"Freshly-Made Monsters" created and produced by award-winning creative character effects company MASTERSFX will be unleashed during the "Summer of Monster Love 2014." The creatures will be featured within three high-profile TV series. This array of bloody and slimy new creatures will include vampires and makeup FX featured in the HBO series "True Blood" (Season 7, debuting June 22,) an assortment of aliens in the Dreamworks/TNT invasion series "Falling Skies" (Season 4, also debuting June 22,) and special FX which will also be seen (or unseen) in HBO's new drama series "The Leftovers" (which debuts June 29.)
MASTERSFX is continuing its special form of "bloody arts" on HBO's seventh and final season of "True Blood" - having produced the makeup FX and prosthetics for the series since its debut in 2008. "We've been on 'True Blood' starting with the pilot," says MASTERSFX Coordinator Mark Viniello. "And since then, we have produced over 500 vampire bites, created more than 400 pairs of fangs, and spilled more gallons of blood than I can calculate."
MASTERSFX followed "True Blood" creator and executive producer Alan Ball from "Six Feet Under," where the FX shop created the "dead" of another type -humans. The company won an Emmy Award in 2002 for its work on that multi award-winning series. Now well-past that show's conclusion, and in the final season of another, MASTERSFX President/Founder Todd Masters reflects on the numerous corpses left in his wake. "I have mixed feelings about the final season of 'True Blood,'" he laments. "We're not quite finished yet, but it is sad to see the end of all these great characters and fun story lines. 'True Blood' redefined the modern vampire, and we were extremely happy to have played a part in its bloody glory."
MASTERSFX will continue to victimize the fictitious citizens of Bon Temps, Louisiana, for a few more weeks, as the show winds downs filming. "And then, just maybe, we can try and get some of these blood stains out of our clothes," Masters concludes.
For Season 4 of "Falling Skies", the Steven Spielberg/DreamWorks Television series returning this summer on TNT, MASTERSFX faced a completely different monster challenge. The studio has created armies of practical alien characters on this series since its 2011 launch - and has used the challenges of a weekly, "Alien Invasion" series to evolve their classic monster techniques, helping the studio ultimately reinvent its FX process.
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