Irecently had the extraordinary opportunity to visit the fine folks at Distortions Unlimited. While on vacation in Denver, CO, I was able to convince my wife that I needed to spend a day touring their facility. Ed Edmunds and Marcia
Taub-Edmunds — the owners of Distortions Unlimited —
were gracious hosts and allowed me virtually unlimited
access. The entire staff was helpful and cooperative,
and answered all my questions without hesitation.
Their willingness to share methods and techniques was
I found the staff gathered around a table when I
arrived for my tour — just like when I used to watch them
on their Travel Channel show, Making Monsters (Figure 2).
Unfortunately, not everyone pictured was here when I was.
I missed seeing Adam and Ryan Taub (yes, the kids are
involved too) — the video, graphic design, and production
duo. Oh well, I may need to go back for another visit!
I was familiar with the products they produced, but like
so many other fans, I first got to know them through
watching them on the TV series which began in 2011. As
creators, we are always looking for new inspiration and this
show certainly delivered it! They not only allowed us behind
the scenes to see the entire build process, but granted us a
peek into their lives.
Unlike other TV reality shows I have seen, this one’s
primary focus was not on the “drama,” but was centered
on the promised title of Making Monsters. The show was
both instructional and entertaining — a rare commodity on
TV these days. I miss the opportunity to satisfy my prop
building fix each week, even if I was only watching the
show instead of building myself!
Although the series is no longer on the air, you can still
find episodes on Amazon and You Tube (see Resources). If
you would like to see more of the adventures that happen
in this magical place, I suggest you check them out.
Where It All Started
Distortions Unlimited has been in the Halloween
amusement and animatronic business since 1978. Ed has
come a long way from his early mask making days to now
October is here — my favorite time of
year — and Halloween is just around the
corner! I thought it would be the
perfect way to celebrate the holiday by
showcasing one of the top prop shops
in the country (Figure 1).
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Figure 1. Nothing says Halloween like pumpkins!
Figure 2. Gathered around the strategy planning table.
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By Steve Koci