CREATING A CREATURE ICON
Since PREDATOR’s 1987 release, the dreadlocked alien hunter has gone on to become a multimedia icon, inspiring a film franchise, video games, toys, collectibles, comic books and fan groups worldwide like our friends at The Hunter's Lair, who pay homage to their favorite sci-fi character by building and wearing screen-worthy Predator suits, complete with custom weapons and armor.
But none of the young FX artists on Stan Winston’s original PREDATOR crew could have guessed that they were making a classic monster movie in the jungles of Palenque, Mexico all those years ago. They were just trying to survive the elements and pull off the impossible in an insanely short period of time.
Pictured above: The PREDATOR set crew (L. to R.) Shane Mahan, Steve Wang, Stan Winston (kneeling), Brian Simpson, Kevin Peter Hall (Predator), Shannon Shea, Richard Landon & Matt Rose.
PREDATOR'S FX CREW REUNITES
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of PREDATOR’s original theatrical release, we were asked by Eliot Brodsky to help put together a “Stan Winston Predator Crew” reunion panel at Monsterpalooza 2012, to finally give the guys a chance to share their experiences working on the movie.
Most of the original team were able to make it, including Steve Wang, Matt Rose, Shannon Shea, Richard Landon & Dave Kindlon. The room was packed with PREDATOR fans eager to see the FX wizards who helped Stan create an icon. The hour discussion flew by and for those of you who couldn't attend, we're happy to share these videos with you.
Long live the Yautja,
More PREDATOR Stuff from SWSCA:
- The Predator is Born
- Predator 2 - Behind the scenes at Stan Winston Studio
- Predator 2 - New Weapons for a new Predator
- Monster Sculpting - Alien vs. Predator
- Metallic Painting - Predator Bio Helmets
More from the PREDATOR crew:
- Cable Mechanism Basics with Richard Landon
- Garage Monsters 2 with Shannon Shea
- Monster Maker Interview with Steve Wang