BOULDER (AP) If you havent seen what Glenn Grassi the Erie man whose tiny house on wheels made national headlines last year has been up to lately, youll find out soon enough.
Thats because Grassis latest creation, a macabre series of theatrical sets for a Colorado monster-making company, will make an appearance on the second season of Travel Channels popular series Making Monsters.
The show is scheduled to air this fall.
It didnt seem like much of a stretch at all, said Grassi, who has been designing and building theater sets for two decades. Ive probably seen just about every horror movie made in the past 30 years. Im a pretty dark person.
So when monster and haunted prop maker Distortions Unlimited of Greeley asked him to create the backdrops for a ghoulish cemetery, a psychotic automotive garage and a creepy alien autopsy room for its display at a recent Transworlds Halloween, Costume and Party Show in St. Louis, he jumped at the chance.
But the turnaround would have to be quick. And the budget, at $2,500, dictated that Grassi would have to be resourceful.
From the day that I said yes, I had 20 days from the moment I started to the day the truck picked everything up, he said.
Grassi worked out of an empty hangar near the Erie Municipal Airport without heat or running water, cutting, nailing and painting material into horror sets for Distortions multiple animatronic monsters, mummies and mad men.
The sets were on display at the massive horror trade show last weekend.
As with the 84-square-foot house on wheels that he made out of recovered materials he largely gleaned from ReSource Yard in Boulder, Grassi created his horror sets with used wood and metal.
I told (Distortions) that what I was going to build was going to depend on what I found, he said.
Ed Edmunds, co-owner of Distortions, said he loved the fact that Grassi used recycled materials and was able to construct such elaborate sets based on almost no guidance from the company.
The guys a pro he just kind of winged it, Edmunds said from inside Americas Center in St. Louis. Hes got talents that we dont have. He has that theatrical eye.
Which means the companys vomiting pig-faced farmer-demon gets to be in a familiar barn-like setting, complete with old tools and implements Grassi found. Nearby, Distortions zombies and a beast-mouthed old woman it created wander around in a Grassi-made cemetery, with mausoleum at center stage and trees coated in spider webs.
A crew from Travel Channel is documenting Edmunds company for Making Monsters, and Grassi will likely be the beneficiary of more national exposure. The 42-year-old Erie resident hopes its just the tip of the iceberg in terms of his larger ambitions.
For starters, he wants to audition for HGTVs Design Star competition show. The winner gets his or her own show on the network.
I want everyone to know who I am, at least in the design world, Grassi said.