Q: Where is the Stan Winston School located?
A: We are located in cyberspace, accessible to character creation students and monster fans worldwide at www.stanwinstonschool.com.
Q: What type of education is required to enroll?
A: Stan Winston School of Character Arts is open to anyone with a curious mind. No previous experience or education is required.
Q: What comes with my subscription?
A: Lots. The Stan Winston School is thoroughly dedicated to improving and preserving the fine art of character creation. Stan shared everything he knew with a great number of master artists. And many of those artists make up our incredible faculty. Stan believed that talent was in the individual artist but technique and knowledge should be shared to advance the industry as a whole. This school is the embodiment of that vision.
First and foremost, our subscribing students get unlimited access to all of the educational content on our site. As of today, that's more than 500 hours of detailed, expert instruction and lectures by these fantastic artists, all in HD. And our online library grows every month with new courses from some of the most inspiring artists in the character creation and special effects fields. As the modalities in the industry shift, so do our courses. From 2D design, to mechanics, to 3D output to whatever the future holds.
As the saying goes, there is more than one way to create a skin-less, sentient, evil Super-Cat. Compelling character creation involves a combination of skills and disciplines coming together to make magic. To that end, our Award-winning faculty cover a vast array of subjects, techniques and skill-sets - from big budget Creature FX approaches to DIY monsters that you can create for free in your garage.
You'll also have privileged access to the Stan Winston Studio archival library of behind-the-scenes footage and imagery, spanning nearly 40 years at the forefront of the monster-making business.
As a student, you'll receive awesome discounts on our entire catalog of DVDs and you'll get a first look at some amazing, in-person, once-in-your-lifetime opportunities: a series of hands-on, intensive, IN-SHOP courses with the guys who run the industry's top monster labs.
And that's just the beginning. As enrollment increases, we fully expect to expand our offerings, guided by what we hear from you.
Q: Is a stream the same thing as a DVD?
A: Same content, different medium. But, yes, it's the exact same course, verbatim. The only difference is, in the stream you have the option to watch in HD as well as standard def. (That goes for our subscription streams as well!)
Q: What is the appropriate age for viewing the Stan Winston School Courses?
A: Our courses span a wide range of techniques and are consequently geared to a varying level of skill sets. We feel that even the most basic courses would probably require at least a 7th Grade (13-year-old) level of comprehension. The content and language used by our artist/instructors may not be appropriate for every student. If you are a parent with concerns about appropriate language and imagery (realistic depictions of gore, occasional adult language) it might be best to review specific lessons before sharing them with your younger children.
Q: What is the application process?
A: Just sign up, subscribe, and you’re in! Or test the waters by streaming or purchasing a specific course on DVD.
Q: Is there a degree program?
A: Stan Winston School does not currently offer a degree program. We are a resource for individuals who want to learn the ins-and-outs of all aspects of Character Arts and we offer unprecedented access to industry professionals who show you in detail how they do what they do.
That being said, we DO offer individual course Certificates of Completion or Mastery for students who enroll in and complete all project assignments for our Live Online Courses at the "Online Worskhop" level.
Q: Do you offer Student or Veteran Discounts?
A: Yes, we're happy to offer special discounts to students and veterans with proof of eligibility. Please contact us at email@example.com for more information.
Q: Do you offer financial aid?
A: We do not currently offer financial aid.
Q: How do you handle purchases by international students?
A: Stan Winston School lists ALL prices in US Dollars. Should you make a credit purchase, your credit card company will automatically convert the amount based on current exchange rates.
Q: What’s your Return Policy?
A: Stan Winston School of Character Arts will accept unopened or damaged/defective product within 60 days of sale. Please see our RETURNS section for more information.
Q: Is my Personal and Credit Card information safe?
A: Your information is safe with us. All personal data, including Credit Card information is encrypted and stored on our secure server.
Q: Is my information kept private?
Q: Can I make purchases by phone?
A: We do not accept payments by phone. All transactions must be made ONLINE, via our secure e-commerce SHOPPING CART.
Q: Why do some Course DVDs cost more than others?
A: When the length of an On-Demand Course requires a 2 or 3 DVD set, we factor the extra manufacturing costs into the pricing.
Q: Do you certify or validate movie props?
A: For movie props and memorabilia, the only verified evidence would be a valid certificate of authenticity from an official source (such as the film studio) or a signed letter from someone connected to the project explaining the provenance of the piece. Unfortunately, Stan Winston School cannot verify authenticity through photographs or video footage, as high-quality forgeries made from castings of original props would be nearly indistinguishable from the screen-used versions. Therefore, as a rule, we do not offer certificates or letters of authenticity.
Q: When playing an On-Demand Course stream on Chrome I hear audio but don't see the picture.
A: Instead of using Chrome try using the Firefox browser.
Q: When I try to play an On-Demand Course stream I get an error message on the video window.
A: When an error message appears clear your cache and cookies from your browser, this helps the site run smoothly.
Q: What is the best way to contact Stan Winston School to resolve a problem?
A: To resolve a problem, you can reach us via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org