I don’t watch much reality TV. I would say I don’t watch any but there’s one show I love and that’s Face Off on the SyFy channel. It’s now on it’s second season and I couldn’t be happier! If you’ve never heard of the show, here’s the skinny:
Face Off is a competition/elimination series exploring the world of special-effects make-up artists and the unlimited imagination that allows them to create amazing works of living art. The contestants are tasked with elaborate feature challenges including executing full body paint make up on models and creating their own horror villain. Not only will the show incorporate effects make-up, it will include a wide range of skill sets including prosthetics, 3-D design, sculpting, eye enhancers, casting and molding. Each episode involves incredible reveals of the competitors’ finished work, and the drama of one contestant being sent home by the panel of expert and celebrity judges. It all culminates in one winner and one grand prize that will launch a career.
To determine who emerges victorious, Syfy has signed three-time Academy Award winner Ve Neill (Pirates of the Caribbean, Edward Scissorhands) and Hollywood veterans Glenn Hetrick (Heroes, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The X-Files) and Patrick Tatopoulos (Underworld, Independence Day, Resident Evil: Extinction) as Face Off’s judges.
I love horror and special effects which is one reason why I love this show. It’s amazing to see what people can do with some paint, clothes, molds and more. I wish I had 1% of the talent some of these artists have! The detail they are able to do in such a small amount of time is really something else. In some of the challenges they only have two days to create a character. Hell, some of the challenges you only have two hours! Yes, two hours to create a unique character that has to tell and sell a story.
When I was in San Diego last year for San Diego Comic Con, I happened to catch a live version of the show. They had three people all fighting it out for the final spot. The one who made it was RJ and he’s still alive in the competition! If you think it’s amazing to watch it on TV, you should see it in person. It’s even more impressive! The ability to take a “plain Jane” model and turn her/him into a creature is something I can’t even begin to understand. You need to not only have the skills but you need the imagination and creativity as well.
I think I’ve told the show enough. If you want to check it out it airs on SyFy on Wednesdays at 10pm. It’s also available on OnDemand.
Here a some pictures from San Diego Comic Con of the live Face Off event. The person who won is on the far right in the first picture.