The Season 8 finale was a fantastic one! Right after the final three artists were chosen, McKenzie revealed the first surprise for the “most difficult finale yet”. They would need help, and it came from the eliminated artists from this season! After Darla, Logan and Emily picked their teams, they came back to the lab, complete with a red carpet, the following day. McKenzie had monitors numbered 1 through 3, and a board covered with words. The artists were puzzled, but were really jazzed when they heard what the finale challenge would involve: create a team of 4 characters to star in a new film franchise, pick the genre of that film from the numbered monitors, and they would also have one minute to grab words that described that genre from the large board. The team would then have five minutes to create a title for their film using those words. There was also another surprise-their reveal stage would be at the Universal Studios Hollywood Theme Park where a live audience would vote on their favourite team of characters on their own incredibly themed set!
Darla picked Rob, Stephanie, Daniel and Anthony to be on her team and chose monitor #1 that revealed the fantasy genre. They came up with “The Spirits of Eden”. The characters were elementals that worked to keep evil out of the Garden of Eden after Adam and Eve were banished. Air, or wind, was represented by a faun who also personified a woodwind instrument. Water was a merman water spirit, Fire would be a beautiful woman with flames around her face, and Earth would be a worm wrapped around a tree. Coach Laura was not too confident about the worm character. She thought it wouldn’t be attractive, so she helped Darla hash out a better concept for Earth. The final design was an Earth goddess with a tree trunk dress and mushrooms incorporated into her body. Mr. Westmore told her to keep the face soft for the water spirit, bring the mushrooms into the face of the earth spirit, and add some red to the fire spirit’s flames. Darla was worried about her flame sculpt, but figured it out. The end result gave me chills!! I loved her elemental spirits. The colours were beautiful, and my favourite character was the faun. She was just beautiful and the chest piece was to die for with all the detail. Neville thought she nailed the genre with the earth spirit showing a high-resolution detail. Glenn loved the air element because the horns and chest piece was sculpted to be a wind instrument, and Ve loved the blending of the facial prosthetic pieces.
Logan’s team included Ben, Greg, Julian and Alan. He got the sci-fi genre from monitor #3 and their movie title was “The Fortress”. His characters were inspired by Dr. Moreau, creating intelligent lab animal experiments that fought against lab testing. He created a lizard commanding solider, an armadillo weapons expert, a mechanic skunk and a hammerhead shark assassin. Coach Rayce liked his concept and wanted him to make sure his team members were on the same page to make all the characters cohesive. Mr. Westmore advised them on the anatomy of each character, and the only issue Logan had was keeping Greg on track with the fabrication. He didn’t want to lose time with unnecessary work, telling Greg there was “no time for hot gun, only enough time for tape”. His characters looked great! Ve loved the skunk’s subtle paint job and the colours; Glenn loved the shark’s face and biomechanical elements with each character; and Neville thought actors would be inspired to play the characters Logan and his team created.
Emily chose Jamie, Kelly, Regina and Adam to be on her team. Monitor #2 revealed the post-apocalyptic genre and the name of the film was “Paradise Reckoning”. Her concept was a Wizard of Oz journey with mutants, and they are brought together when they find a human baby. Her characters consisted of a man who was in a car accident and was now covered in broken glass; a man who was in an explosion and made of wood; a former bomb squad member who was now made of metal, and a female assassin fused with leather. Mr. Westmore told her to pay attention to her paint job for the wood character and for Adam to add some burn elements to the metal character. Emily created glass out of a silicone material and made sure it stuck even though it took up a lot of her time. She was in a bit of a frenzy, but took charge when she needed to. In the end she didn’t get everything painted as she wanted, but her final looks were really cohesive. The audience made the Wizard of Oz connection, and the judges loved it. Ve liked the assassin’s leather bodice and paint jobs; Neville thought it was ambitious and very creative; and Glenn thought it was an intelligent concept and loved the windshield chest piece she took so much time to perfect.
The audience at Universal had a blast looking at each set of characters, and voted on their favourite. The judges agreed with their choice, because Darla was the winner of Season 8! I was ecstatic! I knew she had the talent, she just had to find it in herself to be confident and do what she does best, which is beautiful, complete makeups! She wins a V.I.P. trip to one of Kroylan’s 85 international locations, a 2015 Fiat, and $100,000 in cash. Coach Laura was also a winner, making her a two time champ of the show, which is a Face Off first! Congrats to Darla, Laura, and all the finalists because they were phenomenal! See you in July for the next season!