Face Off: Fashion & Science Fiction
By Gunner Glam
Face Off is an American reality television game show on the Syfy cable network in which a group of prosthetic makeup artists compete against each other create prostheses such as those found in science fiction and horror films.
Actress McKenzie Westmore, a member of the Westmore Family of makeup artists, serves as the show’s host, with judges being Academy Award-winning makeup artist Ve Neill (Ed Wood, Beetlejuice), television makeup artist Glenn Hetrick (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Babylon 5) and creature designer and director Patrick Tatopoulos (I Am Legend, Resident Evil: Exctinction, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans).
Industry figures and artists including Sean S. Cunningham, Filippo Ioco, Greg Nicotero and Michael Westmore serve as guest judges.
Each week, artists face a Spotlight Challenge and in some weeks a Foundation Challenge where the Foundation Challenge winner receives an advantage in the Spotlight Challenge.
Season one of the series premiered January 26, 2011 and featured twelve prosthetic makeup artists competing in a series of challenges to create makeup effects.
The winner, Conor McCullagh of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, received $100,000 and a year’s supply of makeup, which was described as a “grand prize that will launch a career.”
Face Off drew an average audience of 1.4 million viewers per episode during season one.
Syfy announced on March 16, 2011 the show had been renewed for a second season with casting slated to begin the same month.
Season two premiered on January 11, 2012.
The second season will feature 14 prosthetic makeup artists.
Challenges include re-imagining characters from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, waterproof sea creatures and bringing phobias to life and building dinosaur and human hybrids.
Guest judges for the season include Asher Roth, Tom Savini, Catherine O’Hara, Sam Huntington, Vivica A. Fox and LeVar Burton.
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