Ted Haines was born far from Hollywood, in a small town in Wisconsin. He spent his early years, like most young Wisconsinites, eating cheese curds and bratwurst, shoveling snow and cheering on the Green bay Packers. In 1977, when Ted was only nine years old, his future was set for him. Star Wars opened that year and changed him forever. From that point on Ted ate, slept, breathed everything film, monsters and model building. He was determined to make a living in Hollywood. This determination led to a childhood spent cutting up couches for foam material and nearly burning down his ancestral home.
Ted practiced and developed his artistic skills all through his school years and as a never-ending hobby in his parents basement. He created masks, props, molds, costumes, sets, creatures, miniatures and anything else needed for short films he shot using super 8 film. Not long after graduating high school Ted took the leap and drove the two thousand plus miles to Los Angeles. As soon as he arrived in town he started knocking on as many doors of creature fx shops he could find and quickly landed a job with John Buechler's MMI studios. Later, showing his portfolio to Alan Scott at the Stan Winston Studio, Alan declared, "Why, you're a foam fabricator!" Ted didn't know there was a term for what he did. He was simply making creatures the only way he knew how. Ted has since worked at well over two dozen shops including five years at the KNB EFX Group, six years with Steve Johnson's Edge FX and now nine years with Stan Winston Studios and Legacy Effects combined.
Ted Haines has now been professionally creating special creatures, costumes and props for nearly twenty five years and has worked on well over 300 films, television shows, commercials and music videos. Some of his projects include: THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN, PULP FICTION, CAT IN THE HAT, FROM DUSK TILL DAWN, WYATT EARP, JINGLE ALL THE WAY, WAR OF THE WORLDS, ZATHURA, IRONMAN, 300, SCREAM (1 - 3), BLADE 2, SPIDER-MAN 2, THE VILLAGE and WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE to name only a few.
Ted had also had the opportunity to hone his craft working on some of the most iconic commercial campaigns of the mid-to-late 2000's, from BURGER KING to CHEF BOY-R-DEE. Though Ted likes the glory of seeing his name in the credits of feature films in theaters, he prefers the constant challenge and creativity of commercial work. It's something different every week and keeps him honing his craft and finding solutions to problems of schedule, budget and aesthetics creatively. Bottom line, for Ted, it's just more fun that way.
Ted continues to love what he dreamt of doing when he was just a nine-year old kid and he sees no end in sight.