Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Face Off Finale

Tonight was the finale of Syfy's reality show Face Off. I've been addicted to this show since it started airing seven weeks ago. If you don't know what it is here's a quick synopsis:

Twelve contestants compete in special effects makeup challenges. Actress McKenzie Westmore, a member of the pioneering Westmore family of makeup artists, serves as host. Judges are multiple Academy Award-winning makeup artist Ve Neill (Ed Wood, Beetlejuice), television makeup artist Glenn Hetrick (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Babylon 5) and creature designer Patrick Tatopoulos (I Am Legend, Resident Evil: Extinction).

Each week the artists will face a "Spotlight Challenge" and in some weeks a "Foundation Challenge" where the Foundation Challenge winner receives an advantage in the Spotlight Challenge. The Face Off winner will receive $100,000 and a year's supply of makeup,a "grand prize that will launch a career".

The first few episodes they got rid of the those folks who can do make up and effects but weren't that great. As it got down to fewer and fewer people it made it harder and harder to choose your favorites.

The final four were Conner, Tate, Gage and Sam. I really liked Sam as she was the underdog, never falling into the bottom and up to the last weeks task, never getting into the top spot.  Conner is the oldest and most experienced in SFX, he constantly had fantastic looking pieces, Tate is extremely talented and could make anything come to life. Gage was a hit and miss, he had talent but some of his concepts didn't go over too well with the judges.

For the finale each had to take two characters from a classic fairy tale and re-imagine them with a given theme. Sam choose Little Mermaid with the theme of Phycodelic. Conner got The Frog Prince with a Hunted theme. Tate had Little Red Riding Hood with a Post-Apocalyptic theme and Gage had Hansel and Gretel with a Industrial theme.

All four knocked it out of the park, but Sam's was the weakest and was first to be cut. So it was down to the top 3, Conner, Tate and Gage. And though Gage by far (in my opinion) had the best one (things of nightmares), Conner won the competition as he had the more consistent top looking stuff through out the series.

Also today we heard that Syfy picked up FaceOff for a season two.. wooo hooo.. can't wait for that. You can watch full episodes at Syfy

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