Universal Studios Hollywood – The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead permanent attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood. We were responsible for the set dressing and props for the entie attraction. Thousands of items, procured, aged/distressed and installed. We additionally created the prop weapons various performers use throughout the attraction, including a shotgun containing a mini smoke generator and led in the barrel wirelessly tied into the show control system to simulate a report from firing.

Westcoaster images courtesy of www.westcoaster.net and taken by Albert Lam @Corkscrewed02

HHN – Ghostbusters Zombie Taxi Driver

We recreated the Ghostbusters zombie taxi driver for Universal Studios Hollywood Halloween Horror Nights 2019.
We sculpted the character around an animatronic skull, molded, cast and painted the skin before dressing it onto a body form and installing in the cab. We also programed the animation for the character via standalone show controller.

Dia De Los Muertos Animatronic Altar

Custom made animated skull, head can tilt up/down, left/right, and the jaw can open and close. Animation was on a loop that could be triggered.
Shadow box also made and painted in-house. Box was lined with small led pin-spots to illuminate the small frames inside the altar.

The Tick Takeover Experience – SDCC17

Flipped car display for The Tick Takeover Experience At San Diego Comic-Con 2017. Started with a blemish-free used car, changed the color to red, removed all fluids, added a roll-bar, flipped and anchored to a 3/4″ steel plate, dented and aged to the client’s specifications, and made safe by removing sharp edges and hazards for guests. Provided engineering drawings and LA city welding certifications per request by the city. Wired and programmed the headlights, turn signals and brake lights to be animated, and plumbed the car for fog/smoke effects.

Delusion-Blue Blade

Contracted for scenic construction, special effects, and specialty props for Delusion: The Blue Blade.
We built out a +10,000sq/ft theater space in West LA into multiple scenes/locations, including a large cave system made from carved foam and an Aztec Temple.
The space had numerous pneumatic and electronic effects and custom props with integrated electronics.

Window Scenery Mover

Custom designed scenery mover for display window at Disneyland.

Knife In The Back Effect

Harness for a knife in the back effect. Knife and mounting plate made for quick disconnect.

Saw – Water Trap

Replication of the Water Trap from Saw franchise for Universal Studios Hollywood Halloween Horror Nights. Welded steel frame, painted and aged. Three-sided acrylic tank allows for performer to put their head inside yet not contact water. The air pump is plumbed into tank to provide bubbles and water movement.

Westcoaster images courtesy of www.westcoaster.net and taken by Albert Lam @Corkscrewed02

Autry Museum- PLAY

Designed and constructed an interactive exhibit for the PLAY! exhibition at the Autry Museum of the American West in 2017. The wall init is constructed of wood and Lexan, and aged to look like reclaimed wood. A crank made from a tricycle wheel can be turned by guests which both drives a belt that spins various vintage toys and appears to be spinning a vintage fan on top of the wall unit. The fan then appears to be blowing various sized kites suspended from an overhead rig comprised of 12 bicycle wheels acting as pulleys in a belt system. In reality the crank has an encoder on it being fed into a PLC-based control system. The fan and overhead kite system are driven by stepper motors which we can set specific ramp up and down times with a max speed limit for the over achieving child.

We also designed and constructed some themed switches and inputs for other areas of the exhibit. An erector set themed crank which enabled nearby motorized vintage erector sets to move when rotated. We also made an over-sized back-lit vintage tv channel knob which changed the channels on a nearby wall of TV’s. It was machined from aluminum and hard anodized.


Saw- Knife Chair Trap

Replication of knife chair trap from the Saw franchise for Universal Studios Hollywood Halloween Horror Nights. Chair is wood, frame is steel, knives are cnc cut delrin. Wrist restraints designed to allow performers easy entry and exit, knives are all spring-loaded so they have resistance when the performer puts their face through them.

Westcoaster images courtesy of www.westcoaster.net and taken by Albert Lam @Corkscrewed02