it never seemed to get as much love as I thought it should- George P. CosmatosLeviathan. It’s a movie that wasn’t perfect by any means, but it was endlessly entertaining all the same, featuring a top-notch ensemble and tons of wonderfully weird and creepy creature effects created by Winston and his team of artists.

Starring Peter Weller, Richard Crenna, Daniel Stern, Ernie Hudson, Amanda Pays, Hector Elizondo, Meg Foster, Michael Carmine and Lisa Eilbacher, Leviathan was released in theaters everywhere on March 17, 1989 and took a respectable second place for the weekend, right behind Chevy Chase’s Fletch Lives. It only stayed in theaters for a total of three weeks, but still managed to haul in over $15 million during that run, which
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Stan Winston Studio - Jurassic Park: Not All Digital

Though the digital dinosaurs were a significant part of the appeal of the original Jurassic Park as that level of realism had never before been reached in cinema, many of the shots to feature dinosaurs were actually full-scale practical robotic creations, conceived and produced at Stan Winston Studio.

Two key artists at Stan Winston’s side from the early 1980s until his death in 2008 are Shane Mahan and John Rosengrant. Now, the pair of craftspeople is together in a new company called Legacy Effects, but 20 years ago, they were ready to release their most ambitious film to that point – Jurassic Park.

The team at Stan Winston Studio spent a year building all of the practical dinosaurs which would shoot live on the set of the film, directed by Steven Spielberg and photographed by Dean Cundey. After production wrapped, Industrial Light and Magic matched their computer-generated dinosaurs to Sws’ designs and
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Jurassic Park Brachiosaurus SFX Animatronic Puppet Rehearsal

Steven Spielberg's 1993 Jurassic Park was an incredible feat for its day. The mix of CGI and practical special effects they created for the film was flawless! We don't see many practical effects done like this these days because CGI has advanced so much and become so much cheaper. Here's another great behind the scenes video for the movie from Stan Winston School featuring an animatronic puppet rehearsal for the Brachiosaurus. 

Testing the Jurassic Park full-size Brachiosaurus puppet at Stan Winston Studio. Key Stan Winston Studio Brachiosaur artist Andy Schoneberg narrates this behind-the-scenes peek at the rehearsal process for Jurassic Park's gentle giant, the Brachiosaurus.

It was the largest puppet we built that had absolutely no hydraulics in it. So it was weighty and a big challenge to get to move. 

Jurassic Park is set to be re-released in IMAX 3D next month, and I'm really looking forward to seeing it!
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Homeland sweeps the Primetime Emmys, Kidman and Davis miss out

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Showtime series Homeland swept the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards netting popular awards for Damien Lewis (Best Actor), Claire Danes (Best Actress), and Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series and Best Drama Series.

The Primetime wins helped Homeland secure its place as the Emmy's surprise hit of 2012. Lewis beat out Emmy favourites Jon Hamm and Bryan Cranston, who himself won the award twice for his role as Walter White in AMC.s Breaking Bad.

HBO.s Game Change tied with Homeland with four awards won, including Jay Roach.s Best Director for a Miniseries and Outstanding Miniseries. Combined with the Creative Arts Emmy wins, Homeland won a collective six awards this Emmy season.

Despite Showtime.s popular wins, HBO came out on top earning six awards in total for their programs nominated. ABC came soon after with five awards with its flagship show Modern Family earning an Outstanding Directing for a
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American Horror Story and The Walking Dead Each Win One 2012 Creative Arts Primetime Emmy

HBO's "Game of Thrones" was the big winner at last night's Creative Arts Primetime Emmy Awards with six. but two of the horror crowd's favorites also took home one Emmy each.

As most of us suspected, Greg Nicotero and Knb Efx Group won for Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup For A Series, Miniseries, Movie Or A Special (because, really, does anyone do zombies better than Greg?):

"What Lies Ahead" • AMC • AMC Studios

Greg Nicotero, Special Makeup Effects Department Head

Jake Garber, Special Makeup Effects Artist

Andy Schoneberg, Special Makeup Effects Artist

Kevin Wasner, Special Makeup Effects Artist

Gino Crognale, Special Makeup Effects Artist

Carey Jonse, Special Makeup Effects Artist

Garrett Immel, Prosthetic Designer

And on the opposite end of the spectrum, for mostly making people look good/i>, the hairstyling team from "American Horror Story" won for Outstanding Hairstyling For A Miniseries Or Movie:

FX Networks • Twentieth Century Fox Television

Monte C. Haught,
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American Horror Story Leads 2012 Emmy Nominations

Well, this is a shocker: "American Horror Story" has tied "Mad Men" to lead the nominees for 2012 Emmys with 17 nominations each. It did so in the category of "Miniseries or Movie" rather than "Drama Series", but we'll take it. Read on to learn what other genre shows are in the running - yes, "The Walking Dead" makes an appearance!

For the full rundown of all the talented nominees, visit the official Emmys website, and be sure to watch the live broadcast of the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards on ABC on Sunday, September 23rd, at 7:00 Pm Et/4:00 Pm Pt.

