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UVa Students Create and Parade Creature Around Grounds

By: News Email
By: News Email

November 8, 2012

A creature paraded around the Lawn, invaded marching band practice, and posed at Poe's room, all in order to teach UVa students.

A group of UVa students spent three days designing and building the creature. Thursday night, they marched it around grounds and the surrounding streets. They were part of a hands-on workshop put on by the Stan Winston School of Character Arts, based in Hollywood.

This was Winston's second workshop at UVa. His first happened in September.

"It's been as rewarding for us visiting from Hollywood as it's been for them," said Matt Winston, the SWSCA Co-Founder, Actor
"To revisit a group of people who are so enthusiastic, it kind of rekindles our own love of this."

Both students and teachers appreciated working with each other.

"You can't help but love doing this because he loves doing this," Lauren Shell said about Winston. Shell is a UVa MFA Graduate Student in Technical Directing said. "My big thing is learning how to make movie magic. It's the coolest thing ever!"

"Working with the guys out of Hollywood, they brought a lot energy and really transformed it from a classroom...to {a} really awesome creative experience," said Austin Manning, a First Year Graduate Student in Uva's College of Arts and Sciences. "It was a really good experience and taste of the professional world in a setting where we had a lot of support and a lot of enthusiasm helping motivate us and push us to accomplish something that was a big, big chunk of work."

"We were showing them different things, painting techniques, and you'd have those moments -- you could just see it in their eyes, where it would click." said Shannon Shea, a Special Effects Artist who helped teacher the workshop. "Then they take off and they start doing it, and then you watch them teaching other people, you know you've done your job. The information has been passed. That little glowing ember inside has burst into flame, and they're on a path now."

"To me it felt like I was a kid again, back in L.A., doing this in a small shop, no budget, no time, but...that's what's really fun," said Ted Haines, also a Special Effects artist and workshop teacher. "Sometimes it gets boring when you have to spend four months building Terminators, dinosaurs...you're building the same thing over and over. But this was fun."

Matt Winston's father's visual effects and makeup work have been seen in movies like Jurassic Park, Iron Man, and The Terminator.


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