A special effects artist reveals her extraordinary design secrets


Orlando, Florida – Tori Fox went from visiting Disney parks as a child to growing up to be an entertainer conjuring up magic in places like Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

Fox, who specializes in stage art and special effects, had an education that included training at the Vocational Academy of Makeup and Prosthetics in Orlando, Florida.

“I learned a lot about mold making, painting. And then from there I sort of went into the performing arts. My career has taken me to a lot of really interesting jobs building stuff with carpentry, fiberglass, because I live in Orlando with a lot of theme park stuff.”

She considers herself lucky to work on projects for iconic locations like Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

β€œIt was cool to see some photos come out and see something that maybe I had a bit of input into, in the background,” Fox said.

In her work, she aims to make people smile and escape their own lives, transported to an imaginary world.

But her imagination was stimulated when she was still just a child. Her parents worked for Disney and she grew up in theme parks, getting a first-hand education exploring theme park experiences.

“Through that, I really got the love of themed environments and the ability to see the costumes associated with that, the props, the sets,” Fox said.

But she holds a special place in her heart for Star Wars, remembering how important theme weekends were at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

“You could see characters walking around, you can see those costumes up close. And the first time around, one of the things I love the most on screen was very tangible to me,” she said. .

Fox has created characters that could fit well into the Star Wars universe, and her favorite is Bubbles, whom she introduces to us in the video.

“Originally, she was just a practice, a scrap post from a mold, something that I didn’t really think was going to turn into anything. But over time, i kept painting her and i started to fall in love with the paint job and in my mind she’s kinda like princess leia from the mon calamari so she’s kind of a rebel resistance leader if you want.

Be sure to watch the video as she shares her design secrets and shows us how to transform a pristine white leather handbag into a weathered futuristic accessory.

“When I think maybe more of my work on landscapes or theme parks, sometimes I don’t want them to think at all. You don’t want anything to be noticed too much. Because so it doesn’t really feel so authentic to them” if they don’t feel completely immersed in that fantasy world, she says.

The idea is to give the guest the impression that he is no longer on Earth.

“That’s where you succeed. And that’s really what it’s all about, isn’t it,” Fox said.



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