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Face Off Season 11, Episode 1: Green Screen Aliens!

Published January 25, 2017 by rmpixie

 

And just like that, Face Off is back for season 11.

 

This time, it’s an all-star show, with artists from previous seasons coming together in teams of two to show their prosthetics prowess.

The gang waited by a seaside lighthouse as they waited on a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter that held the lovely host McKenzie Westmore. This season, she promised twists and turns, the first being that the contestants would win and lose as a team, meaning if they were eliminated, they would both go home. There would be plenty of chances to show their skill however, a team will be eliminated every other week. This means immunity for the winners and another chance for the bottom teams.

For the first Spotlight Challenge of the season, the teams would have to draw from The Abyss, War of the Worlds and unusual deep sea creatures to create their own alien beings. In order to give their creations that otherworldly look, they would incorporate green screen technology-a Face Off first-to remove any part of their model’s body in order to make a creature no one has seen before.

Michael Westmore would be back to mentor and advise. He looked amazing as ever, and seems to never age. Glenn Hetrick, Ve Neill and Neville Page were also back as the resident judges we know and love so much. Of course the grand prize would be a trip to one of Kryolan’s international locations, a spiffy new car and $100,000 cash.

Cig and George (Season 7). These self-professed “loveable goofballs” are friends and had a real bromance going. They used a Rough Back Batfish for their aristocratic alien.   They created extra skin with cling wrap to fill gaps that when the appliances didn’t match up and came out with a cool looking, whimsical alien that the judges liked. I thought the concept was great and loved the face along with the judges. They were safe.

Niko and Cat (Season 6): This cute couple are still together and going strong. They picked a Vampire Squid for their alien, and used George’s belly as a reference for their sculpt. As per usual, it was their turn for a mold got stuck, but they broke it to save time. The end result showed that they had a good concept but the judges thought the design could have been better. I liked the squid skirt they created, and the judges liked the paint. They were also safe.

Logan and Adam (Season 8): These guys created an alien from the Veined Octopus and worked really well together. Their great head sculpt got them a safe place too.

Ben and Evan (Season 9): Their alien Japanese Spider Crab would have a green screen effect to emphasize giant crab legs. The sculpt was so heavy with clay that it fell over, leaving them a bit of a mess and more time wasted fixing it. The alien looked cool but the giant legs put the judges off. Neville thought the creature was badly proportioned, and Ve thought the legs looked like totem poles painted by 3-year-old. Ouch! They were in the bottom.

Gage and Rachel (Season 1 and Season 7): Calling themselves Team Rage, these two picked a Skeleton Shrimp to build a bioluminescent alien from a water planet. They teamed up well with Rachel focusing on details for the sculpt and Gage good with large body work. Their design impressed the judges, leaving them thinking it was the best use of green screen to convey space and the fabricated claws were well done. Glenn thought the sculpt was a tad rough but it worked for the challenge. They were in the top looks.

Emily and Tyler (Season 8 and Season 6): Their Deep Sea Dragonfish was to become a seductive alien who lures her prey. Mr. Westmore told them to steer away from doing a beauty makeup as it would be too distracting. They ended up with a great paint job and I liked the face too. They were safe.

Jasmin and Stella (Season 9 and Season 7): Their alien would also have no legs and would be inspired by the Helmet Jellyfish. The final look was a little messy looking, and they also had proportion issues. Glenn didn’t like the way the arms kept crossing, taking away from the green screen effects. They were in the bottom looks.

Keaghlan and Melissa (Season 7 and Season 10): They wanted to take bold risks with the Flying Gurnard inspired alien. She would be a psychic alien queen with a large floating head. The judges loved the paint and face, graphic elements and design, and Ve just thought it was “bitchin”. They were in top looks.

 

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The winner was Keaghlan and Melissa for the gorgeous head and the background they chose to show their makeup. They have immunity for next week. Ben, Evan, Jasmine and Stella have another change to step up their game at the start of an interesting season!

