Things got rolling with another Foundation Challenge this week and the prize was the coveted immunity status. This time McKenzie had a series of alien landscapes for the artists to use in order to create their own retro alien. They had to think Lost in Space and Star Trek as references, and who better to advise them than their mentor Mr. Westmore, who has been Star Trek’s alien designer for decades. He told them that in the 60’s, there was no time for intricate appliances so the artists of days gone by used patterns and stencils. He wanted them to be imaginative to find that retro vibe.
They came up with some interesting aliens, and Mr. Westmore liked Evan’s Avatar inspired makeup as well as Jordan for his use of green and orange which mimicked the era. Evan won immunity because of his clean, camera-ready application.
This makeup would be the first step. The Spotlight Challenge would incorporate the Foundation Challenge aliens they created, but this time they would have to evolve the retro alien into a modern aesthetic for today’s movies. They had the evolution of Klingons as their reference this time, and since Ve, Neville, and Mr. Westmore have all created versions of the Klingon over the years, they would be consulting on the evolved concepts. Neville also reminded them that today’s audiences are savvy and they would have to turn up the volume with the realism to create a successful makeup. Oh, and on the walkthrough, Jonathan Frakes from STNG showed up to give a critical eye. And wait a minute! Michael Dorn, Mr. Klingon himself, would be a judge on the reveal stage. It was Star Trek old home day on Face Off!
To make her alien more badass, Meg changed veins into hair and was advised to bring colour up the alien’s body. She had trouble as she was the last one in the mold room, and was scared as she had to use polyfoam for the first time since she was behind. She ran out of time trying to put dreads on the cowl, and had no paint just before last looks. She was terrified and named herself “Queen of the Bottom”. She went into “beast mode” to get her makeup painted, and lucky for her it came together. She created an interesting rebel alien that put her in the safe zone.
Kevon recreated the mountain range of his landscape on the alien’s brow. He wanted to exaggerate them on the evolved alien, and Neville advised him to make sure his forms had a purpose. Jonathan Frakes loved his sculpt, and Kevon went so far as to make prosthetic eyelids that were tricky to apply, but he got them on. His alien was very red, and he noticed how big his head was on the reveal stage, but he was safe.
Jordan decided to go with what he knew, and fabricate most of his space bandit’s makeup. He had just a few face appliances and relied on the paint and costume. Although he was pleased with the fabrication, he noticed on the reveal stage that it looked a little too costume-y. Ve was disappointed with it because it was not cohesive. The judges also thought there was too much fabrication this time and no evident evolution. He was in the bottom.
With his immunity, Evan was on easy street. His bright blue alien would evolve with a sloped cowl and venting at the back of the head. Mr. Westmore and Jonathan Frakes wanted more obvious venting, and he created a great evolution and a nice beauty makeup to boot!
Nora’s alien was brightly coloured and she decided to tone the colour down. Ve told her to be careful of the nose, and Mr. Westmore told her to change the neck of the character. She didn’t really have any problems until the reveal stage, where the cowl slipped and created a large wrinkle that looked odd. The judges noticed this made the eyes look heavy, but despite the technical difficulty she was safe.
Ricky’s blue alien had tentacles that were incorporated into the skull, giving it an asymmetrical look. I liked the colours he used and he was also safe this week.
Ve thought Stevie should cover any modifications on her alien’s prominent brow with hair. Jonathan Frakes and Mr. Westmore had a lot to say about tweaking her sculpt, which meant she had a lot of work do to. She did an intricate paint job that included yellow, purple and plenty of paint splatter. The end result got huge praise from Glenn with the paint job and her technique with her sculpt. Neville thought the forms were alien and authentic and Michael Dorn thought bringing the makeup into the neck was a good choice. She was in top looks.
Ben had a spot of trouble in the first challenge. He tried to mimic the cracked earth of his landscape, and ended up doing a stencil. He didn’t like what he created, so he was glad he had a chance to change it, even though he felt he was “polishing a turd”. Neville advised him to avoid getting too literal with his landscape. The cracks became a membrane that was a filter for the alien, and he scaled back the paint so that it had more humanoid. He felt better with the changes, and the judges loved it. Ve liked the textures on the head, and Michael thought it was a great transition as he got rid of the unnecessary stuff. Neville thought it looked like a big screen makeup. This put Ben in the top looks.
Scott’s alien would become an underground water-dwelling creature. He wanted to make it more feminine with a beautiful profile. Mr. Westmore told him to make the lips less glam, and even though he seemed to run out of time, he gave the judges an alien they gushed over. They loved the symmetry of the cheekbones, and the colours. He was in top looks.
Jason’s bright alien would evolve with more horns to signify status and age. He ran into trouble when his appliances wouldn’t stick to his model and had to move on to paint before he ran out of time. The chin was also coming off, so he camouflaged as best he could with jewels. The judges saw lots of technical errors and what was called a catastrophic sculpt (ouch!). Neville liked the concept and evolution but not the execution. He was in the bottom.
Jasmine’s alien had flat spikes on his face, so she decided to create a 3D look for him. She was stuck with her design, but carried on. She realized in last looks that the sculpt looked worse in the center of the alien’s face. The judges thought the forms were flawed, especially the nose and lips. Surprisingly, she was in the bottom this week.
The winner was Ben! They loved his believable, minimal makeup and convincing transformation.
Jason would be going home. There were too many things that went wrong to overlook, but Neville was confident he would go far.
As always, the challenges can knock even the most talented artists out of the running, or give them a scare as they end up in bottom looks. Hopefully everyone’s A game is on point next week!