Movie Effects Artist Wishes ‘Twilight’ Vampires Didn’t Sparkle


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.

See pics of the company’s “Twilight” work here. And stay tuned: Masters FX also worked on the third installment in the franchise, “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,” due out in June.




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