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Face Off Season 10 Episode 2: Wacky, Whimsy and Pee Wee!

Published January 22, 2016 by rmpixie

Fresh off of their first challenge, the artists met at Culver Studios where films like Gone with the Wind and E.T. were shot.  They found resident judge Ve Neill and McKenzie waiting for them on a soundstage filled with giant toys.  Their Spotlight Challenge this time was to create a wacky, larger-than-life character inspired by the toys.  They had to think Toy Story, Pee Wee’s Playhouse, and go with a magical feel for their designs.  Ve, who won an Emmy for her work on Pee Wee’s Playhouse, told them to think outside of the box and channel their inner child.  She wanted colourful instead of a darker whimsical look.

The artists were randomly teamed up, and after they chose their inspiration toys, got straight to work.  The best surprise came on the reveal stage, where Paul Reubens, Mr. Pee Wee Herman himself, joined the judges to choose the winner!  I have to say that I loved that show, especially Pteri the Pterodactyl.  It was zany, completely original and created a pop culture icon before we knew it.

Walter and Ant picked the race car.  They wanted to create a cool, female car/human hybrid.  Instead of a facial prosthetic, Ant was confident he could create a compelling beauty makeup for the character that Mr. Westmore stressed had to be great.  The guys worked hard on making a smooth cowl, but the mold looked like “Swiss cheese”, so they spent a lot of time patching the holes, as well as some thick seams.  The judges weren’t thrilled with the lack of facial prosthetics, but the guys ended up safe.  Katie and Kaleb did a character based on a skeleton key.  She was a ballerina that unlocked creativity and love.  Mr. Westmore told them to make the design look more like a key, and Katie created a chest piece to do that.  It was a pretty makeup, but they worried that it wasn’t on challenge.  Paul thought it was an artistic idea that got lost in the execution, and the judges didn’t like the muddy colours.  Luckily, this team was also safe.

Anna and Mel created a watchman who literally was a watch.  He alerted the toys when kids were coming back.  They had trouble with the concept, and Mel was really frustrated, but after chat with Mr. Westmore, they knew they were on the right track.  They were told to keep the face flesh-toned and not muddy, and Anna created a cool watchband cowl.  They worked out a plan for the face paint, layering and speckling colours for a rosy look.  Paul thought the final look was beautiful and that the model sold the look, and the judges loved the character, especially the work on the paint job.  They were in top looks.

Njoroge and Jennifer decided on a yellow crayon.  They had to make sure the character wasn’t too human looking.  They worked well together, and made some curly hair from crayon paper.  Unfortunately, the makeup didn’t turn out as well as they wanted.  The paint wasn’t opaque enough, and the colour had no dimension to it.  There was also a big issue with the neck peeling.  Although Paul liked the character’s eyebrows, the judges thought it was incomplete and visually uninteresting.  They were in bottom looks.

Melissa was the winner from last week, and so got to choose her group.  She went with Johnny and Rob, and they picked a lollipop.  Their character was a lollipop king who helped a boy run his father’s candy shop.  This team really worked well together, and the division of labour, from Johnny’s fabricated vest to Rob’s molds and everyone getting into the paint job, worked out quite well.  The judges loved the colour palette and headpiece.  Because they kept the character child-like yet still sophisticated, they were in top looks.

Robert and Yvonne picked dice, and went with a game board man.  They made a game piece for the top of his head, and fashioned a clown-like appearance for him.  Mr. Westmore suggested exaggerated features, and Yvonne adjusted the nose to look bigger, but the team work wasn’t really there.  The end result was a rough-looking scary clown dude, with nipple-like game pieces on his body that freaked Paul out a little.  They were in bottom looks.

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The judges picked Anna and Mel as the top look, and Mel was the winner for her paint job and face sculpt that made the character shine.

Njoroge and Jennifer created the bottom look this week, and Jennifer went home.  The judges thought the cowl was disproportionate.  She learned a lot from her short time on the show and was inspired to carry on with makeup.  Can’t wait for next week!

