(Includes excerpts from the article written by Timothy Guy and published on April 22, 2013 on PE.com)
Riverside resident Eric Fox has turned a hobby of monster making into a full-fledged business and has become a local celebrity in the process.
The SyFy reality show has contestants compete to create creatures and figures using prosthetics and makeup. The show is judged by experts in the Hollywood makeup field including Oscar winner Ve Niell (“Mrs. Doubtfire”) and Glenn Hetrick (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”).
Unlike other competition reality shows that feature verbal fights and backstabbing, Fox’s season of “Face Off” was the exact opposite. Instead of screaming matches, the contestants worked together to help each other. Fox said this was done on purpose.
“Early on in the game, us older gentlemen, we made it very clear to everyone that this is an opportunity to have a really positive and productive experience,” he said in a recent telephone interview. “Not too often do you get this many up-and-coming artists with different backgrounds all in one area. We treated it more like an effects boot camp.”
Experience wasn’t the only thing Fox gained from his time on the show. Wayne Anderson, a fellow contestant, has teamed up with Fox in his Riverside business MORB-X FX.
“He’s one of the best up-and-coming sculptors in the industry,” Fox said. “And I’m jazzed to have him on board.”
The reaction he’s gotten from fans has been amazing, he said. He was stopped numerous times on a recent trip to Disneyland with his daughter. People even come up to him all the time in Riverside.
“All day long! And it’s funny because I love it,” he said. “I have a good sense of humor about it and I do appreciate the fans and stuff. I just think it’s so cool that so many people are interested in art like this.”
Fox said he is able to enjoy the recognition and because his wife and four children have sacrificed a lot in giving him a chance to chase his dream.
People might ask “why Riverside” as a place to open an effects workshop. The answer is simple, said Fox.
“I spent a lot of time in the IE because of a lot of clients,” he said. “A lot of clients are in San Diego, LA and Orange County. Most of my vendors are here in the IE. To me, the opportunity came up to get a place out here. The accessibility, it’s right in the middle of everything.
And there is no place he’d rather be.
“I absolutely love Riverside,” he said. “I plan on making it my home for a long time.”
Fox said MORB-X FX has a lot of exciting things in the works include a “Mortal Kombat” video game commercial, a Steve Aioki music video and a top secret project for a major new video game. Personally he’s also working on a museum piece that’s designed off work by horror icon Clive Barker.
To find out more about Fox and MORB-X FX, check out http://morbxfx.com/