Face Off Season 7 Episode 2: The Original Gangsters

Published July 30, 2014 by vfdpixie

After the shock of the first episode’s final audition, the artists checked out their cool house, excited for the season and christened themselves by jumping into the pool.

The next day found them on New York St. on the Universal Studios lot.  McKenzie told them these historical back lots were sets for classic gangster films like The Sting and Dick Tracy, which led them to their next Spotlight Challenge:  to create old school gangsters inspired by their nicknames.  In teams of two, they were to choose from items like peanuts, sharks, and tuna to create an over-the-top crime boss inspired by real gangsters.  To advise them before they started was Doug Drexler, an Oscar winner and 17 year Star Trek makeup vet.  He told them to go more than literal with their concepts but not go too far away from the objects.  He would join them again on the reveal stage with the judges.

Barry and Sasha picked a clock which represented Allie “Tick Tock” Tannenbaum.  When it came to concepts, Sasha’s grandfather clock face versus Barry’s rat face theme created a difference of opinions for sure.  Barry won out because Sasha wanted to be cooperative.  Mr. Westmore kind of slammed the concept on his walk-through, telling them that a rat didn’t represent the clock in their gangster name.  They decided to create a time bomb which Sasha worked on.  On the reveal stage, the judges loved the bomb, but that was it.  Lois wasn’t sure if the face was rat or rabbit-like, and the paint job was muddy.  The bomb was the only thing that spoke to the challenge.  They were in the bottom.

George and Cig picked a tuna, which represented Tony “Big Tuna” Arcado.  Their concept was to go big, and use a giant tuna as a bat, which the real life gangster used.  They worked well together, and Cig created a fat suit that provided entertainment (for mainly himself) in the lab.  When the judges got a look at it they loved it.  They thought the placement of weight with the fat suit was really good, and details like gills as rolls of fat, and the “Goodnight” stencilled on the tuna because his victims would be “sleeping with the fishes”.  Lois thought it was “the catch of the day”.  They were in top looks.

Gwen and Drew picked the shark jaw, which was there to honour the premiere of, God help us, Sharknado 2:  The Second One.  Their gangster was Michele ” The Shark” Sindona.  They also worked well together, creating an awesome shark toothed jaw and a harpoon as a weapon.  The judges thought it was really good as the cowl and head blended really well.  They ended up being safe.

Rachel and Vince chose a typewriter which represented Charles “The Typewriter” Nicoletti.  Their concept involved brass knuckles made out of typewriter keys, and names of his victims typed into his skin.  It was an ambitious concept with a lot of detail which ate up their time.  Mr. Westmore warned them that the typed words needed to be legible in the skin.  There was a nice moment where their mold needed some major cleaning, and all the contestants pitched in to help.  The judges also like this concept, but felt that they needed to have a tighter paint job and sculpt.  Over all, it was a solid idea and Doug though it cut a successful figure.  They were also safe.

Dina and Jason went for a peanut, representing John “Peanuts” Tronolone .  Mr. Westmore stressed that their paint job was really important on the peanut head concept.  As always on this show, a mold has to get stuck and crack, and this time it was Dina and Jason’s turn.  It turned out o.k., but their seams were all a mess so they had to work to make the makeup look presentable.  On the reveal stage, it didn’t make much of an impact.  Neville wondered if it was sculpted with a hammer, and it was too literal of an interpretation.  They wanted to see a better paint job as well.  Dina and Jason ended up in the bottom looks.

Keaghlan and Damien picked a truck for Opal “Mack Truck” Long.  They created a unique gangster-truck hybrid with headlights on his hat and a chest piece that looked like the grill of a truck.  The judges liked the paint job and Glenn thought it looked like Boardwalk Empire met The Wiz.  It was a really great concept and my favourite.  I liked the exhaust pipes in the jaw line and cheeks.  They were safe.

Stella and Doc went with needles, representing Leonard “Needles” Gianola.  Mr. Westmore suggested quills coming out of the gangsters fingers, and they went with that idea.  They had a quill skull-cap that didn’t quite blend, so Stella cut a hard edge and used paint to enhance it, hoping for the  for the best.  The judges liked the quills and thought it was a strong character and cool idea even though the hair looked like a swim cap to Lois, and the concept was almost too literal.  They too were safe.

The winning team?  Cig and George with their “Big Tuna” concept.  Glenn said their clever idea, great team work and technique lead to a successful makeup.  Cig was the winner of the challenge for his fat suit design.

Sasha, Dina, Jason and Barry were in the bottom.  The judges felt Barry and Sasha didn’t capture the essence of the gangster name, and that Dina and Jason’s character was uninspired.  In the end, Barry was sent home since the rat concept was his.  All I can say is that I thought Sasha’s design would have been interesting to see, and that sometimes us women can be agreeable so we don’t rock the boat.  I hope she speaks up next time and stands her ground because in this competition, instincts are key!

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