MastersFX Provides New FX to Film, TV, DVD & Webisode Projects

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Arleta, CA & Vancouver, BC, February 8, 2008 – Todd Masters and his company Mastersfx, specializing in prosthetic, animatronic, and makeup effects for film and television, continues to prove that the practical character FX industry is alive and well, by conjuring up new effects by blending modern and classic techniques. The company most recently has provided effects to multiple, new feature film, television, direct-to-DVD and web series projects. The new effects for these projects were produced in both Mastersfx’s Vancouver, BC, and Arleta, CA, studios. Todd Masters, Founder, Mastersfx, made the announcement. Masters said, “Although it’s tempting today for filmmakers to go to a so-called push-button approach for their FX, an all-digital solution for FX shots typically ends up with unsatisfactory results. Audiences can usually pick apart the computer-added elements, and that visual distraction often takes them out of the experience. For most work, the best mantra for filmmakers is, ‘If we can shoot it on set, then let’s shoot it!’ We bring our experience creating practical FX to each project, integrating that into the digital process.� ABOUT NEW FEATURE FILM PROJECTS: Mastersfx is currently working on Twentieth Century Fox’s contemporary reinvention of its 1951 classic, “The Day the Earth Stood Still.� Keanu Reeves portrays “Klaatu,� an alien whose arrival on our planet triggers a global upheaval. As governments and scientists race to unravel the mystery behind the visitor’s appearance, a woman (Jennifer Connelly) and her young stepson (Jaden Smith,) get caught up in his mission—and come to understand the ramifications of his being a self-described “friend to the Earth.� For client Gold Circle Films, Mastersfx is creating character effects for that company’s upcoming “New Daughter� thriller, starring Kevin Costner. The storyline follows a single father who moves his two children to rural Illinois, only to watch his daughter exhibit increasingly strange behavior. And just completed for Gold Circle Films, Mastersfx has contributed all of the character & make-up effects and a variety of “ghostly images� to the upcoming film “Haunting in Connecticut.� Starring Virginia Madsen, that film depicts the story of a family forced to relocate for their son's health. After relocating, the family begins to experience supernatural behavior in their new home, which turns out to be the site of a former mortuary. ABOUT TELEVISION PROJECTS: Mastersfx continues on its fifth season of also providing make-up special effects to the “Stargate: Atlantis� television series airing on Sci-Fi Channel, and produced by MGM Studios. The company also supplies effects to Showtime’s (now on CBS) “Dexter,� and will continue its work on NBC’s “Bionic Woman� and HBO’s “True Blood,� upon the conclusion of the writers’ strike. ABOUT STRAIGHT TO DVD PROJECTS: Mastersfx has been signed to contribute a diverse array of make-up special effects to two, MGM Studios produced direct to DVD releases from the Sci-Fi Channel: “Stargate: The Ark of Truth� and “Stargate: Continuum,� both of which will be released during March 2008. Robert C. Cooper, executive producer of Sci Fi Channel's original series “Stargate: SG-1� said that the franchise's saga ends and begins anew in the upcoming direct-to-DVD movies “Stargate: The Ark of Truth� and “Stargate: Continuum.� “The Ark of Truth� wraps up the storyline arc begun in the show's ninth season, which introduced the Ori and their crusade to conquer the galaxy. “SG-1� wrapped up its 10th and last season on Sci Fi during June 2007, while some of the story arcs remained open-ended. "The idea for the first movie [“The Ark of Truth�] was going to be the cliffhanger ending to season 10 and the start of an arc that would have lasted most of season 11, if season 11 had been picked up," Cooper said. "But that didn't happen, and we revised that concept and turned it into the story for the first direct to DVD movie." Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. announced that Richard Dean Anderson again reprises his role as Gen. Jack O'Neill in the studio's straight-to-DVD movie “Stargate: Continuum,� based on SCI FI Channel's original series “Stargate: SG-1.� Anderson joins cast members Ben Browder and Amanda Tapping for the project, which was shot on location in the sub-zero climate of the Arctic, where the production worked in collaboration with the U.S. Navy's Applied Physics Laboratory Ice Station. ABOUT NEW WEBISODE SERIES; SCI FI CHANNEL PROJECT: For the original web series “Sanctuary,� Mastersfx was the “exclusive monster maker.� “Sanctuary� began “life� as a 14 part episodic Web series, with each episode comprised of 15 minutes of original content, told in a linear storyline. At the end of January 2008, Sci Fi Channel greenlighted "Sanctuary" as a new TV series for its network. “Sanctuary� will be the first television series to use live-action actors against virtual sets in the style of the feature films "300" and "Sin City." Sci Fi has ordered a full 13-episode season of the new scripted drama series, which originated online as the first high-definition. Broadcast quality sci-fi Web series. "Sanctuary" hails from the "Stargate SG-1" trio of star Amanda Tapping, writer-producer Damian Kindler and producer-director Martin Wood, who are executive producing the series with Sam Egan. A number of things make the series unique: “Sanctuary� is the first tapeless HD digital production - using only digital media on hard drives from shooting through to post. As well, the majority of “Sanctuary's� first eight webisodes (approx. two hours) were shot entirely against green screen sets -- meaning the backgrounds were completely computer generated. Additionally, the production uses an innovative 3D computer-model tracking system live on set, allowing actors and crew to "see" renderings of the CG worlds they are "filming" in real time. “Sanctuary� recently was awarded a Guinness World Record for "Highest Budget Television Production Direct to the Web.� ABOUT MASTERSFX: Founded in 1987 by Emmy Award winner Todd Masters, Mastersfx is a full-service Character Effects company headquartered in Arleta, CA, with an additional studio in Vancouver, BC, Canada. The company has designed, created and produced prosthetics, animatronics, and makeup effects for hundreds of motion pictures, television programs, and commercials. Among the company’s credits are character effects contributions to “Star Trek: First Contact,� “Tales from the Crypt,� “Nightmare on Elm Street 5,� “The Horse Whisperer,� “Slither,� “Snakes on a Plane,� “Predator,� “Poltergeist II,� “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,� “Look Who’s Talking,� “Mortal Kombat,� “Carnivale,� “Stargate,� and many more. Mastersfx designed, created and produced prosthetics and makeup effects for all five seasons of the hit HBO series “Six Feet Under.� Todd Masters won an Emmy Award in 2003 for the 2001/2002 Season of “Six Feet Under� in the category, “Best Special Effects Makeup.� Mastersfx is also the winner of the 2006 “Saturn Award� for “Best MakeUp FX� for its work on the film “Slither.� Mastersfx’s Arelta, CA office can be contacted by phone at 818/834-3000. The web is



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