brother, Mod prepare the molds, pour them, and prepare
them for painting. There were poured molds in various
stages of curing everywhere! I wonder how much material
they go through each month?
The number of molds that have been created was
unbelievable (Figure 10). Everything from alligators to
zombies can be found here. Having the opportunity to
wander around and admire all the different creations was
motivating. What could I build if I had access to them?
I Can Make That Happen
In every successful organization, you can find that
person who is always willing to lend a hand to ensure that
any necessary jobs get completed.
Whether it is ensuring that the customers are happy,
making sure props are properly costumed, or an order is
complete and ready to ship on time, Janene Johnson is
available to make it happen (Figure 11).
In high volume times, professional sculptors are
brought in to help. These have included such well-known
talents as Jordu Schell, Mikey Rotella, and John Lorenzia.
Having the ability to draw from such accomplished artists
has allowed for the creation of some amazing characters
Bringing Them to Life
It is not enough to design, sculpt, mold, and pour a
creature; it still must be painted before it is allowed out of
the shop. This job primarily falls to Ed. His skills do not only
include being a fantastic sculptor, but his painting skills are
impressive as well (Figure 13). The electronics then need to
be added to the animatronics in order for them to actually
come to life.
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Figure 11. Janene’s roles include jobs throughout
Figure 10. From body parts to full creatures, Mondo has a
mold for it.
Figure 13. Paint brings life to latex. Figure 12. Guest sculptor, Jordu Schell showing off