He's made several in fact, and plans to share ideas on creating everything from monsters to exotic injuries, gore and special effects -- and maybe even his own special recipes for blood -- during a day of workshops Saturday as part of the 2014
Sedillo, a native of
According to festival organizers, his first short film, "Pandemic," shot while he was still in high school, was awarded Best of Show at
"He has continued working on short films, providing makeup effects for such local productions as
Necessity was the mother of invention and the beginning of a career for Sedillo.
"When I started shooting my own films, I needed makeup, but didn't know anybody who knew how to do it, so I taught myself. I looked stuff up, and learned by trial and error, practicing and watching a lot of behind-the-scenes DVDs and movies to see any bit I could," Sedillo said.
He discovered talent and a passion for makeup and special effects.
"Most film people want to direct -- and I wouldn't mind that, because as the director, you get sole control over the whole film and what it looks like. But as makeup artist, you get to bring the vision to life on screen."
Sedillo said he didn't have traditional visual arts training.
"I've had more of a digital media background. I did have an introduction to theater class at NMSU, but I've picked up the practical stuff more on my own," he said.
He's welcomed eclectic opportunities to hone his skills.
"I've worked on haunted houses and theater stuff on campus at NMSU, and I used to do some of the makeup for
He finds exotic projects more intriguing.
"I've done zombies and monsters, and I like doing the blood and gore and cuts and scrapes and bruises," Sedillo said.
His portfolio includes an arrow wound, assorted abrasions and an elaborate contemporary military scenario with severed limbs and graphic internal injuries.
"It all depends on the situation. I look at injuries and try to look at what works on the anatomy of a human or lizards or monsters or whatever creature you want to design, and mesh them together. I try to get a good visual understanding of how it will all work.
"I've done everything, but the majority is more like the blood and gore kind of stuff and it's what I'm known for. In the film department at NMSU, I was known as the blood guy," he said.
He knows more than one way to create a bloody scene on stage or screen.
"The most common and basic blood recipe that's been around for a long time includes corn syrup, green and red food dye, and a little bit of non-scented laundry detergent. There are a couple of other ones that are industry standards for blood or for making the face blue."
He works with a variety of models and media and has learned to make molded prosthetics.
His dream project, he said, would be "something like 'Jurassic Park,' which is awesome. The ultimate dream is just to work on a movie and be able to make an iconic character, something everyone remembers, like 'Alien' or 'Predator,'" he said.
He would be hard-pressed to name his favorite project to date.
"I've really liked everything I've done. It's always been kind of a different learning experience. You build on what you've learned and improve and also make something entirely new," he said.
Not surprisingly, Sedillo finds himself very popular around
"I'll get a lot of calls around October from fraternities, friends and just anybody. I usually try to work out my own
He recently moved to
"We'll do web shows, promotion videos, weddings and event shooting. I like video productions and independent work and it just makes practical sense and makeup and special effects work hand in hand with this area.
"And definitely, a lot more TV shows are coming into the state and they're around longer than movies. It seems like anywhere you drive in
To learn more about his production company and services he offers, email email@example.com or call 505-705-0308.
Sedillo will present a workshop and will discuss the use of special makeup effects and offer tips for creating makeup and special effects on any budget from
The festival runs Wednesday through
What: A day of workshops for filmmakers, by filmmakers
Where: East Mesa campus of DoÑa
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