About Us

Leo Romero also known as LeoLeo has been a sculptdude for over 30 years.  
With his background in the gift industry as both a freelance and in-house sculptor
along with his degree in Fashion Design, he brings a unique perspective and sense
of detail to every project he does.  Leo really knows how to put the character into
a project.   He never thinks "inside the box" so if you are looking for something
new he's your dude...sculptdude that is!

A Monumental Gesture!

We had a surprise visitor at Appy Entertainment’s Secret Worldwide
Headquarters on Monday … freelance sculptor Leo Romero of Sculptdude
Productions appeared out of the blue to give us an amazing gift — a hand-
sculpted rendition of Appy him (it?) self!
One of the things we most admired about Leo’s design is how he found a way to
make our 2D character actually stand on his three little legs. That bit couldn’t
have been easy.
And so Appy now lives in the world, for the first time, as a three-dimensional
object! We’d planned to do Appy merchandise sooner or later (and we’re running
some apparel tests right now), but Leo beat us to the punch with this one-of-a-
kind masterpiece.
Thanks so much, Leo! You caught us at a bad time Monday … we were
scrambling around for a press visit from KRAPPS and still wrapping up details of
our first App submission, so we couldn’t afford you the recognition your
monumental gesture deserved. If we’d known what was inside the box you left, we
would have paraded you around the office on our shoulders. Drop us a line and
we’ll have you down to the pub for a beer!
We’ve given Leo’s scuplture the poll position in our new Flickr Appy In The Wild
Gallery. If you have any photos of Appy captured in the wild, or original art
featuring Appy, zip it over to us and maybe we’ll add it to the gallery. Childish
scrawls drawn on lined notebook paper? Of course! Tatoos? If you must. Shots
of Appy in unlikely or famous places — definitely!
Press Releases

FALLBROOK: Film fest awards are original work of local sculptor
Leo Romero created pieces from acrylic resin

By TOM PFINGSTEN - Staff Writer | Wednesday, April 22, 2009 7:08 PM PDT

FALLBROOK ---- When the second Fallbrook Film Festival culminates Sunday
night with an awards ceremony for best picture, best directing and other
honors, the winners will each take home a little piece of Leo Romero's

Romero, who has lived in Fallbrook for 10 years, turned out a batch of eight
acrylic awards in the shape of film strips for this year's festival, which begins
Thursday with a 7 p.m. screening the Mission Theater, 231 N. Main St.

"It's not something you could just buy off the shelves," Romero said Tuesday,
while sitting at a sculpting table in his southwest Fallbrook home.

Romero sculpted the curved pieces by pouring resin into a flexible silicon mold
inside a plaster casting. Once set, he peeled away the mold, and out came an
early version of the awards that will be handed to a half-dozen filmmakers
whose work judges considered to be the best at this year's festival.

Each piece has the basic S shape and rectangular holes made to look like a
snippet of film, but each one has slight differences that hint at its handmade

"It takes a lot of time to sand them, because they come out pretty rough-
looking," he said, adding that he used 12 different grades of sandpaper ----
from coarse to fine ---- in order to polish the pieces.

Brigitte Schlemmer, who helped organize this year's film festival, said she
enjoys being able to provide award winners with a unique piece of local art.

"I like that they're produced locally ---- we didn't just go to the store and buy
some run-of-the-mill object," Schlemmer said. "He built a custom mold for it
and does each single one by hand."

Tickets to the various screenings Thursday through Sunday cost $5 and are
available at the Mission Theater box office, (760) 731-2278. The Sunday
afternoon award ceremony is free.

Romero said his concept of an award that would characterize the festival was
an elegant item that filmmakers would be proud to display in their studios.

"I just wanted something simple that didn't need a base and could just sit up
on a shelf somewhere," said Romero, a sculptor by trade who makes figurines
and prototypes for companies.

A host of dental instruments and Popsicle sticks sat at one end of a folding
table Tuesday at Romero's house, and a magnifying glass and work light
rested nearby.

Other current projects were perched on a nearby windowsill, tokens of
Romero's long career in freelance sculpting.

As the sculptor who formed the awards, Romero is one of a few people ----
including the employees at a local engraving shop ---- who know which films
have been chosen to win awards in each of the six award categories.

He said he enjoyed last year's inaugural festival, which took over downtown
Fallbrook for three days in April.

"There was a lot of excitement out there," Romero recalled. "I like the
atmosphere, and I've always wanted to be involved in a film festival."

At the Sunday evening ceremony, which begins at 3 p.m. at the Mission
Theater, awards will be presented for best narrative feature, best narrative
short, best documentary feature, best documentary short, best animation and
best student film.

Two of Romero's plaques will be presented to Fred Willard, who is receiving a
career achievement award, and Dick Ziker, who is receiving a "Spotlight
Tribute" award for his work as a Hollywood stuntman.

Schlemmer said this week's event will be staged with the help of about 50
volunteers, many of whom work with the nonprofit Fallbrook Film Factory.

Romero is a member of the film factory, and Tuesday he recalled his first gig
on a film: "I was like a boom operator" on a production by local filmmaker
Ronald Shattuck, he said.

"I just feel lucky to be part of the group," Romero added.

Even though he hasn't tried his hand at directing, he hinted at a form of
filmmaking that would be right up his alley as a sculptor: "claymation," a stop-
motion style of filming that involves sculpting clay characters and changing
their appearance slightly for each frame. When played back, the sculptures
appear to move.

"I know what I want to do ---- it's all in my head, and I've written some of it,"
Romero said without elaborating on plot lines or characters. "But I've got to
pay the mortgage first."
                       Sculptdude Productions