President/Founder/Chief Monster Maker - MASTERSFX

Todd Masters is the President/Founder and Chief Monster Maker with MASTERSFX, one of the world’s leading, full-service character FX companies. With studio locations in Los Angeles, Vancouver and Toronto, MASTERSFX has provided characters and makeup FX to thousands of feature films, TV shows and commercials during the course of the past 30 years – the company was founded in 1987.

Masters, a two time Emmy Award winner, is a veteran of the “Golden Era” of rubber monster making FX. Early in his career, he worked on such iconic projects as “Big Trouble in Little China, “Night of the Creeps,” “Predator,” “Poltergeist II,” “Nightmare on Elm Street 5,” “Tales from the Crypt,” and dozens more.
Among the first to integrate Makeup FX & Practical FX with Digital VFX – Masters remains a leader in his field, and continues innovating and blending FX methodologies, while consistently creating dazzling FX. Today, MASTERSFX is the only studio in the world that offers a complete range of practical/digital options through a unique process called “dMFX,” a blend of practical and digital makeup, special FX, prosthetics and animatronics.

Creators of the cadavers for “Six Feet Under,” the vampires from “True Blood,” the Borg FX for “Star Trek,” and the baby makers from “Look Who’s Talking,” the work of Todd Masters and his company also includes contributions to “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “This is Us,” “The Good Doctor,” “The Magicians,” “Future Man,” “Six Feet Under,” “Prison Break,” “The Expanse,” “The 100,” “iZombie,”  “Fringe,” “RoboCop,” “The Day the Earth Stood Still,” “The Haunting in Connecticut,” “Star Trek: First Contact,” “The Horse Whisperer,” “Slither,” “Snakes on a Plane,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” and countless more.

Masters and his company also supply dummies and detailed FX props for studios to rent, and custom and stock temporary tattoos, as well as their unique, fast-apply prosthetic system, ProGASH.

A founding member of The Visual Effects Society, Masters is also an award-winning director; a successful toy designer and entrepreneur; has toured with Better Midler and Spinal Tap; helped “disguise” Michael Jackson; and was one of the first artists to create prosthetics digitally – thirteen years before the release of the hit film “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.”
Todd Masters is the winner of 2016 Leo and Daytime Emmy Awards for “Outstanding Makeup” for the Netflix series, “Monsterville.” He is also the winner of an Emmy Award in 2003 for the 2001/2002 Season of “Six Feet Under” in the category "Best Special Effects Makeup." And in 2006, Masters and his company won a "Saturn Award" for "Best Make-Up FX" for their work on the film “Slither.”
 

Speaker years: 
2017