Face Off Season 8 Episode 1: Game Changer!

Published January 14, 2015 by rmpixie

Well, my favourite competition show is back!  No phone calls or evenings out on Tuesday nights!  My butt is firmly planted in front of my T.V. to watch more mold mishaps, bubbled latex and brilliant creativity.

So of course the show started off at full momentum with a challenge but also a big, big change.  The show will be using 3 teams headed by 3 champs from previous seasons as coaches, and these teams as well as their leaders will be competing against each other.  If their team member wins the season, so does the coach.  If all of the team members lose, then the coach gets eliminated.  The champs were Rayce Bird, winner from Season 2, Anthony Kosar winner from Season 4, and Season 3 finalist/Season 5 winner Laura Tyler.  In order for the coaches to pick their teams, the contestants started off with a Foundation Challenge to create a companion for each of the champ coaches winning looks.  They had Rayce’s Cellist, Anthony’s Bioluminescent Creature and Laura’s Earth Goddess to choose from.  Ve Neill, veteran makeup artist and resident Face Off judge was there to give a winning look immunity for their first Spotlight Challenge!  So many twisty turns!

Champs and judges alike were impressed by all the final looks.  Ve thought that Rob did a good job with unusual components and good texture with his wizard that conjured up Rayce’s Cellist, and she loved Darla’s back story of a ballerina whom she felt was a good companion for the same Cellist character.  Darla won immunity because she made good decisions with her clean makeup.  The champs also picked their teams according to what they liked about each team member’s makeups:

Team Laura:  Darla, Julian, Emily, Gregory and Stephanie

Team Rayce:  Adam, Anthony, Rob, Logan and Regina

Team Anthony:  Kelly, Alan, Ben, Daniel and Jamie

After reveling in the Face Off house, the group headed out the next day to Double B Ranch at the Vasquez Rocks, where films like Transformers 2 were shot.  Waiting for them was the lovely McKenzie and… 7 time Oscar winner Rick Baker!!!  Everyone was blown away when they saw him.  I was pleased to hear that one of his favourite creations was Harry from Harry and the Hendersons, because I love that movie!   He was there to help advise and judge the final looks of the Spotlight Challenge, which was to choose an alien crash site staged at the rocks and create two aliens that might have come from the crafts.  Rick wanted to see a clean, well thought out makeup that looked clearly alien, “like Glenn Hetrick”.  What a kidder!

Team Anthony choose a crash site with drills, guns and missiles.  They decided to go with a large masculine alien and his smaller female counterpart.  Rick told them not to just make a helmet, or else it defeats the purpose of an actual makeup application.  They meshed well together and got to work sculpting all their pieces.  Mr. Westmore liked their concept and told them to make the female cowl look cohesive with the male character.

Team Laura chose a site with weird egg pod-like thingys.  They came up with a just hatched alien and one that was older.  Rick told them to create aliens that looked otherworldly but were still recognizable.  Mr. Westmore felt they were on the right track and they too dove into their work.

Team Rayce went for large crystals surrounding a pod crash site.  They wanted to focus on an arachnid/scorpion alien and a more aged water-based counterpart.  One artist, Anthony, worked on the face of the aged alien, and ran into trouble when Mr. Westmore picked apart his sculpt.  He had to redo the whole thing, but felt better after starting from scratch.

The coaches left the teams to work, and the next day at the lab, they were greeted by McKenzie, and monkeys?!!  She had another twist for them.  The space crafts had landed on a world of primates, not Earth.  They would have to choose from the live monkeys in the lab to create a third character!  And what was even worse was that the show ended!  Cliffhanger for the first episode!! What?!!! You mean I don’t even get to see Neville Page?!! *storms off and pouts* Next week better be good!

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