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Face Off Season 9 Finale Part 2: Short Film Frenzy!

Published October 29, 2015 by vfdpixie

After waiting a whole, long week, we finally got to see the second part of the finale.  A third character was added to the three short film scripts the artists chose from last week.  Along with the added character came extra help from former contestants Libby, Jason and Ricky.  The finalists were stressed but they were pumped to work on a film set and rose to the occasion.

Evan added Libby to his team, and Patrick added a mutated infected character to the film Quarantine Zone.  That meant Evan had to rework his infected captive so he wouldn’t look so far gone, and bump up the mutant so he looked grotesque.  Patrick liked the concept for the mutated infected, and they made giant mutant arms for the makeup.  Working on a film set was Evan’s dream, and this challenge was fulfilling it for him.

On set, Evan and his team worked well together to get the mutant painted and finish all the makeups.  When Patrick saw the wanderer, he wanted to remove the coat she was wearing, so Evan had to go in and cover her exposed skin with makeup to make her look dirty and camera-ready.  The judges said they loved the captive’s veins, the mutant arms and how on the ball they were as a team.  Glenn liked how well Evan worked with Patrick.  Ve loved the paint jobs and cohesive characters, and Neville liked that he rethought the characters and managed to pull off the looks.

The cast of Quarantine Zone

The cast of Quarantine Zone


Ben added Jason on his team and they had to create a sacrifice victim that seduces the creature.  She needed to be beautiful and more human-like.  They had lots of pieces to apply, but there was some trouble with the victim.  The edges around her mouth lifted, so they added blood to make the flaw look like a wound.  Ben pre-painted most of the pieces, and although Jason was freaking out about the female character, Ben was happy.  This night shoot was really dramatic by the light of a fire, and the priest and creature got a lot of praise for their cohesiveness and forms, but the judges did notice the issues with the female victim (no victim picture available).

A shot from Ben's short Resurrection

A shot from Ben’s short Resurrection


Nora added Ricky to her team.  She had to create a giant ally for the prey in order for them to trick the hunter.  Nora was really psyched to get her makeups done.  She did a great job controlling every detail, and drew the best out of her team. On set, she had to water proof the makeups due to a last-minute directing decision, but she took it in stride.  Neville loved the giant and thought he was badass, and Glenn loved how the mud and water worked well with the makeup.  It was a great shoot, and Nora got emotional over the whole experience.

The cast of The Prey

The cast of The Prey

The winner was Nora!!  They loved how she worked well on set and how cohesive the giant and prey were.  She wins a Fiat 500, $100,000, and a VIP trip to one of Kryolan’s international locations.

Hats off to all the finalists, and congratulations to Nora, winner of Face Off Season 9!  I’m sure she’ll blaze a trail in the movie makeup world.

I’ll see you here in January when Face Off comes back for a 10th season!

Face Off Season 9 Episode 13-The Finale Part 1

Published October 25, 2015 by vfdpixie

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.

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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!

Face Off Season 9 Episode 12: Creepy Quirky Families

Published October 24, 2015 by vfdpixie

Although the remaining artists were sad to see Stevie go, they were also gearing themselves up to get to the finale.  For their final Spotlight Challenge, they met with McKenzie and her dad, Mr. Westmore on the Universal Studios Backlot in front of the original Munsters house.  We learned that The Munsters was Mr. Westmore’s first T.V. show where he made Herman Munster’s head and Eddie’s ears.

This challenge would be the semi-finals which meant that there would be 2 people eliminated, leaving the final three for the grand finale.  The artists had to create a quirky family member from a macabre family using the Munsters and the Addams family as inspiration.  Mr. Westmore told them to be creative and blend horror and fun when thinking up their character.  The artists chose their family member from gravestones in the yard of the Munster house by placing a rose on the marker.

Evan picked the bully older brother.  He decided to make a mean looking bull-nosed jock.  When Mr. Westmore saw his design, he liked the nose but felt it needed more whimsy and less anger.  He also told Evan not to use wardrobe to convey the concept.  Evan scrapped his sculpt and started over to make a softer version of the face.  He had to catch up with time in order to start his cowl.  As he painted the bully, he realized the paint was the same as his wedding makeup and panicked as he repainted his character.  The judges liked his forms, and concept but felt the paint was too blotchy and the edges around the mouth were rough.  He also covered all his cowl work with a wig.  He was in the bottom looks.

Jordan created a spinster aunt.  She was a meany too, and her nephews got fed up and tied her up with her own yarn, sewing her mouth shut.  He created a nephew from armature wire, cotton and latex, but started to wonder if his makeup was too cartoony.  He toned down the purple makeup with a bit of white, and hoped for the best.  The judges thought “Mean Irene’s” story was good, but she was too much like his other makeups, and the nephew was also unnecessary.   Glenn wanted him to go over the top with the cartoon aspect.  Jordan was also in the bottom.

Nora went for the black sheep cousin.  She went for a cousin that was part of a Satanic cult family, but she was the eternal optimist and a super bubbly goat.  Mr. Westmore told her to focus the paint towards the center of the face.  She also sculpted an evil brow but would contrast it with a cheesy smile.  She really focused on fixing little issues since in the semi-finals, every detail would count.  Her makeup was great!  The judges loved the profile, sculpting and character.  They felt she could have used more transition between the colours, but they were still impressed.

