Matt Winston / Co-Founder

Matt Winston, son of Special Effects wizard Stan Winston, grew up in a world of fantasy characters and creature effects.

While in high school, Matt began working at Stan Winston Studio and learning the FX ropes. This led to puppeteering work on projects that would become iconic cinema classics such as James Cameron’s Aliens and Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park.

After graduating from Yale University, Matt returned to his father's workshop to learn CGI in the fledgling SWS digital department before Stan joined forces with James Cameron and former ILM boss, Scott Ross to form the visual effects company Digital Domain.

While early ambitions as an actor led his father to character effects work, Matt took the opposite path and after starting out in effects, began to develop characters as an actor and later as a screenwriter. His acting credits include memorable roles in Six Feet Under, Little Miss Sunshine, About Schmidt, Scrubs and David Fincher’s now cult classic Fight Club. He also co-wrote the feature film Thanks for Sharing, starring Mark Ruffalo, Gwyneth Paltrow, Tim Robbins & Alecia Moore (Pink), which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival followed by a worldwide theatrical release.

Family has always been foremost for Matt, and he is proud to be honoring his father's legacy of inspiration and creativity through the Stan Winston School of Character Arts.