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Opinion: The Last ‘Face Off’ Episode was Incredibly Sexist

Normally I do a recap of each Face Off episode, but I have been overly burdened by other responsibilities (especially since the show moved to Wednesday nights) and have not been able to write one for the past two weeks.

However, I am still watching Face Off each week, and I feel compelled to address something that I found a little disturbing in the latest episode.

The episode included a lot of gender swaps – and even racial swaps – that I found to be somewhat inappropriate, and while the race-swaps were readily addressed by the judges (who sent one artist home for his stereotypical interpretation of an Asian male), the most disturbing point happened during the creative process.

One of the female artists remarked that the body language of her model will help sell the fact that it is a guy (she turned a female model into a male), which sparked a laugh among the other female artists, who said that the model would need only to “adjust” herself a lot to come off as a guy.

This got a lot of laughter from both the female and male artists…with one exception. Walter seemed more than a little perturbed by the statement and sarcastically let out that “If I am not picking my nose, I’m adjusting myself. It’s all I can do as a guy.”

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While the show panned to the other artists chuckling at this statement, it did not come off as a joke to me, the viewer.

This statement exemplifies the disdain we should all have for any gender stereotype, regardless of which gender it is directed to. I would venture to say that if the situation were flipped, and a male artist had made such a remark about a female stereotype, it would not have been chuckled at and dismissed. We are learning to be more aware of the things that are said and done towards women that are oppressive, but we also must have equal gusto about those things that are oppressive towards men, as well.

The fight for equality cannot be one-sided, and it can’t be something you go to bat for only if it impacts your gender/race/creed/religion/sexuality/etc.

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Face Off: Wanted Dead or Alive

Face off is back! Season 10 has begun and we get a look at the new crop of hopefuls. Right off we start with the season’s first spotlight challenge. It consists of them being randomly paired off and choosing an inspiration ship to create a rogue alien bounty hunter. The seven teams then get to work designing their hunter and we get a better look at their individual personalities.

Glenn, Neville, and Ve are back as judges and appear to be pretty impressed with this season’s artists. Njoroge and Rob, Robert and Katie, and Jennifer and Mel are all safe this week. In the bottom is Yvonne and Greg and Johnny and Ant, leaving Melissa and Anna and Walter and Kaleb vying for the top look.

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Melissa is the one that takes top look for her beautiful work on their hunter’s cowl and the first person to be sent home this season is Greg, who really didn’t do much of anything.

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‘Face Off’ Recap: Movie Magic Part 2

It’s the finale!! Such a bittersweet moment!

We pick up right where we left off last week with Evan doubting his ability to make a third character. Mckenzie knows just how challenging it will be, so she has brought some additional help for the artists. In walks Ricky, Jason, and Libby, who are quickly snagged up by Nora, Ben, and Evan respectively.

Evan’s third character will be the fully evolved version of his other two infected characters. For Nora it is going to be a bit of a challenge to create her third character, which has to be even bigger than her hunter. Ben’s new character is a female meant to be sacrificed to his ancient alien character.

The finale is going to take place at Pulsa Rosa Ranch. Each finalist will have their applications and last looks in their very own makeup trailers.

First up for the screen test is Nora, who is micromanaging like a boss. Every last speck of dirt is placed according to her vision. When time is called they are all driven over to their set amongst the trees. Ve, Glenn, and Neville are there to watch how the characters perform and interact as well as what they look like on film. Patrick wants to see Nora’s hunter chase the prey character through a stream, which forces her to do some last minute waterproofing. Finally they get the footage of the larger ally character and Nora couldn’t be happier with how menacing he looks.

Second screen test goes to Ben, whose edges have come out far better than they did on his trial screen test. They have all learned from their previous mistakes and are knocking the priest and ancient down without a hitch. Their victim character, however, is having serious difficulties with edges and the beauty makeup application. To hide the bubbled edge, Ben throws down some blood to make the appearance of a wound before heading off to set. The first scene looks great and the contrast between the priest and the ancient really play well together. Unfortunately the mouth of his victim isn’t cooperating and has turned into an opaque mess. Along with the bubbled mouth problem, Patrick also asks that they get rid of the purple contacts. We will have to  wait and see if the messed up victim knocks Ben out of the top.

Evan is up finally and his third creature requires a lot of work. There’s only an hour left and the entire paint job still needs to be done. Patrick is fond of the new makeup choices and changes that were made on the first two characters in that they look far more human. Ve, Neville and Glenn seem very please with Evan’s new massive creature as well.

 

Filming is complete on all three short stories and now is judgment time. The judges get the opportunity to speak with each artist individually about their characters as well as view the final films.

In the end, this season’s champion of Face Off Season 9 is Nora!

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The next season returns in January so don’t forget to tune in!

Do you think Nora deserved to win? Let us know in the comments!

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‘Face off’ Recap: Movie Magic

This week’s episode is a little different in that there is no winner at the end. Next week will reveal the new Face Off Champion! If you missed this week’s episode I highly recommend checking it out to really see how the artists created their final makeups.

