Arizona Illustrated: Quin Davis

Special effects creator Quin Davis represents an endangered type of cinematic artist. In a cluttered warehouse studio on Tucson's West side, he crafts bone-chilling illusions by shaping latex and greasepaint using his hands and an abundant imagination. Movies have always depended on special effects to bring thrills and excitement to audiences. The artists who create these effects have much in common with magicians, sharing secret methods and time-honored techniques that, when skillfully applied, are invisible to the untrained eye.