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Face Off Season 6 Finale: Aliens at the Disco!

Published April 23, 2014 by vfdpixie

And here we are!  The Face Off Season 6 Finale!  The three remaining artists worked their fingers to the bone to get to this point.  The judges recapped the strengths of each of the artists:  Tyler had a large frame of reference that made his concepts and designs incredible; Rashaad was an “amazing painter”; and George was a sculptor extraordinaire.  These qualities were going to make it hard to pick just one winner.

The guys got a surprise from back home:  a Skype session with their loved ones.  George saw his sweet wife’s baby bump and she gave him an emotional message of love and encouragement.  Rashaad also got to see his lovely girlfriend’s baby bump and heard about his adorable and naughty son, and Tyler got a pep talk from his proud parents and cute dog.  It was a well needed boost for them to go for the big prize and give the final challenge their all.

For the last challenge of this “Season of Extremes”, McKenzie took from shows like Star Trek, Babylon 5 and Defiance which all introduced fans to new alien races.  The artists were to create 2 rival alien races inspired from a choice of constellations McKenzie provided them with.  These makeups also had to withstand a dance performance at an “underground dance club”.  As an added surprise, D.J. and music producer Rusko appeared.  He was going to provide the music at the performance, and since he uses laser lights for his shows, called for the artists to incorporate lights into their designs and makeups.  And of course, the finalists got to create their makeups with a team of their former contestants.

Tyler chose the Leo constellation.  His concept was light vs. dark, a gentle, elegant and peaceful female against an aggressive, darker male.  With his team of Graham and Chloe, they got to work.  Mr. Westmore liked his idea to use dreadlocks as an alien light mane for the male creature and suggested Tyler create a muzzle for the face.  He became stressed out when the face sculpts weren’t ready for molding.  He had many factors to consider, so to speed things up, he and Chloe sculpted while Graham cranked out the molds.  Tyler felt confident going into the performance.  I thought they were really beautiful makeups and performed well.  The judges thought the teeth were “wild”, and loved the paint job and chest form on the male character.  They also thought the male chest looked like a functioning organic armour, and Neville loved the placement of the female’s nostrils.  They loved the female iridescent paint job and male sculpting and the “incredibly successful” lighting.  To them, it was a cohesive makeup.  They thought he had been strong all season, and was a “visionary”.

Rashaad picked Ursa Major for his constellation, and for his team, Daran and Cat.  He came up with a bio-luminescent female and a male who hunted them for their light.  Mr. Westmore warned him that his paint job should project from afar so you could see detail.  When molding time came, his key piece for the female face didn’t set properly and had to be left to dry overnight.  The opened mold revealed a slightly scarred prosthetic that he worked with.  The end result was beautiful and really colourful.  I thought the female was stunning and “outshone” the male during the performance, and was worried the judges wouldn’t get his back story, but they loved his creations.  They thought the female face lighting was “celestial”, and raved over the male creature’s colours.  Ve pointed out that the scars on the female character that Rashaad was about to faint over were successful, and her lighting design and integration was excellent and the strongest out of the bunch.  They also thought the male definitely looked like a rival.  For them, Rashaad got stronger every challenge, and was in the bottom only once throughout the whole challenge.

George got the Cetus constellation and worked with Niko and Corrine.  He went for an aquatic theme, with a light source coming from both the character’s chests.  The red light he incorporated was their source of power from a dying red star.  Mr. Westmore advised him to make the female’s lips more pretty and feminine.  After dealing with some major ripping with his face appliances, he rushed with the paint job, which he was not happy with.  I thought the sculpting was stunning, but didn’t like the uniform look of the paint.  The judges loved the complicated sculpt (especially on the male), the “extraordinarily subtle” lighting, and the “awe-inspiring” forms.  They did say that the character didn’t look like rivals due to the similarity of their colours, and some of the paint obscured the light features on the male.  The judges agreed that George had been a consistent sculptor who was gifted with the knowledge of anatomical forms.

I have to comment on the performance.  D.J. Rusko played his hit “Lift Me Up” as the alien races floated in the dark to the infectious beats.  I love electronic music, so this was right up my alley.  The makeups looked great, but my favourites were Tyler’s creations, and Rashaad’s female alien.  I loved seeing the artists flip out over how good their aliens looked on stage as they boogied to that big tune.  Oh, and the artist for the back-up dancers? Daran’s sharp eye caught Greg Cannom creating their alien looks, a veteran SFX artist who has won 3 Academy Awards and worked on a long, long list of productions like Titanic, Mrs. DoubtfireThe Watchmen, and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl to name a few.  I love this show for all the surprise guests!

The judges were thoroughly impressed and loved the amount of work and detail that the artists put into their designs.  So who was the big winner?  Rashaad!!!  I was so happy!  I knew he had it in him to win!  He stayed focused and even-keeled through the whole competition,  really improved and took guidance well, and was just a stand-up guy.  He wins $100,000, a V.I.P. trip to one of Kryolan’s international locations, and a freaking Fiat 500!  This was by far my favourite season because of the attitudes of the artists and the incredible work they created.   I also think Rashaad, George, Tyler, and the rest of the artists this season are big winners because they all came out as friends.  Congrats dude!  You deserve it!!


