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Face Off Season 7 Episode 7: Horror Movie Posters Come To Life!

Published September 11, 2014 by vfdpixie

After a rousing pillow fight, the nine remaining artists headed to a foggy and shadowy lab.  For their Foundation Challenge that would grant one of them immunity, they would have to create an urban legend icon:  Bloody Mary.  Apparently if you say her name 3 times in a mirror in the dark, you will die, so of course, the gang said her name 3 times and after, the shrouded figures of their models floated out of the fog and freaked everyone out.  Their judge was Emmy award-winning artist Brigette Myre-Ellis who won an Emmy for Buffy the Vampire Slayer and worked on True Blood.  She just wanted them to scare her.

The artists used a lot of blood and had great ideas.  Bridget’s favourites were Rachael’s face stealing Bloody Mary that was scary and beautiful, and Drew’s creation that cried blood.  She was impressed with his blood gag.  Rachael won immunity because Brigette thought it was beautiful and creepy at the same time.

Their next Spotlight Challenge took them back to Universal Studios Backlot where they met in front of a movie marquee with “Halloween Horror Nights” up in lights.  Their task was to create a horror movie character inspired by several original movie posters provided.  Their advisors were John Murdy and Mike Aiello who were the creative directors of the Halloween Horror Nights in both the Orlando and Los Angeles Universal locations.  Their advice to the artists was to look at every detail in the posters because the smallest ones could tell the best stories.  The winning look would be included in the 2014 Horror Nights park tours, like previous seasons.

Stella picked The Trophy Room-It’s Hunting Season!  Her character was an inbred hunter that collected human heads as trophies.  She busied herself creating a head for her creepy character to carry.  Her finished look was pretty creepy looking and could have totally worked for any horror movie dealing with inbreds.  I loved the head and it had a really brutal looking face.  The judges loved the forms of the misshapen head, and Glenn thought it was a successful hillbilly mutant.  She was safe.

Dina created a demonic reindeer for the movie The Cloven-It was Too Hot in Hell!  Her reindeer was an outcast that tortured elves.  She had trouble sculpting the face and this was the first time she struggled with her design.  It ended up looking like a cat.  She wasn’t happy at all with the final look.  I thought it looked hilarious, but it really wasn’t good.  The judges thought that without the horns, it looked more like a pig, and the face lacked detail.  Neville also thought the hooves looked like crab claws or vegetables, and overall, she lacked anatomical knowledge.  They also felt there was nothing scary about the character.  She was in the bottom.

Rachael picked Bone Appetite-Dinner is Served! and created a cannibal baroness that threw parties where she served her guests people.  She went for an old aged makeup and a mouth in the character’s stomach.  Since she had immunity, she took her time sculpting, and created a great makeup that she loved.  the judges loved the inspired mechanism in the chest that made the mouth open, and thought she had a compelling concept and great animation.  She was in the top looks.

Cig got The Second Chumming-Swim at Your Own Risk!  He decided to make a sea-captain that was killed by his crew and fused with chum, becoming a monster.  His sculpt was huge and was probably the most appliances he had ever had to apply.  He used a bright pink paint base and built up the colour to look like bloody chum, then piled on blood over the paint job.  It was really gross and he used the model’s chin as the tongue which made the character’s face look enormous.  Glenn was really impressed with that since he had never seen it on the show, and they all admired the “purposeful texture” and huge amount of work he put in.  He was in the top looks.

Damien got Buzzcut-Just a Little Off the Top!  He came up with a hair transplant surgeon who scalped his patients.  He created a vaccuform scalp, and a gory, gory character.  On the reveal stage, the surgeon could lift his own scalp, revealing a gooey, bloody mess of a skull.  Neville really enjoyed that gag and called it juicy.  He was safe.

Drew created a creepy, online creeper that was also a cannibal for We Met Online-There Is No Escape Key!  His character’s face was really unappealing and filled with boils.  It actually kind of reminded me of some creepy library customers I’ve encountered at my old library job!  The judges liked the face, but thought that was the only interesting aspect of the makeup.  Lucky for him he was safe.

Keaghlan got Homecoming Scream-Save the Last Dance! and created a 1950’s B-movie homecoming queen that was the victim of a prank and got pushed off the bleachers, becoming horrible twisted corpse.  She wanted to do a grayscale makeup to give her character a more retro, old school horror look.  There were a few issues with her sculpt even though she paid attention to anatomy.  Her sash was on backwards, and the judges thought the sculpting on the face needed more detail, as well as the back-to-front details.  They thought her concept didn’t communicate the intention, and there was too much work and not enough time.  She was in the bottom looks.

Sasha picked Bonnie and Cyanide-Love is Toxic!  Her character was poisoned and in turn poisoned people with her syringe fingers and neon poisonous blood.  She had trouble creating veins and was really disappointed with her finished look.  The judges thought her veins were a disaster, and that it was a poorly executed look.  It didn’t look like the concept, they didn’t understand the character, and due to the lack of anatomical knowledge, it put her in the bottom.

George got Axe Girlfriend-Breakups can be Hell!  He came up with a rich man’s mistress that was shot in the head.  She came back and collected wedding ring fingers as trophies.  He used silicone for the face appliance which ended up being a good decision.  The judges liked how the colour looked on the silicone, and thought his concept had just enough gore.  They liked that he showed restraint with the gore, and that it was a realistic makeup that told a story.  Because the thought the character was well suited to the movie poster, he was in the top looks.