Ben took on the inappropriate uncle.  He went for the archetypical creepy uncle and sculpted a funky nose and low brow.  Mr. Westmore told him to get some whimsy in the design and have fun.  Ben mixed some clay slurry, and applied it with a syringe to create lumpy bumps on the nose for an extra gross look.  He layered colours to get the skin tone right, and knocked it out of the park.  His creepy uncle makeup made the judges cringe (in a good way).  they loved the hairline, ears and forehead, as well as the texture on the nose.  Ve was creeped out but thought it was a great makeup.

Scott got the stern father.  He modeled the makeup after his own father who had passed when he was in high school.  This zombie dad would have a zombie lobotomy so he didn’t crave brains.  He sculpted hands with a bite on one of them, and was pleased with how his edges turned out.  His “Walking Dad” character was a treat for the judges, but they wanted more colour and contrast.

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When it was time to choose the finalists, Nora and Ben made the cut, but the remaining 3 artists would have another hour to apply the critiques the judges gave them.  Only then would they choose the final artist going to straight to the end.  It was difficult for them to break it down, but the judges agreed on Evan as the third artist going to the finale because of his growth.

Scott and Jordan would be going home.  Jordan would stay true to his style, and Scott was proud of himself for getting this far.  They both would go home with great memories and a great experience.

Until next week when the finale would be another first for the show!

Face Off Season 9 Episode 11: Disasters, Evolution and The Expanse

Published October 7, 2015 by vfdpixie

A Focus Challenge would be up this week.  To tease us nerds excited about the new show The Expanse, a mystery/conspiracy that takes place 200 years in the future where humans adapt to changing environments, the top six artists would have to re-imagine how humans evolve.  To give them some advice this challenge, Ty Franck and Daniel Abraham, the creators of The Expanse, told them to think about the ways the environment would affect the way humans evolved, for instance, how different degrees of gravity would affect human physiology.  McKenzie had a set of disaster/hazard signs for them to choose from in order to create their evolved humans, and reminded them this challenge was all about the quality of the work and how well their edges were blended.

Nora picked toxic pollution.  She wanted to create a natural respirator for her character, but had trouble once again as inspiration escaped her.  She became overwhelmed with the sculpt, and even though Evan came to comfort her, she was extremely upset and frustrated.  After some refocusing from Mr. Westmore, she started over again.  She created what the judges recognized as her signature style, and liked the sculpt.  They didn’t like the paint job and the artificial veining, but she was safe this week.

Scott created character that survived a nuclear fallout.  He went with a cockroach inspired makeup because they would most definitely survive that!  His ideas for a segmented exoskeleton started out as a great sculpt, but it made Mr. Westmore come back after his walk-through to express concern with Scott’s concept.  He was afraid that this would get him eliminated and didn’t want that to happen.  Scott got the message, and although he was a bit panicked, revamped his design to look more human and less alien or too far evolved.  The judges loved the tiny ears, forms and great textures.  Thankfully he was safe this week too.

Jordan got the ice age.  He came up with a character that retained heat from the folds of skin on his face and would have a large beard.  Mr. Westmore told him to fix the cartoony aspect of the nose and lower lip, and Jordan carried on from there.  He made a beard with beads and some jute, and layered it all after he painted his sculpt.  I really liked the sculpt of what the judges called a cross between Big Foot and Santa.  They meant this in a good way, because they loved everything about the makeup.  The paint, details and sensible concept got him into the top looks.

Ben had volcanic disaster.  He wanted to create a character that evolved with the ash to create a crust on the skin to protect from the elements.  He sculpted cracks on the skin to look like volcanic rock but stuck to human anatomy.  He was told to watch the metallic paint finish he had planned so the makeup didn’t look like a robot.  In the end, he couldn’t get the hair to look good with the rest of the makeup.  The judges weren’t happy with it either.  Ve thought it looked like a toasted marshmallow, and Glenn thought the details were dodgy.  It wasn’t an evolution, more like a skin condition, and that put him in the bottom.

Evan’s lizard/human hybrid would survive a severe drought.  He was all about gills and a water retaining vaccuform piece on the forehead.  He had to go deeper with the texture so he wouldn’t lose detail when painting.  He spent a lot of time in the mold room flashing to get his edges perfect.  Glenn thought it was the best work he had done, and Neville liked his concept and design choices.  His clean edges and colour choices put him in the top looks.

Stevie worked on a character that evolved to live in a time of polar melting.  This half-fish half-human would adapt with a gilled nose and streamlined features like a fish or dolphin.  Mr. Westmore told her not to scale the entire face, and she created a tool from a popsicle stick to get her scales on.  She used a human flesh tone and drybrushed iridescent paint and clear coat for sheen.  She hated the paint, and the judges thought the symmetry was crooked.  The gills weren’t right for Neville, and Ve didn’t like the colours.  She was in the bottom looks.

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The winner was Evan once again.  The judges loved the risks he took, the story and all the details.  Stevie would be going home.  They felt she let too many details slide, but loved her ideas and attitude and were sad to see her go.  Stevie felt she had grown and is definitely more confident as a result of being part of the show.  Good to see another talent ready to take on the world!

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