Theme Parks and Entertainment
I have been interested in the design and creation of Theme Parks and Entertainment Destinations for as long as I can remember. My professional contributions have been as an employee of Universal Creative and Landmark Entertainment Group in many capacities from Model Builder to Show Designer. On this page are two examples of the shows that I worked on. As an employee at Universal Creative I had the concept for the redevelopment of the “Ice Tunnel” on the Tram Ride at USH to become the recreation of the climatic lava tunnel from the film “Dante’s Peak”.
While at Landmark I was the Show Designer on an attraction called “Planet Space” for a park called “Space Neotopia.” which was planned to be built in Japan.
Throughout my career I have also been fascinated by the history of amusement parks. In my book “There Once Was A Placed Called P.O.P.” I thoroughly researched the complex and eventually created 40 illustrations of the late great Santa Monica amusement pier “Pacific Ocean Park” These are a sample of the illustrations. . I also contributed a lot of research for another book “Pacific Ocean Park The Rise and Fall of Los Angeles Space Age Nautical Pleasure Pier,” from Process Press.
“Dante’s Peak Lava Tunnel” which was a re-theming of the “Ice Tunnel” attraction on the Tram Tour at USH. This show was created in regard to the film “Dante’s Peak” Unknown story board artist.
“Planet Space - Pod Boarding Area” from the virtual reality ride at Space Neotopia. These pods were launched from the base and to the planet of the riders choice. This illustration was created by artist Syd Mead
“Planet Space - Conceptual Layout” for the virtual reality ride for “Space Neotopia.” I think these drawings are by Greg Damron
“Pacific Ocean Park: International Promenade” Through my research I was able to recreate the main shopping area of the park in Acrylic on board. More of the illustrations from this series are available at http://rippop.com/galleries/gallery-2
“View of the Midway of P.O.P.” Acrylic on canvas. More of the illustrations from this series are available at http://rippop.com/galleries/gallery-2
“Night View of P.O.P.” charcoal and pastel on paper .More of the illustrations from this series are available at http://rippop.com/galleries/gallery-2
“Birdseye View of P.O.P.” acrylic on canvas. More of the illustrations from this series are available at http://rippop.com/galleries/gallery-2
“P.O.P. King Neptunes Courtyard” Acrylic on canvas. More of the illustrations from this series are available at http://rippop.com/galleries/gallery-2