Meet The Team
Head of Manufacturing and Engineering
Has been working in film & tv, live and themed entertainment for over 15 years. Notable past experience includes a formal education in fine art and engineering, rigging and metal fabrication at Cirque Du Soleil – Iris, and fabrication and special effects at Universal Studios Hollywood. Marcus uses that experience to lead and work alongside our talented fabrication team to take projects off the concept page and bring them into the physical world.
Co-founder, Creative Director
Keiko blends the creative with the analytic. With a BA degree in Sociology, an MFA in writing/critical studies from CalArts, and 20 years of training in technical theater and fine art, she’s able to take a script and create a visual story fabricating details that feel authentic to the characters, time period, and culture of the project. She worked freelance as a producer, set designer, and stage manager for theatrical productions around LA. She also production designed for brands, such as, Nestle and Bob Evans, and was prop master for The Fluffy Movie. In 2012 she began working at Creature Effects gaining experience in special effects fabrication, and soon after teamed up with Marcus fabricating special effects props for immersive, themed entertainment, film and television projects, such as, Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights, Lego Masters, Strange Angel, MasterChef, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, and Thinkwell Group.
Head of Design and Marketing Strategy
With over a decade of experience in the Themed Entertainment Industry, Matts passion for art, design, storytelling and miniature model making has inspired him tremendously throughout his career. While earning his BA in Set and Exhibit Design from the Art Institute of California – Hollywood, he developed his love for the design process and creative problem solving that goes into each project. This passion has led his career down many different paths. After bringing to life some immersive worlds for Universal Studios Hollywood such as the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Halloween Horror Nights, Lunar New Year, and Grinchmas, as a Production Designer and Art Director, Matt then spent some time at the edge of the galaxy working on Star Wars – Galaxy’s Edge at the Disneyland Resort. His passion for the work, strong work ethic and the ability to develop a project from conception to realization has not only led him to work one some amazing projects but has given him the opportunity to collaborate with some amazing people.
Consultant – Head of Art and Creative Solutions
Rob Tintoc is a multidisciplinary designer whose work spans theatre, event design and live entertainment, with a strong belief in developing innovative experiences that are both magical and memorable. For the past decade, his primary focus has been in themed entertainment, where he has provided art direction from conception to realization on a multitude of projects as a Production Designer in the Entertainment Department of Universal Studios Hollywood. You may have enjoyed some of his designs from such experiences as Grinchmas, Lunar New Year, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure, Halloween Horror Nights R.I.P. Experience, WaterWorld, Universal’s Animal Actors and many more. Rob holds an MFA in Theatre and Dance Design from The University of California San Diego and a BFA in Theatre Design and Technology from The University of Evansville.
Head of Technical Direction and Business Relations
Aaron comes from a background in production working as a show director, producer, and technical director. He worked with the Entertainment Production group at Universal Studios Hollywood for four years. He began supervising maze installations for Halloween Horror Nights before ultimately becoming the Assistant Technical Manager of the entire project. Along with several other technical management positions for various projects including the Grand Opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, this led to working as the Technical Manager for some of Universal’s other marque events such as the park’s Lunar New Year celebration, featuring the world of Kung Fu Panda. Before moving on from his career at Universal, Aaron worked with the Technical Services group at the park to develop the existing talent in the team toward management and execution of full themed scenic installations, including two acclaimed mazes in Halloween Horror Nights 2019; Ghostbusters and Us.
Since his time at Universal, Aaron has worked as a Project Manager at The Jim Henson Creature Shop focusing on bringing the iconic work of the legendary puppet fabricators to live audiences in theme parks around the world.
Aaron’s passion for production and entertainment comes from his own insatiable desire to see the stories he loves come to life. This has taken shape in his own craftsmanship as a carpenter through his unending backlog of personal projects including prop replicas, costumes, and his own brand of interior design – which you may find to hang heavy on raw woods and movie memorabilia. Although his is a passion engaged by the art of stories that we know and love, it is a passion driven by ambition to find the stories that have yet to be found; the stories that have yet to be heard; and the stories yet to be seen.
Consultant – Head of Research and Business Development
Experienced in assembling and managing the resources to ensure that milestones are delivered on time, and on budget. Marina’s diverse background experience provides valuable input and a unique perspective. As part of an innovation group, she co-created and produced the Comcast NBCUniversal series of branded hackathons throughout the United States and in the UK. She also project managed/spearheaded several Halloween Horror Nights’ technology initiatives.
Her organizational and project management skills enable her to juggle multiple initiatives and prioritize based on urgency and value to the business whilst overseeing project development and inbound client relations.