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Face Off Season 10 Episode 14: The Big Finale Part 2 “Sinister Showdown”

Published April 14, 2016 by vfdpixie

The second part of the finale had the artists tweaking their makeups to suit what the directors needed.  Walter and Melissa didn’t have too much more to do, but Rob would have to redo his makeups from scratch.  They had very little time left, but a visit from their loved ones helped spur them on.  Walter’s wife, Melissa’s hubby and son, and Rob’s parents gave them some much-needed support before they went full force to finish their makeups for their films.

The each arrived at the creepy mansion on the oilfield to shoot their scenes, and as noted in the previous post, Jason Blum would be on the reveal stage to help judge the final films and makeup.

Melissa finished her molds on set. She got Johnny to affix the appliances differently so they would hold up to the actor’s sweat.  Melissa bounced between makeups to get everything finished.  On set, the judges thought she hit the right notes for her director John Wynn.  He asked her to add a bit more sheen to the possessed makeup and make the demon eye more gooey.  She was happy with how the makeup turned out and thanked her “Team Badass” for their help.  The film was called Hellhole: The Possession and  the judges thought it was a cohesive makeup and liked the organic elements in the prosthetics.  Jason Blum thought her creativity with the cyclops demon was great and her director thought she did something really different with the concept.

Rob had a lot of work to do.  He needed Anna to do a more simple possession makeup and  he had to get rid of the demon’s horn to make the look more sleek; while Kaleb worked on new shoulder pieces.  On set he was terrified but excited.  Anna blended the prosthetics like a maniac, and Rob came up with a gag to make oil seep out of the demon’s eye.  He was happy with the end result, but was apprehensive about what his director Bryce McGuire would say.  Luckily, he only asked for dust on the demon and to keep the possessed makeup hair wet so the oil wouldn’t cake.  The judges liked the eye gag that worked really well, and Rob was happy with his team and thought it was the best creature he’d ever made.  Neville thought he gave them a classic demon that told the story, and they loved the possessed makeup for the J-horror feel.  Glenn thought Rob focused on the right things, and his director thought he was a stroke of genius.  The film, Hellhole: Dead Earth, took place in 1929, and impressed the judges. Ve also loved the horns that looked like a crown on the demon.

Walter was prepared and ready to get to the film set.  Mel made sure not to overdo the painting this time around, and they all focused on the many details to make the characters camera ready for director Ryan Spindell.  The judges loved the integrated vines in the possession makeup, and thought the demon looked “rad” under the lights.   Ve liked the demon’s boils on one of the biggest makeups on the show, and Neville thought they covered a lot of work.  In the film Hellhole: Dark Harvest, the demon looked great!

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The winner was Rob!  He was grateful for this life changing experience, and was happy to share the moment with his parents.  He walks away with a Fiat 500, $100,000 and a visit to one of Kryolan’s 85 international locations.

If you’d like to check out the films, click here. (Canadian fans will have to watch the full episode here, since the short films will play in the U.S. only…boo!!).

All the finalists were really talented and deserved to be there.  Congrats to Rob! Now we have to wait for the next season to see more crazy challenges and innovative makeups!

Face Off Season 10 Episode 7: “The Gauntlet II”

Published February 28, 2016 by vfdpixie

It was that time again.  The artists were in for a grueling set of foundation challenges in the second Gauntlet Challenge ever on the show.  This happened last year where the artists had 3 challenges to complete in order to test their skills.  An artist would be eliminated from the competition as usual, but this time, winners of Stage 1 and 2 would enjoy immediate safety, as well as a night out on the town.

The first challenge would have the artists create captain characters inspired by mythical ships:  The Egyptian Manjet Barge, The Viking ship Naglfar made from the bones of the dead, the ghostly Flying Dutchman, and the Nautilus from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.  They would also be judged on a certain aspect of the makeup:  a “magnificent”, hand-laid pirate’s beard.

The top two captains were created by Melissa and Walter.  Melissa was ahead of the game, since she’s been making beards for a long time.  She went with the barge and a sun-god, golden character.  The judges liked the great decisions and thought the character was brilliant and told a story.  Walters’s Viking captain worked because he blended the colours of hair and face well, and the beard was clean.  They were both safe.

Pandora’s Box would be the challenge for Stage 2.  In each box, there were three prosthetics.  The artists had to create a cohesive character using these pieces, but not in the way they were intended.  Neville told them to understand the utility of the piece.  They were all pretty creative with their designs, but the standouts were Rob and Robert.  Rob created a ghostly undertaker and used the nose piece as a chin.  The judges liked his smart placement and good colour choices.  Robert’s demon was an interesting combination using the noise piece on the cheeks, the “Spock” ears on her forehead,  The judges liked the great colours and the Kabuki-like look.  Along with Melissa and Walter, they enjoyed a great night out, complete with a limo ride.  They did feel for the remaining four artists though, who would have to endure Stage 3.