Face Off: Season 4 Episode 10: Alien Love Children

Published March 20, 2013 by vfdpixie

Well here we are.  The episode before the finale, and the pressure on!  Anthony thought he was going home last elimination, and Kris knows they all have to bring their A game.  Who knew the “A” would stand for alien?

I was really excited about this episode, “Alien Apocalypse“, and challenge for slightly selfish reasons.  The guys had to choose 2 mutant species and create a hybrid offspring. The aliens they chose from were Liberata, Volge, Sensoth, BioMan, Mutant and 99er. These species come from the new show and game Defiance, filmed right here in my hometown, Toronto!!!  The show takes place 35 years in the future, after years of war between aliens and humans. Seven races of aliens must live side by side with humans in the frontier town of Defiance.  Kevin Murphy, the executive producer and co-creator of the show, came to reveal a surprise to them.  After they made their choices, the guys were sent to Toronto to visit the set of the show!  All except Eric F. came to my fair city, as he had to deal with a family issue.  They got to meet one of the characters from the show, watch as Alan Cooke, the key prosthetics artist apply a makeup, and be on set as a scene was being shot.  I love my city, and I really hope the guys enjoyed their visit here.  Toronto is home to many talented make-up artists (some of them my friends) and many film and t.v. productions.  I’m sure the finalists will find themselves back in Toronto in the future!

Anthony picked a Liberata and Mutant to create a grotesque creature with mainly a Liberata structure.  Kris combined a BioMan and Mutant to design something with the eyes and teeth of mutant to show how the hybrid spoiled the BioMan’s gene.  Wayne went for a Liberata and a BioMan to give us a creature with a BioMan base and the nose of a Liberata.  Finally, Eric F. ended up with a 99er and a Sensoth.  It was not his first pick, and even though he was confounded and bummed out about his two species, he managed to come up with as he called it, “Harry and the Hendersons meets Robocop”.  Priceless! By the time day 1 ended, Eric started to like his design as it came together. The theme of their work ethic was pretty much the same:  go for broke with their designs as the goal was clear:  they could all use the prize money!

All the guys were plagued with time constraints, clay stuck in their molds, and all but Anthony were reluctant guests to what Eric called “the polyfoam party”.  None of the contestants wanted to go that route as this material restricted movement and they just didn’t like how it worked.  Unfortunately due to lack of time, polyfoam was their only choice.  Kris’s appliance also ripped terribly, so he had to scramble to repair it as best he could. And Wayne, Wayne, Wayne!!! Once again, he was stuck doing an entire paint job during last looks, in fact, he expected to go home, with a defeated “Oh well…” when their time was up in last looks.

At the elimination, the guest judge was Michael Nankin, supervising producer of Defiance, as well as C.S.I., Caprica and Battlestar Galactica.  Wayne got nailed for his paint job (again) with Glenn commenting that it looked like it was applied with a baseball bat.  They thought the paint made the design look mediocre, but Glenn thought the lips, nose, skull and shoulders were good, and Ve liked the back and found it cohesive.  Michael Nankin liked the bulge on the head.  Anthony’s Liberata/Mutant hybrid got high marks for best morphing of characters, best paint job and was the most complete look.  Michael also said it would work for the show.  Kris got props for the cool vibe and scary, off-putting  look  from Neville and Michael, Ve thought it was a bitchin’ character but wanted more attention to the paint job.  Glenn thought it was anatomically atrocious, and Michael thought the design should have been elevated above a generic mutant.  Eric F.’s creation was to Michael disturbing in the right way, but felt the hybrid of species was not blended enough.  Glenn liked that the character told a story and said Eric made big strives as an artist.  Neville thought it was great and there were elements of sophistication in his work.

Anthony was the winner!  The judges thought he did a great job of creating a hybrid and the makeup had character in the face.  There was a bonus prize too!  Anthony gets a chance to shadow the makeup fx team on the set of Defiance!  How cool is that?!   The next finalist was Kris.  Although they were conflicted about his last makeup, the judges felt the essence of the character came through and he had been a strong competitor all season.  Lastly, Wayne made it to the finale.  They felt his sculpting was the best part of his work, and so it gained him a spot.

I am so sad to see Eric F. go!!  The judges said they saw him evolve on the show and look forward to seeing his work in the future.  I think he is a talented, funny, charismatic dude who will definitely go far.  I also hope he knows that he didn’t let his family down at all and I am positive they are proud of him.  I am proud of him, for the love of Pete!  He showed so much enthusiasm and you could see how much he loves what he does.  And Eric, don’t worry about not winning, because the exposure on the show is money dude!

I will turn off all my phones, close the doors, and shutter the windows to prepare for the finale of Face Off.  I think it’s going to be a nail biter for sure!!

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