Face Off Season 10 Episode 1: Alien Bounty Hunters!

Published January 17, 2016 by rmpixie

Back for its 10th season, Face Off got the new set of artists going right away.  McKenzie presented the very first Spotlight Challenge of the season to the 14 eager contestants:  create a rogue alien bounty hunter, like that of Riddick or Guardians of the Galaxy.  Inspired by wanted posters with details of the alien’s ship and their last known whereabouts, the artists were split up into teams of two to work on the challenge.  Thankfully, Glenn Hetrick, Ve Neill and Neville Page would be back at the judges’ table to guide, critique and whip the artists into shape.

Melissa and Anna had Tolo Ezulon who lived a life of crime after his world dies. They worked well together and plotted out their game plan to save time.  Melissa sculpted some details for the alien’s armour that mimicked his ship, and even though they had issues in last looks with peeling lips, they were one of the top looks.  The judges liked the cohesive character and the nice profile.  They liked the subtle ship detail in the amour, and the “intricate and interesting” sculpting.

Katie and Robert didn’t work that well together.  Katie took charge after enduring Robert’s several ideas for their alien Honorin Fallador.  They came up with a decent character, but weren’t on the same page and didn’t really trust each other.  Njorobe and Rob worked on Sansar Ceptis, a bounty hunter who went after political targets.  Rob did some creative steaming and painting of feathers, and they worked well together.  The judges liked the profile even thought the beak looked stuck on.  Jennifer and Mel worked on Delta Indemna, an ex-military bounty hunter.  They created some sewn on dreads and although the judges were confused by the some details, they, along with the other two teams, were safe.

Yvonne and Greg picked Jinxx Bargess.  She was to be a bio-mechanical character.  They had trouble creating a cohesive design, and Mr. Westmore told them to make the jaw bigger and to make the character look more alien and less simian.  This put Greg into panic mode, and he re-sculpted parts of the face.  After molding, their edges were pretty bad, and they lost time fixing those.  The judges thought the look was unsophisticated and blocky.  This put them in the bottom.

Kaleb and Walter chose Maas Rossi, a reptilian alien who came from a dry planet.  Mr. Westmore told them to change the Jay Leno chin, and they wanted to have light-up horns, but it didn’t quite work, so they scrapped it in last looks.  The judges liked the decisions they made, from the paint to the eye cavity which looked very much like the Texan horned lizard they used as inspiration.  They were in top looks.

Ant and Johnny created a female bounty hunter called Yourek Jess.  They had to put their heads together after Mr. Westmore reworked their design.  Johnny switched up who did the sculpting as well because they were worried about the outcome.  They really didn’t work well together, and the judges saw it in the finished character.  The paint was flat, the sculpting didn’t reflect a proper biology, and the was no flow with the forms.  They were in the bottom looks.

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McKenzie revealed that there would be a one time immunity that the judges would grant if they thought the artist could redeem themselves after a bad makeup, but it would be used at their discretion.

The winning team was Anna and Melissa.  Their character was original, and Melissa won the challenge because of the great cowl she sculpted.

The bottom team was Yvonne and Greg.  They made bad choices, and Greg went home due to his poorly sculpted nose and chin.

This season looks like it will be great.  Every season I say “This will be my last recap season”, and then they go and bring people like Lance Henriksen and Paul Reuben on the show.  What can a gal do but watch, comment and recap?

See you next week!

 

Face Off Season 9 Episode 9: The Four Horsemen

Published September 23, 2015 by rmpixie

After Evan got a boost from his win, and the gang regrouped after the grueling Gauntlet, the artists geared up for what McKenzie called one of the most intimidating challenges.  They met on a ruined set with crumbled buildings and abandoned, burned out cars to find out what the subject of their next Spotlight Challenge would be.  This time, they would be dealing with the end of the world and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.  They would have to pick one of the four horsemen:  War, Famine, Pestilence and Death, and create their own horrific interpretations.  Resident judge Glenn Hetrick was there to give his advice since he was the makeup designer behind the film Legion.  He told them to find contrast and range with their characters.  The artists chose from survival kits adorned with the names of each horseman character, and even thought they would be creating individual makeups, the 8 artists would be split up in groups of two, each with four horsemen shown together on the reveal stage.

