Stan Winston School is the world's premiere online destination for learning the art & technology of character creation from Award-winning industry professionals. Creating compelling characters requires a vast range of skills and techniques, from big budget cinematic approaches to DIY methods you can use in your garage or home workshop. With 500+ hours of On-Demand video instruction to choose from, Students can purchase our courses individually or subscribe to gain instant, anytime access to our entire library. We also offer Live Online Courses, providing Students with the opportunity to connect with our faculty in real-time, and even earn a Stan Winston School Certificate! If you're an artist or technician who wants to learn from the best, welcome to SWSCA. Subscribe, Learn, Create!

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Academy Awards



Stan Winston

Four time Academy Award winning character creator, founder of Stan Winston Studio, co-founder of Digital Domain

Lance Anderson

Academy Award nominated Special Effects Makeup Character Creator, Founder Make-Up Designs, Inc., Co-Founder AFX Studio

Denise Baer

Master Hair Artist

Adam Beane

Master sculptor known for hyperrealistic portrait work, founder of Adam Beane Industries & inventor of the revolutionary sculpting material Cx5

Howard Berger

Academy Award Winning Special Effects Makeup Artist, Monster Maker & Animatronic Character Creator, co-founder of KNB EFX Group

Andy Bergholtz

Master sculptor Andy Bergholtz can sculpt anything.

Bill Bryan

From Marshmallow Man to mind-blowing creatures made from trash bags, Billy Bryan’s light touch brings impossible creatures to life.

Barney Burman

Academy Award winning special makeup effects & character creation artist.

Rob Burman

A Life Working with Clay and Creating Great Characters, Influenced by a Two Generation Legacy in Hollywood Effects

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Animatronic Wizard Craig Caton-Largent has built and puppeteered some of the most iconic creatures in Hollywood

John Cherevka

Special Effects Character Creator & Master Monster Maker, key artist Stan Winston Studio & Legacy Effects

Chiodo Bros

Chiodo Bros - Legendary Stop-Motion Animation and Effects Wizards

Peter Weir Clarke

Aside from being a gifted Creature Effects Mechanic and Sculptor, Peter also teaches at The Art Institute.

Sandy Collora

Creature Designer, Master Sculptor, Writer & Director

Bill Corso

Oscar and Emmy Award-winning makeup artist & master character creator

David Covarrubias

Mechanical Designer David Covarrubias builds robots for commercials, films..and also to improve people's lives.
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Will Mass