The winner was George!  For his first win, the judges really liked that he used restraint and the realism of the makeup.  The loser was Sasha.  They thought her paint decisions were bizarre and her sculpting was poor.  They knew she was capable of doing much better work, so in a surprise decision, they used the special immunity on her.  Sasha was SAFE!!!  Holy smokes is that girl lucky!

 

Face Off Season 7 Episode 2: The Original Gangsters

Published July 30, 2014 by vfdpixie

After the shock of the first episode’s final audition, the artists checked out their cool house, excited for the season and christened themselves by jumping into the pool.

The next day found them on New York St. on the Universal Studios lot.  McKenzie told them these historical back lots were sets for classic gangster films like The Sting and Dick Tracy, which led them to their next Spotlight Challenge:  to create old school gangsters inspired by their nicknames.  In teams of two, they were to choose from items like peanuts, sharks, and tuna to create an over-the-top crime boss inspired by real gangsters.  To advise them before they started was Doug Drexler, an Oscar winner and 17 year Star Trek makeup vet.  He told them to go more than literal with their concepts but not go too far away from the objects.  He would join them again on the reveal stage with the judges.

Barry and Sasha picked a clock which represented Allie “Tick Tock” Tannenbaum.  When it came to concepts, Sasha’s grandfather clock face versus Barry’s rat face theme created a difference of opinions for sure.  Barry won out because Sasha wanted to be cooperative.  Mr. Westmore kind of slammed the concept on his walk-through, telling them that a rat didn’t represent the clock in their gangster name.  They decided to create a time bomb which Sasha worked on.  On the reveal stage, the judges loved the bomb, but that was it.  Lois wasn’t sure if the face was rat or rabbit-like, and the paint job was muddy.  The bomb was the only thing that spoke to the challenge.  They were in the bottom.

George and Cig picked a tuna, which represented Tony “Big Tuna” Arcado.  Their concept was to go big, and use a giant tuna as a bat, which the real life gangster used.  They worked well together, and Cig created a fat suit that provided entertainment (for mainly himself) in the lab.  When the judges got a look at it they loved it.  They thought the placement of weight with the fat suit was really good, and details like gills as rolls of fat, and the “Goodnight” stencilled on the tuna because his victims would be “sleeping with the fishes”.  Lois thought it was “the catch of the day”.  They were in top looks.

Gwen and Drew picked the shark jaw, which was there to honour the premiere of, God help us, Sharknado 2:  The Second One.  Their gangster was Michele ” The Shark” Sindona.  They also worked well together, creating an awesome shark toothed jaw and a harpoon as a weapon.  The judges thought it was really good as the cowl and head blended really well.  They ended up being safe.

Rachel and Vince chose a typewriter which represented Charles “The Typewriter” Nicoletti.  Their concept involved brass knuckles made out of typewriter keys, and names of his victims typed into his skin.  It was an ambitious concept with a lot of detail which ate up their time.  Mr. Westmore warned them that the typed words needed to be legible in the skin.  There was a nice moment where their mold needed some major cleaning, and all the contestants pitched in to help.  The judges also like this concept, but felt that they needed to have a tighter paint job and sculpt.  Over all, it was a solid idea and Doug though it cut a successful figure.  They were also safe.

Dina and Jason went for a peanut, representing John “Peanuts” Tronolone .  Mr. Westmore stressed that their paint job was really important on the peanut head concept.  As always on this show, a mold has to get stuck and crack, and this time it was Dina and Jason’s turn.  It turned out o.k., but their seams were all a mess so they had to work to make the makeup look presentable.  On the reveal stage, it didn’t make much of an impact.  Neville wondered if it was sculpted with a hammer, and it was too literal of an interpretation.  They wanted to see a better paint job as well.  Dina and Jason ended up in the bottom looks.

Keaghlan and Damien picked a truck for Opal “Mack Truck” Long.  They created a unique gangster-truck hybrid with headlights on his hat and a chest piece that looked like the grill of a truck.  The judges liked the paint job and Glenn thought it looked like Boardwalk Empire met The Wiz.  It was a really great concept and my favourite.  I liked the exhaust pipes in the jaw line and cheeks.  They were safe.

Stella and Doc went with needles, representing Leonard “Needles” Gianola.  Mr. Westmore suggested quills coming out of the gangsters fingers, and they went with that idea.  They had a quill skull-cap that didn’t quite blend, so Stella cut a hard edge and used paint to enhance it, hoping for the  for the best.  The judges liked the quills and thought it was a strong character and cool idea even though the hair looked like a swim cap to Lois, and the concept was almost too literal.  They too were safe.

The winning team?  Cig and George with their “Big Tuna” concept.  Glenn said their clever idea, great team work and technique lead to a successful makeup.  Cig was the winner of the challenge for his fat suit design.

Sasha, Dina, Jason and Barry were in the bottom.  The judges felt Barry and Sasha didn’t capture the essence of the gangster name, and that Dina and Jason’s character was uninspired.  In the end, Barry was sent home since the rat concept was his.  All I can say is that I thought Sasha’s design would have been interesting to see, and that sometimes us women can be agreeable so we don’t rock the boat.  I hope she speaks up next time and stands her ground because in this competition, instincts are key!

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