In the first group, Jordan, Stevie, Scott and Meg would tie their characters together with pocket watches.  Jordan picked War and created an armoured look complete with a war mask.  His horseman would also have a terrifying hole for a face that absorbed souls.  He waited until last looks to put his makeup together and the result was pretty creepy.

Stevie’s Famine would have an emaciated look.  This horseman would kill everything with a touch.  She planned on a face and chest piece, and was advised by Mr. Westmore to change his mouth so it didn’t look so healthy.  This would be the first time she made a chest piece, and she was the last in the mold room, but managed to get it finished.  The starved ribcage was a key look to her makeup, so she was lucky!  Her gothy Famine horseman got a nod from the judges with the colour palette she used.

Scott wanted to create an empathetic Death character.  He would incorporate a burial shroud look, and as usual, had his strategy planned out well.  He also made an hourglass from scratch for Death’s timepiece and to imply an aged look for her.  His clean face prosthetic, planning and consistent confidence was behind my favourite horseman of the night.  The mummified face was brilliant!

Meg worked on Pestilence.  She would create a female character that brought death instead of life, and make her impish.  She used some interesting techniques like latex and salt for a boily textured skin, and her character was really gross.  The judges liked the lower eye area.   Group one was safe for another week.

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The second group consisted of Kevon, Nora, Ben and Evan.  They linked the characters by having collars that Death held onto with chains.  This group held the best and worst looks of the week.

Kevon wanted a bacterial look to his idea of Pestilence.  This horseman would serve Death, and would have the key feature of a rotting, sore-like mouth.  He also wanted tendrils around the mouth, but was afraid it would look too alien.  Mr. Westmore agreed and told him to add boils.  While he did add the boils, Kevon also kept the tendrils.  It ended up being a little weird, and the judges thought they didn’t work with his story.  The obscure choices he made created what Ve called “the Goonies sloth and The Fly baby”.  He had too many ideas that didn’t work, and that put him in the bottom looks.

Nora would go for a skeletal Famine.  She had trouble once again with her sculpt and concept, but with some encouragement from Evan, and working out a cool barbed wire detail, she finally came up with something she liked.  This was also a favourite of mine, and the judges liked that her skillful paint job showed with the matching skin tones of both Famine’s face and body.  The barbed wire detail was used to wire the character’s mouth shut, which impressed the judges as well.  Neville loved the forms and textures, and Nora was in the top looks.

Ben went big with War.  He aimed for a Kevlar chest piece, and mapped it out with paper.  This would prove to be a huge time eater, especially with his time for painting.  He felt defeated, but didn’t give up even though the look was not what he envisioned.  He was disappointed and cringed when the judges inspected what he called a “total turd”.  They thought it looked too dry and too red, and even thought it wasn’t horrible, it lacked passion and clarity.  The poor decisions got him placed in the bottom looks.

Evan created a bare bone and muscle look for Death.  He wanted an interesting character and Mr. Westmore told him to look at his sculpting carefully.  He used vaccuform to create a mask that would reveal the skinless face once removed.  He tweaked his paint job and added a jelly for shine.  His risk with anatomy paid off.  Because it was treated with a graphic design approach, the judges loved his liberties with his facial sculpt.  The mask looked like metal due to his great paint job, and Glenn raved that Evan did exactly what the challenge called for:  a unique interpretation of the character.  He was in the top looks.

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The winner this week was Evan for his risky but gorgeous makeup.  The person going home was Kevon.  There was too much going on in his makeup and no presence of a terrifying horseman.  The judges would miss his high concept thinking and Kevon was pleased with how far he had come.  I can only see extreme weirdness (in a good way) for Kevon’s future.

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