SES was started early in 1993. The intention was to provide hard-to-find information and materials to amateur and professional special effects people. Since that time We have expanded service to include Haunted House Operators, Artists, Film Makers, Educators, Cosplayers, and other creative individuals.
Special Effects is a very small company. I do mean really small. I make all high level decisions and scrub the toilets, this is a reflection of the wonderful range of talent which I have.
The studio is located in a bedroom community just North of Salt Lake, But SES is not located in a bedroom. We actually rent a real office/studio in a regular business district. We would like to think that North Salt Lake, Utah is the Mecca for all Special Effects Artists, but it is not. North Salt Lake is the Mecca for kids and mini-vans. SES does nothing for mini-vans.
Often we are asked if someone can come work for us for free in exchange for experience. We say no 99% of the time. (Please see my comments in the Careers Section). We do have an apprentice from time to time, but we always choose an apprentice because of special circumstances. If you want experience the best thing to do is to buy books, take classes and experiment on your own.
ABOUT ME, THE BIG CHEEZ
As a Mechanical Animator, I have worked on robotic characters seen in animated shows throughout the world including the E.T. Rides at Universal Studios in Orlando and Hollywood, Shows for the Lotte' World Amusement Park in South Korea and the animated figures at the Forum Shops at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas. During my six years in the Los Angeles Area, I went from machinist to Project Manager by working different jobs on a variety of shows and projects. My specialties are mechanical design and project management, although I've had practical experience in sculpting, plastics, mold making, fiberglass work, and finish work. I was able to enter special effects because of my background in graphics, advertising and manufacturing. I returned to Utah soon after the Los Angeles riots.
ABOUT IGOR, MY ALTERED EGO
Igor holds an advanced degree in Grave Desecration from Salem State. He has worked some of the most prominent cemeteries in the U.S., Canada and England. He is widely acclaimed as a champion of equal rights for hunch-backs. His favorite movies include The Sound of Music, To Kill a Mocking Bird and Baywatch.
What our customers say
We have worked with many clients and we always like to hear they come out from the cooperation happy and satisfied. Have a look what our clients said about us.
Just a thanks for making such a great product. I love these paints and have had fantastic results with them. My parties are a hit!
Great place to order special effects, great prices and fast shipping!
So glad you're local!
Customer service is awesome and friendly, Steve always has great suggestions on how to do a project.
Amazing place, they are so helpful and get you exactly what you are needing. It's my only go to spot for fx makeup!!!
Very nice, and professional. I was able to find the Ben Nye cake makeup that myself and my brother needed for our living statue makeup. So happy I was able to find it in the SLC area!
This is my company so I'm going to say great things about it! We are the best, carry the best product lines, and have the best customer service.
Best products, especially love the local pickup, always there to answer my questions about my current projects I am working on and help me expand with new ideas.
Great selection on their website and I like the detail they add to product overview.
I was updated a few times in e-mail on status and delivery and the product arrived the exact day they said it would.
Will definitely look to Special Effects Supply again when I need to be kitted out.
Highest quality products and service - knowledgeable and personable; innovative with creative solutions for theatre makeup. Great user-friendly website.
The Special Effects Supply (FXSupply.com) site is, meanwhile, one of several good options for actually purchasing Kryolan products, offering makeup products, sprays, creams, powders, as well as tools, brushes and air brushes, accessories, cleansers and removers, prosthetics, contours, tapes, blood, appliances and special effects (wax, casting, stone, moulage, clay, vomit), facial hair and lashes, body makeup, brushes, kits, makeup cases, and more.