Outstanding Drama Series

"Game Of Thrones" • HBO • Bighead, Littlehead, Generator Productions, Television 360, and Grok Television in association with HBO Entertainment

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series

Michael C. Hall as Dexter Morgan

"Dexter" • Showtime • Showtime Presents, John Goldwyn Productions, The Colleton Company, Devilina Productions

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A
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Dispatches From the Set of The Walking Dead: A Day on the Set, Part 1

And the "Dispatches from the Set" of "The Walking Dead" continue with this week's installment being a two-part report from the set of the series. The focus is on Andrew Lincoln, who portrays Rick Grimes, along with a few comments from Laurie Holden (Andrea) and special FX makeup artist Greg Nicotero. Check back tomorrow for Part 2!

On a misty morning 40 miles outside of Atlanta, actor Andrew Lincoln, who plays Rick Grimes on "The Walking Dead", stands beneath a tent on set. Behind him lies a Victorian farmhouse that will constitute a major setting within the show's second season, but today the action will be taking place in a valley below, where the show's production designer Greg Melton has built a menacing structure of splintered wood and rusted metal that looks like it's been sitting in that spot for 100 years. (In fact, the barn was constructed for the series out of brand-new material.
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The Walking Dead Wins Prosthetic Makeup Emmy Award

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The 2011 Creative Arts Emmy Awards took place last weekend and The Walking Dead won the award for the category of “Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Miniseries, Movie, or a Special”. Greg Nicotero and his crew from Knb Efx took home the award, beating out Game of Thrones, Glee, The Cape, and Grey’s Anatomy.

The Walking Dead was nominated for “Outstanding Visual Effects” and “Outstanding Sound Editing”, but lost out to Boardwalk Empire. Here is the official list of those who won for The Walking Dead:

Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup For A Series, Miniseries,

Movie Or A Special (Area Award: Possibility of more than one award.)

Greg Nicotero, Special Makeup Effects Department Head AMC

Andy Schoneberg, Special Makeup Effects Artist

Garrett Immel, Special Makeup Effects Artist

Jake Garber, Special Makeup Effects Artist

Kevin Wasner, Special Makeup Effects Artist

Howard Berger, Prosthetic Designer

Jaremy Aiello, Prosthetic Designer

The Walking Dead
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‘The Walking Dead’ wins Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup For A Series

It was just announced that “The Walking dead” series has just won an Emmy

Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup For A Series, Miniseries, Movie Or A Special

The Walking Dead” • Days Gone Bye • AMC • AMC Productions

Greg Nicotero, Special Makeup Effects Department Head

Andy Schoneberg, Special Makeup Effects Artist

Garrett Immel, Special Makeup Effects Artist

Jake Garber, Special Makeup Effects Artist

Kevin Wasner, Special Makeup Effects Artist

Howard Berger, Prosthetic Designer

Jaremy Aiello, Prosthetic Designer

90-minute Premiere Episode Airs On AMC, Sunday, October 16, 9Pm Et

AMC’s critically acclaimed original series, “The Walking… More
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The Walking Dead Shambles Away With an Emmy Award

The first 2011 Primetime Emmy Awards are being handed out this afternoon at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremony at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles, and one show near and dear to our hearts has come home with the gold!

That's right, kids. AMC's hit series "The Walking Dead" based upon the Robert Kirkman zombie epic has taken home the Emmy for -

Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup For A Series, Miniseries, Movie Or A Special

"The Walking Dead" • Days Gone Bye • AMC • AMC Productions

Greg Nicotero, Special Makeup Effects Department Head

Andy Schoneberg, Special Makeup Effects Artist

Garrett Immel, Special Makeup Effects Artist

Jake Garber, Special Makeup Effects Artist

Kevin Wasner, Special Makeup Effects Artist

Howard Berger, Prosthetic Designer

Jaremy Aiello, Prosthetic Designer

Congrats to all those involved.

Kicking off a two-week long Fearfest, AMC will once again present viewers with a 90-minute premiere episode of "The Walking Dead
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2011 Emmy Nominations Include a Few Horror Favorites

As Dread Central's resident awards show junkie, I'm happy to report that while horror didn't make a super strong showing in this year's Emmy Awards nominations, it did make a respectable one. Read on for the full list of genre nominees, including a few that, while not pure horror, are definitely DC fan favorites.

For the full rundown of all the talented nominees, visit the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, and be sure to watch the live broadcast of the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards on Fox on Sunday, September 18th at 8:00 Pm Et/5:00 Pm Pt.

Outstanding Art Direction For A Single-Camera Series

"True Blood" • Beautifully Broken • It Hurts Me Too • Trouble • HBO • Your Face Goes Here Entertainment in association with HBO Entertainment

Suzuki Ingerslev, Production Designer

Cat Smith, Art Director

Laura Richarz, S.D.S.A., Set Decorator

Outstanding Casting For A Drama Series

"Game Of Thrones" • HBO • Bighead,
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