Russ Adams from "Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge" is one of the contestants on the Syfy reality competition series. He is a special effects artist, creature creator and mask maker. He currently lives in Ogden, Utah, but grew up in Jamestown, Pennsylvania. He says, "Understanding literature (enables me to) make more interesting creatures."

Russ Adams owns the studio Escape Design FX. He is so dedicated to his work he often has to be summoned home at night by his girlfriend. When he was a kid, Russ first got into creature creating because his family didn't have enough money for the toys he wanted, so he made them himself, like a Transformer he created out of wood. Russ believes he will win the challenge thanks to 15 years of creature creation and a few "demons in his closet."

Russ is a colorblind artist, but only considers it an issue when identifying human flesh tones. He is used to the quick turnarounds necessary for challenges, as they are similar to his work in indie films. This makes him a very fast sculptor and molder. While he uses servos and radio controls regularly, the thought of intricate robotics puts him on edge.

To Russ, very little would top a job with Henson. After seeing "The Dark Crystal," he was hooked on creatures. He wants to be behind-the-scenes, though, and has no desire to wear a costume as a puppeteer. Russ considers himself good on teams, but his focus, intensity, and military background can be perceived as regimental. His geographical location has prevented him from working at other FX studios. That said, he equates working for Henson like working for any client. With a master's in literature, he prizes storytelling — for this reason he prefers to watch female-skewing movies to horror.

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Age: ∼44 years old
Hometown: Jamestown, PA
Current Residence: Ogden, UT

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