The third and final stage would involve the old phrase, ” See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil”.  The artists would have to create three makeups on three models to embody the phrase in a horrific way.

Kaleb didn’t have a concept right away, but eventually came up with demons that would tempt their victims to see, hear or speak evil.  The judges weren’t thrilled with his trio because they didn’t really tell what the challenge was.  It seemed as if the characters actually had their senses.  Ve called them 2 hookers with their pimp, and Glenn thought the high fashion look didn’t work. he was in bottom looks.

Yvonne came up with torturers for a king who were attacked and burned with acid by their victims.  She used a bald cap on one model’s mouth to fuse it shut.  She ended up behind, and airbrushed the paint to speed up her time.  She had so much to do she called last looks “fast looks” since she would be doing most makeups in the last hour.  Even though the paint was a touch flat, it worked for her concept.  The judges loved the true harmony with the characters and the costuming that created a perfect ensemble.  She was in top looks.

Anna made a trio of zombies.  They would have mangled features made from tissue and latex for a bumpy, ripped skin look.  In last looks, one of the faces came loose, but she repaired it in time.  The judges felt the paint was too shiny, and she missed an opportunity to powder down the makeup or add dirt.  the prosthetics also didn’t sit flush with the skin.  She was in bottom looks.

Mel’s idea of post-apocalyptic priests who gave up their senses for God had great impact.  She really worked on the exposed skin and muscle striation as the judges were sticklers for anatomy.  Glenn thought they looked very Hellraiser.  The concept was strong with interesting details that were really creepy.  She was also in top looks.

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The winner was Mel.  The judges just loved that concept fulfilled the challenge and that the characters looked like a whole team had worked on them.  The person going home was Kaleb.  His bold concept was better suited for another challenge.  Glenn pointed out he would have a lot to offer in the future, and Kaleb was proud to have made it this far.

Krampus comes to Suburbia

Published December 8, 2015 by vfdpixie

Krampus

Krampus (2015, 98 mins.)

 

The frenzy and stress of pulling off a perfect Christmas can put a damper on the spirit of good will, charity and the more important things in life.  In Michael Dougherty’s Krampus, we learn there is a price to pay when we ignore these core values of the holiday spirit.

The Engels are stressed out.  Tom (Adam Scott) and Sarah (Toni Colette), have organized an elaborate Christmas spread for their family, including Sarah’s sister Linda (Allison Tolman), her husband Howard (David Koechner), their four rambunctious children, and Omi (Krista Stadler), Tom’s German mother.  In tow is the gate crashing Aunt Dorothy (Conchata Ferrell), who just can’t be pleased.  Presents, food and decorations take the spotlight as they gather for some holiday cheer.  Unfortunately, they argue, toss barbs at each other, and Aunt Dorothy adds a certain acidic spice to the train wreck festivities.  Right in the middle is Max (Emjay Anthony), Sarah’s son, who tells his concerned Omi that he hasn’t sent his letter to Santa yet, sad that his family has forgotten what Christmas is about.  After being ridiculed for his letter by his mean cousins, he rips it up and tosses it out the window.  To his Omi’s dismay, Max unwittingly awakens the sinister Krampus and his nightmare minions who terrorize the family amidst a freak storm.

This pixie loves the legend of Krampus.  I’m sure if I was aware of him as a child, I would have been gleefully terrified and perhaps developed a phobia, but luckily I came across this horned hellion in my old age.  It’s scary, it’s pagan, and it keeps all the shiny happy people in their place during the Christmas season.  With the many Krampus contributions to the big screen, Rare Exports:  A Christmas Tale being my Krampus litmus test, I think this one is a decent effort.

Dougherty, the mastermind behind the Halloween modern classic Trick ‘r Treat, conveys the Krampus legend with a slightly schmaltzy, feel-good message.  He emphasizes the importance of remembering love and family during the holidays, and the film is a mixture of references such as Gremlins, Puppet Master and a touch of Home Alone, but that’s surprisingly o.k.  Despite the routine holiday spirit lesson, the need for a shorter second act, and the slightly predictable ending, there’s an ominous vibe that makes the film really work.  The large cast jibed well off each other, with the comedy star power of Koechner and Ferrell keeping the one-liners sharp and smart. My only wish would have been to see the versatile Collette flex her comedy muscles a bit more.

What Dougherty also does right is the Krampus character design which was simply delightful.  I loved his take on the Yuletide demon with gigantic hooves clomping thunderously through suburbia.  And be sure to pay attention to the evil toys Krampus leaves the family.  Another display of great character design created with both practical and digital effects.  Definitely the highlight of the film.

It’s fair to say that despite a few minor issues, Krampus should be added to your horror Christmas roster.  It’s a ton of fun overall, does justice to a great creepy Christmas legend, and perfect for scaring all the little brats in your life.

