Todd Masters is thrilled his character-effects company got to work on a movie as popular as “The Twilight Saga: New Moon.” But if it were his call, those vampires would have been a lot less … pretty
“We’re not really into the whole sparkly vampire thing,” said Masters, a graduate of Sammamish High School who grew up in Lake Hills. “Vampires don’t sparkle.”
Masters speaks from experience. Along with films like “Predator,” “Mortal Kombat,” a couple of “Nightmare on Elm Street” films and the show “Fringe,” his 22-year-old Los Angeles-based company,Masters FX, has worked on the vampire series “Vampire Diaries” and “True Blood.”
Among the company’s contributions to “New Moon” were wounds, scars, the tattoos worn by the wolf-morphingQuileute characters and one very graphic — and very sparkly — vampire death.
But alas — little to no blood.
“They don’t bleed,” said Masters. “They just sparkle.”
As you can probably guess, Masters is not a fan of Stephenie Meyer’s book series and doubts he’ll become one.
This is not a guy who denies his instincts. When Masters was 18, he dropped out of Seattle’s Cornish School of Arts after just one day. A couple weeks later, he moved to Hollywood.
“They said I’d be gessoing canvases in year four, and I said, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me. I was painting when I was 7!'” he said.