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Face Off Season 10 Episode 13: The Big Finale Part 1: “Sinister Showdown”

Published April 7, 2016 by rmpixie

Season 10 would end with my kind of challenge!!  The 3 finalists found themselves in an oil field with a creepy looking house in the background.  It set the scene for the final challenge of the season.  McKenzie had special guest Jason Blum, creator of the production company Blumhouse that brought us all the latest horrors like The Purge and Insidious with her to bring them the challenge details.  They would have to create 2 characters to star in their own film. The film would be an adaptation of a short story taken from The Blumhouse Book of Nightmares: The Haunted City, a collection of short stories by writers, actors and directors like Eli Roth and Scott Derrickson.  The story, entitled “Hellhole” by Chris Denham, tells of a family that buys a house only to find that it’s a portal to Hell and that they have unleashed a demon.  The artists had to create a demon and a possessed family member according to a script from one of 3 new up-and-coming directors hand-picked for this challenge.  The artists would get a lighting and screen test, 2 helpers in the way of their former contestants, and  Jason Blum would also be a judge for the final looks in the film.  Another surprise was that Oscar-winning makeup artist Lois Burwell, one of the judges from season 7, would be there for the walk-through.

Rob picked Anna and Kaleb.  His script described a demon that came up from the oil fields.  The director, Bryce McGuire, wanted a molten, cracked and crusted skin on the demon.  Rob came up with a sun-baked demon and a possessed woman who would ooze oil.  He wanted to create a larger than life chest piece, face and cowl.  Anna would do the possession makeup and Rob would do the demon face. Lois warned him to avoid a leonine look to the nose and cheeks.  Rob was floundering a bit with the design of the face, but came up with a mole/rhino look that he was happy with.  He also wanted a unique horn shape that would add height.  Kaleb fabricated a back piece that looked like roots, and even though the mold stuck creating a huge split in the demon face, and the heavy cowl was making the demon face push forward, they came up with a great makeup.  During the screen test, Rob soon learned that his vision didn’t match the director’s.  Bryce wanted a paler, more powdery look, the horns placed further back on the head, and shovel-like hands.  He also wanted imbedded natural elements.  The possessed makeup was too extreme for him, and he wanted the possession to not manifest physically.  Um….sure.  Poor Rob had a tall order ahead of him and would have to do a whole new makeup.

Rob and his first demon draft,

Rob and his first demon draft.

 

 

Melissa had Yvonne and Johnny on her team.  Her script involved a cyclops-type demon so she wanted to make sure she didn’t recreate her last makeup and came up with a fleshy eye membrane instead of an actual eye.  She would be doing the face of the demon, Yvonne the demon cowl, and Johnny the possessed family member.  During the walk-through, they thought the possessed makeup was too subtle, and she had to shift his eye shape.  The demon needed a stronger jaw line, and they had to watch their time.  She let Johnny do the molds since that was his strength, and she created a diseased look emanating from the heart area for the possessed character.  She was stressed because they were running out of time. At the screen test, director John Wynn didn’t like the demon chest piece because it might look like he was lactating once the oil started to ooze.  He wanted oil oozing from the demon’s mouth and more redness in the eye area.  The possessed makeup needed more makeup on the shoulder and branches growing from his fingertips.  Melissa intended to step it up for a win.

Melissa and her demonic duo.

Melissa and her demonic duo.

 

 

Walter, Mel and Robert would avoid the typical demon look and create a simple possessed makeup.  Lois and Mr. Westmore suggested sculpting skin around the vines that would protrude from the possessed character’s face.  They loved the demon, but Lois advised him to pay attention to where the lighting would hit the makeup.  Walter went for an asymmetrical feel with vines on one side and a pumpkin like look on the other shoulder.  He created a set of teeth for his model and Robert used moss to cover edges and gave a great look to the demon.  Mel worked on the possessed makeup and although the edges were lifting on the face piece, they got the makeups to the soundstage.  Ryan Spindell seemed happy with the look but wanted the vines finished and Mr. Westmore suggested fixing spots on the nose and brow bone that reflected too much light.  Ryan also wanted to see more of the actor in the possessed makeup.  Walter was pleased that he didn’t have to redo the whole makeup.

Walter and his vined demons.

Walter and his vined demons.

 

 

All the artists had a lot of work to do before the final filming, and once again, Face Off left us hanging until the second part of the finale.  This is killing me!!