 

Face Off Season 9 Episode 5: Gateways and Gatekeepers

Published August 27, 2015 by vfdpixie

This episode we finally got a Foundation Challenge and immunity prize.  Using Rorschach tests as a springboard, the artists had to create their own characters from what they saw in each ink blot.  Their guest judge was Eryn Kreuger Mekash, the multiple nominated, Emmy award-winning makeup artist.  Her advice was to use their creativity and originality, and to look at the shapes and shadows of each ink blot test in order to do a creative makeup.

They all did some great makeups, and most of them saw demons in the ink blots.  The winner was Meg who created a “dirty river mermaid”.  Eryn loved the use of a sea sponge on the model and the paint job.  Meg would be safe this week.

Meg's immunity-winning makeup

Meg’s immunity-winning makeup

 

The Spotlight Challenge was pretty cool.  They were presented with six gateways to alternate realities.  In teams of two once again, they would have to create two characters:  The gatekeeper and whatever they had to keep behind the gates.  They picked their teammates by randomly selecting keys to the gateways and matching them up with each other.

Ben and Jordan went for fawn-like characters.  The gatekeeper held the soul of a soldier of the underworld in her staff.  They worked together on the very first challenge of the season and really meshed, so it was pretty much smooth sailing.  Jordan worked on the male soldier creature and fabricated the helmet and chest piece out of L200, while Ben worked on the female gatekeeper’s headdress.  Ben added antlers on it to make it look more regal.  They really outdid themselves.  I loved the female gatekeeper and the soldier’s paint job was amazing.  The judges liked the female’s nose sculpt, the balanced helmets on both characters, perfect palette and detailed sculpt.  Their duo told a story and put them in top looks.

Jordan and Ben's regal duo

Jordan and Ben’s regal duo

 

Meg and Libby had a medieval looking gate.  They came up with a gatekeeper that kept a boar/hyena creature out of the kingdom.  Libby was concerned from the beginning about her knowledge of animal anatomy.  She also dropped her cowl, and had to repair a dent in the head.  Mr. Westmore told her what to correct in the sculpt, and that left her uncertain and eventually scrapped the boar nose to make it more human.  Meg felt it would make the characters more cohesive.  In last looks, Libby had to scrap the tusks because they  weren’t going on properly, and the design suffered from that.  Their characters were not well received.  The judges saw the errors in anatomy with Libby’s creature, and Meg’s gatekeeper had some arbitrary forms that Neville didn’t get.  They were in the bottom looks.

Meg and Libby's duo

Meg and Libby’s duo

 

Kevon and Scott went for a demon and heroine duo, and Mr. Westmore told them to avoid cartoony details.  They also did a nice job on their creatures, and I loved the work Kevon did on the horns.  Stevie and Evan created a mind controlling alien and her prisoner.  Mr. Westmore told her to adjust the pixie nose, and Stevie blended white and red for the gatekeeper’s skin tone and added a vibrant purple as well.  They had blue lights in their foreheads and were a cohesive set.  Both teams were safe this week.

Scott and Kevon's creations

Scott and Kevon’s creations

 

Evan and Stevie's gatekeeper and her prisioner

Evan and Stevie’s gatekeeper and her prisoner

 

Jason and Ricky decided on a Mayan inspired duo, with a serpent shaman bringing a goat statue to life.  Ricky had sculpting issues and scrapped the large head to be more cohesive with Jason’s work.  His sculpt was taking a long time to finish and he was getting frustrated.  He used UltraCal which Nora pointed out is a natural plaster product, and it took a long time to set, putting them back again with time.  The guys had to run the molds in polyfoam which would limit mobility.  In last looks, Jason had to complete a full makeup in one hour due to many mishaps.  He scrambled with the polyfoam, tearing out the bulk, and uses the headdress to cover mistakes.  The judges weren’t impressed with the snake and felt it looked like it was from The Land of the Lost (I had to agree).  They also felt they makeups looked like masks.  They too were in the bottom.

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Jason and Ricky’s shaman and statue

 

Jasmine and Nora did aliens as well.  The gatekeeper dominated the lower form male.  These two also worked well together, and had a lot of their molds done early.  With some coaching from Jasmine, Nora finished her paint job on the male and was really happy with the look.  They came up with some cool characters!  I loved Jasmine’s alien.  She was just beautiful!  The judges loved the colours, the gorgeous beauty makeup, and the slug-like male alien with an interesting head sculpt.  They were in the top.

Nora and Jasmine's gatekeeper and creature

Nora and Jasmine’s gatekeeper and creature

 

The winning team was Ben and Jordan for their head-to-toe complete characters and cohesiveness.  The winner was Jordan for all the work he did on the male character.  Unfortunately, Libby was going home.  She needed to work on her anatomy knowledge, but she was happy to be overly ambitious and be judged by the pro panel.  She has a great personality and can only grow from being on the show.

 

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