The finale finally arrived, and after some encouraging words from their loved ones, the three remaining artists got ready to do their best work yet in order to win the competition.
When they got to the lab, they were met by McKenzie and the Face Off TV crew. It was a clue for their next challenge, which would have them work with a director and crew to create three short films on location. This was the challenge I was waiting for! the three finalists were excited, and even more so when they found out who the director would be-none other than Face Off royalty, director and special effects makeup artist Patrick Tatopoulos, my other TV crush. The artists would pick from three scripts: The Prey, Resurrection, and Quarantine Zone, and would have to create two drastically different characters. Patrick would have cast, storyboards, and instructions for the different colours and textures of each film. The artists would also get a film test before shooting, so Patrick could see what needed to be tweaked with the makeups, giving the contestants a chance to have a camera-ready look. Like every finale challenge, they would have the help of former contestants.
Evan picked Stevie and Kevon. They would work on the Quarantine Zone script. His characters were infected with a virus. The female wanderer character was to have a subtle makeup revealed slowly, and the male was to have a more advanced stage of infection. Evan wanted to create an exoskeleton for the male character, but he realized the looks weren’t cohesive, so his team started over. After worrying about a deep crack in his cowl which ended up being fine, he didn’t like what he had to offer. When they went for the screen test, Patrick pointed out the colour of the female was too dark and she looked too healthy. The male character needed some flesh toned paint and a more human appearance. He also disliked a snuggle tooth and wanted some hair on the male infected. Evan had some work to do but was glad he had a second chance.
Ben picked Resurrection. He had Jordan and Scott on his team. The story for his film was an alien priest who resurrects an ancient creature. The contrast between the characters would be a sleek priest and Neanderthal version of him as the creature. A fire would be the light source, so Ben wanted the priest to have a glowing look. Scott would sculpt the creature and Ben took on the priest. Jordan created a scarab that would tie the two characters together. Ben was exhausted and ran out of time so they had to do a full paint job in last looks. Patrick wanted the creature’s eyes lightened, and his back painted properly. He also wanted something more for the priest’s mouth.
Nora worked on The Prey script, with Meg and Jasmine on her team. She created a human prey and a big, organic tree-like hunter. She had moments of doubt once again, but Meg supported her and they carried on. The prey character was a full body paint job, and the hunter ended up being too red, so they had to fix the paint job. On screen, she was told to bump up the hunter’s moss and green tones, and Patrick liked the prey. She only had minor adjustments to make.
After the screen tests, McKenzie revealed yet another twist for the finale challenge. During a major production, there is always a chance for the script to change. In their case, there would be a third character added, so once again, we are left with a cliff hanger as the last part of the finale gets under way next week!