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Face Off Season 10 Episode 11: “The Art of Warcraft”

Published March 24, 2016 by rmpixie

 

Attention all gamers!!  The World of Warcraft has arrived on Face Off!  The artists were excited about this one for sure.  The wildly popular game has a been a phenomenon for 100,000,000 people around the world, so it was only a matter of time for it to arrive as a challenge on the show.  To celebrate the feature film Warcraft base on the game coming out this Spring (on my birthday!), They had to adapt one of the Warcraft races as a character fit for a feature film.  The expert of all experts was there to check on their designs:  none other than the senior art director for the game, Chris Robinson.  Their guest judge on the reveal stage would be Robert Kazinsky, who plays Ogrim in the movie, and was also a professional gamer for a year, so he knew his stuff.

Mel picked a Troll.  She wasn’t familiar with the game, but wanted to prove to the judges that they made the right choice by giving her the one-time immunity.  She came up with a voodoo black magic troll.  She had a ton of hair questions for Chris, and he told her that trolls were proud of their hair.  Once she got her answers, she went on to mold hands for the troll.  She used Melissa’s hands who also got a set of molds for herself from the task.  Mel worked on a realistic but pointy nose and chin, and Mr. Westmore told her she was going in the right direction but needed more of a frown for character.  She worked really hard on laying bright red hair onto the cowl, and liked how it turned out.  The hands didn’t work the way she envisioned, so she ditched them, and just used gauze to wrap the model’s fingers for a 3-fingered look.   She felt good about the makeup and the judges loved the end result.  The profile impressed them, as well as the hair.  It was a fully realized character, and Rob thought it was so accurate, it could have walked out of the game.  Mel nailed the troll aesthetic and that put her in top looks.

Melissa picked a Worgen, who was a werewolf-like character.  She created a druid persona for the werewolf and was really stoked because she was familiar with the game.  She had to create more of a muzzle as instructed by Mr. Westmore, and was debating on the texture she needed on it so she wouldn’t overdo it.  She was plagued with problems as she worked on her hand sculpts.  They were a bit of a disaster, but she had to have something for the reveal stage.  The final character wasn’t what she had planned and she felt she had “blown it”.  The judges didn’t like what they saw.  Neville thought the jowl detail wasn’t accurate, and the paint wasn’t finished.  He did like the profile.  Glenn thought it was technically rough, including the feet and hands that looked amateurish.  Ve thought she needed more texture, and although Rob thought the snout needed work, he felt it was accurate for the game.  She was in bottom looks.

Walter chose a Draenei.  He went for a death knight and wanted to add tentacles.  Chris told him to avoid too much texture with them, and Mr. Westmore told him how to place them on the face.  He used cotton batting, weights and latex skin to make them.  He also made a tail and even tested it out on himself.  His paint job was really beautiful with a glowing pale blue highlighting the pale white skin.  The character was really good, and the judges loved it.  Rob thought it went beyond the challenge expectations with all the details.  This makeup put him in the top looks.

Yvonne’s Goblin was a problem for her.  Chris told her to pick a male or female character instead of combining the two, but she did add some masculine details.  Mr. Westmore told her to round out the face and make it sterner.  She pre-painted the cowl, and cut holes in it so the hair could come through in a mohawk.  That turned out well, but her paint job looked muddy.  The sheen on the paint made the makeup look synthetic to the judges, and Ve thought the colour looked like pea soup.  Rob thought it wasn’t gritty or dirty enough.  She was in bottom looks.

Rob picked a Tauren, or a bull-like creature.  He also had lots of trouble with his concept and sculpting.  He hated his cowl and bull face, but Mr. Westmore told him not to hold back and keep going with his direction.  He had trouble with his horn molds, and had to cast a broken horn three times before he got what he needed.  He had lots to do, but felt defeated and sure his character looked like a cow-man.  The judges loved it though!  Ve loved the muzzle sculpt, Rob liked the face, although he thought it wasn’t accurate because there was no ring in the nose.  Rob’s flawless execution put him in top looks.

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Walter won this challenge for the huge amount of work and nailing the challenge.  Yvonne would go home because her makeup had no believability.  They were sad to see her go, but knew with her talent she would go far.

Now we’re left with the remaining artists vying for a spot in the final.  Even though I though Yvonne had tons of talent and she should have been in the finale, these artists have all shown their skill and I can’t wait to see who makes it!

Face Off Season 9 Episode 13-The Finale Part 1

Published October 25, 2015 by rmpixie

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 rmpixie

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!

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