I started out in special effects makeup as a kid, spending many an afternoon torturing my kid brother and making the neighbors scratch their heads. As an adult, I got my foot into doing "professional horror" as a costume designer for theatrical attractions, then clawed my way back into doing makeup and practical effects sometime around 1998. I started doing film ten years later.
While I work on crews primarily as a practical F/X artist, I do have a well-rounded range of experience in production as a makeup artist, screenwriter, wardrobe mistress, video editor, set designer/dresser, prop builder, production coordinator, casting assistant, and pretty much helping to put together projects. This experience was really put to the test when I agreed to direct a feature-length werewolf film I'd written called Predatory Moon.
Nowadays I'm better-known as a film director and screenwriter. To date I've directed the aforementioned feature film as well as five short films. My last short, "Coming Home", is what put me on the radar as a director. I even won a Best Director award for it.
Now I'm in development for directing another feature film called The Family Way.
The original intention of this blog was just to show my work as it progresses so others can either appreciate it or just throw things at it.
However, as I continue on in my adventures in film-making (and especially in the lower-budget ones), I decided to start writing up some essays to share on various aspects of the craft. I will often speak from the POV of an F/X artist or director, but it is my hope that my readers will find a few pearls of wisdom in my experiences no matter what position they take on a crew. Film-making is, after all, a collaborative medium.
If something I do catches your attention and you'd like to have me work on one of your projects, please feel free to contact me. I'm located in the Central Florida area but I can travel for projects within the USA.
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E-mail: ShivaRodriguez@gmail (dot) com.
C/O Siren Productions Media, LLC
PO Box 731942
Ormond Beach, FL 32173-1942
My Website: The World of Shiva Rodriguez
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