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Artist of the Week: Timothy Sedillo creates monsters, gore and special effects for film

August 31, 2014

By S, Derrickson Moore, Las Cruces Sun-News, N.M.

Aug. 31--LAS CRUCES -- Timothy Sedillo has created a monster.

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 White Sands International Film Festival.

Sedillo, a native of Estancia, New Mexico, and a recent graduate of New Mexico State University'sCreative Media Institute, has already scored some awards and major credits at age 22.

According to festival organizers, his first short film, "Pandemic," shot while he was still in high school, was awarded Best of Show at Albuquerque'sDigital Desert Youth Film Festival in 2010.

"He has continued working on short films, providing makeup effects for such local productions as Dave Witt's 'Doc,' Julian Alexander's 'Buffalo' and Matthew Voldavino's 'Cinema Verite,'" according to a festival news release.

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 Las Cruces High School theater things," he said.

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 Halloween each year.

"I'll get a lot of calls around October from fraternities, friends and just anybody. I usually try to work out my own Halloween costumes a year in advance. I've been planning this year's costume since last October. Last year, I was a camp counselor visiting from 'Friday the 13th. This year, I'm working on Arnold from 'Terminator 2.'"

He recently moved to Albuquerque to start his own video production company.

"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 Albuquerque, there are production crews and signs everywhere. Things are good, and the money and jobs brought into the state is good to see," he said.

To learn more about his production company and services he offers, email sedillo_tim@yahoo.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 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the East Mesa campus of DoÑa Ana Community College, 2800 N. Sonoma Blvd., also the site for workshops on screen storytelling by writer/producer Kirk Ellis; visual effects by special effects expert and puppeteer Mike McCormick and cinematography in movies and TV by cinematographer Michael Goi, plus workshops on creating a film workforce and the beneficial economic impacts of the film industry. The fee is $20 for all workshops, and admission is also included in the $75WSIFF VIP Platinum Pass. For information and tickets for workshops and other festival events, visit wsiff.com

S. Derrickson Moore may be reached at 575-541-5450.

White Sands International Film Festival

The festival runs Wednesday through Sept. 7 at venues throughout Las Cruces. Films will be screened at Cineport 10, 700 S. Telshor Blvd. VIP parties will be held throughout the week, as well as a Friday evening awards ceremony at Rio Grande Theatre this is open to the public. For a complete roster of festival films, venues, parties and special events, tickets, information and passes, visit wsiff.com. The WSIFF VIP Platinum Pass, at $75, includes admission to all of the festival films at Cineport 10, parties and awards and all of the Sept. 6 workshops and seminars. A $50 film pass ($25 for students and seniors) offers admission to all festival films at Cineport 10.

WSIFF workshops

What: A day of workshops for filmmakers, by filmmakers

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sept. 6

Where: East Mesa campus of DoÑa Ana Community College, 2800 N. Sonoma Blvd.

How much: $20 for all workshops or Admission included in the $75WSIFF VIP Platinum Pass.

Info: wsiff.com

Sept. 6 workshop schedule:

--10 a.m. to noon: "Special makeup effects" by Creative Media Institute graduate Timothy Sedillo on the use of special makeup effects, tips for creating makeup and special effects on any budget.

--10 to 11:30 a.m.: "Telling a Good Screen Story -- It's Harder Than You Think" by writer/producer Kirk Ellis, on screen storytelling, using clips from feature films and TV programs to illustrate the art of structure and character building.

--Noon to 1:30 p.m.: "Visual Effects as Seen in 'Labyrinth' and 'Dark Crystal'" by special effects expert and puppeteer Mike McCormick on radio control vs. wire control puppetry, creature fabrication, costuming, breaking into the business.

--Noon to 1 p.m.: "Creating the Right Kind of Filmmaking Workforce" by Jon Hendry and members of IATSE 480, a labor union representing technicians, artisans and craftspersons in the entertainment industry, discuss readiness and the importance of union presence in all craft areas (catering, drivers, props, hair, wardrobe, construction, etc.)

--1 to 2 p.m.: "Chilewood -- Why the Film Industry is Profitable For All" with members of the Regional Film Development Advisory Council, including State Rep. Jeff Steinborn, Creative Media Institute professor and filmmaker Rajeev Nirmalakhandan, CMI professor and documentarian Phil Lewis, industry veteran and former film liaison Bill McCamey and actor, educator and filmmaker Mark Vasconcellos.

--2 to 4 p.m.: "Creating the Look of 'American Horror Story": Cinematographer Michael Goi on artistic techniques and concepts, cinematography in movies and television,tips on how to get started and build a career.

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