Russ Adams : Founder / Creature Creator / FX Artist
An internationally known Special FX artist and Creature Creator, Russ Adams is an award winning special effect artist and founder of Escape Design FX. Self taught, he has 15 years experience in the FX and filmmaking industry.
Russ is the Creature Creator artist in Utah. He has captured the attention of several Hollywood effects artists and studios from Stan Winston Studios, Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, Legacy FX, and more. In 2014, he was selected from nearly a thousand applicants to compete in Season 1 of the SyFy Channel’s newest skill based reality show, Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge.
Russ has developed a wide skill set during his years of experience working within the independent film and theater communities. He has been credited with over a dozen indie films in the United States and many more spanning 8 countries.
Russ is a 10 year veteran of the United States Air Force where he distinguished himself in many fields. In addition to his service, he has earned multiple degrees including a Masters Degree in Literature.
Rayce Bird : Make-Up Effects Director / FX Artist / Concept Artist
Rayce Bird is an internationally known award winning artist. He is involved in a multitude of design projects and innovations. After graduating from the University of Idaho with a degree in Virtual Technology and Design, Rayce went on to compete on national television on the Syfy Channel's highly rated series, Face Off, Season 2. After winning the competition, Rayce has been combining both his degree knowledge and his skills that he used on the show doing special effects makeup and conceptual art for both the film and gaming industry. He is also a design consultant for Adobe Photoshop and has been contracted by the government to design game simulators for training and other cognitive learning projects. Rayce has also been hired to speak at schools and several conventions about his design theories and experiences. Rayce is just beginning his career and has some big projects on the horizon. Rayce's goal is to innovate and recreate the world around him while inspiring others to do the same.
Marcel Banks: LA MUA/ FX Artist / EDFX Instructor
Marcel is an internationally known award winning artist. He is a professional Makeup FX and special FX. Marcel competed on the hit SyFy skill based reality show, FaceOff and set the tone for seasons to come. Marcel has worked his magic on recording artists like Avril Lavigne and Cloud City. His filmograhy includes RIDDICK, American Horror Story, Human Centipede 3, and many more.
Marcel offers a courses in which he shares his knowledge in FX right here at Escape Design FX.
For more information on Marcel's Classes visit www.escapedesignfx.com/classes
Logan Long : Atlanta-based FX Artist
Logan has been an artist of various mediums all his life. In the years following high school, he was a member of the California Air National Guard and worked in post-production on shows such as WEEDS and MadMen at LionsGate Entertainment. As a graduate of International Studies from the University of Utah, he has set his sights on helping Escape Design (and its film partners) achieve success across cultures.
As the team's junior artist, Logan has demonstrated his ability to learn, produce, and excel in the broad world of effects. He has recently acquired and fulfilled multiple contracts with Ballet West, Salt Lake Comic Con, and was credited as Production Designer on the recent feature film, 'Point B'. Logan is also a contributing artist with Hopscotch: Outreach Arts Foundation in Salt Lake City and hopes to strengthen the artistic skills of underprivileged and at risk youth.
Jaymee Kerr : General Manager (Ogden, UT)
The lovely lifeblood of our operation! She handles just about everything.
Staci Lee: Publicist & Public Relations
Most people contacting EDFX encounter Staci before talking to anyone else. Its a good thing too. She much more pleasant individual to talk to, then say Russ. Sorry man!