Chris Russell found his love for art, movies, monsters and toys as a child. Chris began drawing and creating as far back as his childhood memories go. Chris’ father was a magician who designed illusions and special effects for haunted attractions. Through his father Chris became interested and involved in entertainment at a very young age. He was lucky enough to get his first job at a magic and costume store around the age of 12 performing magic for customers in the store. Chris went on to perform as The Amazing Christopher throughout his teen years at State fair and carnivals, parties, public and private events. Chris developed a passion for scenic design and attraction building early in life through volunteering at the local haunted attractions, where he also first experienced special effects makeup.
Twisted Toybox was founded when Chris Russell began professionally creating custom high quality collector masks and costumes in the year 2000. Since then he has supplied custom masks, costumes and props for musicians, film, haunted attractions, theme parks and monster collectors worldwide. Chris’ designs are featured in many popular pro haunted attractions across the world. Chris also has designed for several mask and prop companies within the Haunted Attraction industry.
Chris has provided consultant and design services for many attractions as well as educational and instructional seminars sharing his knowledge to help others realize their dreams of creating dynamic art and entertainment. In his 10 year position as Special Effects dept Director at a U.S. theme park he designed and built 5 complete permanent haunted attractions, multiple scare zones throughout the park, sets and props for theme park magic show entertainment, and was also FX Makeup dept lead character and costume designer.
Chris Russell is based in Mississippi and offers services for custom commissioned projects, model and toy design, prototyping and production. Other services include 3D printing and design, both SLA and FDM machine understanding, operation and maintence. Able to make a 3D print protype or complete 3D print post processing, painting and finishing. Chris is available to provide artistic service to fit your needs, even if what you want has not been invented yet !
Chris Russell is available for hands on educational instruction catered to individuals and companies looking to start or enhance current studio work teaching various special effects art techniques. Whether its custom masks and costumes, complete attraction and set design or miniature models Chris can help from concept to execution.