The artists get the opportunity to work on characters for three screenplays by Patrick Tatopoulos, each creating the two main characters. Ben will be working on “Resurrection”, Nora has “The Prey”, and Evan will be designing for “Quarantine Zone”. They are each given the opportunity to look over story boards for their character’s direction as well as some one-on-one time with Patrick to discuss in detail what he is looking for on each character.

Mckenzie lets the artists know they will also be getting an opportunity to do a camera test with their characters to see how they look on film. They will then each have 2 additional days to make the proper adjustments before the final reveal. Of course for the finale each artist gets to pick two helpers; Ben chooses Jordan and Scott, Nora grabs Jasmine and Meg, while Evan will be working with Stevie and Kevon.

After the three days of sculpting, molding, painting and applying it is time for their camera tests. Each artist gets to watch how their characters appear on film, their movements, coloring, etc. with direction from Patrick. They then discuss the areas he would like them to improve on and it appears Evan has the most work to do.

Before they head out and prepare for the finale, Mckenzie has one last announcement. Often time screenplays change and adapt and these are no different. An additional character has been added to each, giving the artists the added task of creating an entirely new makeup that reads well on screen in addition to the fixes they need to make. Anyone else notice Evan looks like a deer in headlights? I can’t wait to see who will be the next Champion in next week’s finale! I’m on Team Ben currently since Scott is out.

Who do you think it will be? Let us know in the comments!

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‘Face Off’ Recap: Death Becomes Them

The remaining artists meet up with Mckenzie at the Universal backlot at the original Munster’s house. This was one of the first projects Michael Westmore ever worked on. For their spotlight challenge they must choose a gravestone and create their own member of a quirky, macabre family similar to The Munsters and Addams Family.

Nora– Blacksheep Cousin

Evan– Bully Older Brother

Ben– Inappropriate Uncle

Scott– Stern Father

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Two artists will be heading home at the end of the challenge, leaving just the final three contestants. 

Scott draws inspiration from his own father who passed away after he graduated high school and decides to make a Ward Cleaver type character that is a lobotomized zombie. Nora decides that her blacksheep will literally be from a sheep creature family. Her character will be a bubbly alternative cousin. For Evan it was clear that a bully older brother would be a bull type demon with a strong jaw and features, but Michael Westmore thinks it may be a bit too much on the demon side. To this Evan decides to rip off his clay and start again.

Glenn says that the concept for Evan’s bully older brother is spot on, however his coloring and edges bring it down. Ve loves Scott’s zombie stern father, but wants a little more color to highlight the decay in him. Ben’s inappropriate Uncle is the epitome of creepy according to Neville, so much that Ve gets uncomfortable just looking at him. Nora explains her black sheep cousin who comes from an occult family and can’t help but be optimistic. Glenn finds the character perfect, but notes that more than a little blending is needed in the paint job on her. Jordan’s spinster Aunt is very cartoony,  but it’s also reminiscent of his previous creations. Glenn thinks that in order to commit to something so over the top he will really need to go even further to sell it.

The first artist heading into the finale with tonight’s top look is Ben. The second artist heading into the finale is Nora, leaving Scott, Jordan, and Evan to fight for the final spot. Before the judges give their choice, they get one more hour of last looks to improve their family members based on the feedback they received from the judges!

After the changes are all made and the judges discuss how well the artists utilized that extra hour and listened to their criticism, the final artist moving into the finale is Sco…. Evan? Wait, what? So Evan is moving on to the finale with Nora and Ben, while Scott and Jordan are heading home.

Does anyone else feel like Scott was robbed of the finale after having never been in the bottom? Just me? Yea, didn’t think so. It should be interesting to see what the finale holds in store this season.

Do you agree or disagree with the judges choices? Let us know in the comments! 

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RECAP – ‘Face Off’ Ep 10: Beyond The Expanse

This week the artists are joined by Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck, the creators of The Expanse, an upcoming SyFy series. Each of the six remaining artists will be making their own human race that has adapted to their environment in space several hundreds of years in the future. Each artist will choose one of seven catastrophic scenarios to adapt their human to.

Scott chooses first and right away picks nuclear fallout. Nora grabs toxic pollution, Evan takes severe drought, Ben nabs volcanic disaster, Stevie likes polar melting, and lastly, Jordan chooses ice age.

Since this is another focus challenge their blending and edges must be perfect. Fabrication means nothing if their face is not on point.

Nora is really feeling the stress and pressure and is literally in tears as she sculpts. She has no choice but to rip off everything she has done thus far and start over.

When Michael Westmore does his walk through, he and Mckenzie are concerned that Scott has lost all the human aspect in the challenge and his sculpt is entirely insectoid. They are so concerned, in fact, that they come back after leaving to talk to him again about it.

Nora is finally happy with her sculpt and mold, and scott redesigns his sculpt to add more human elements in hopes it is more fitting for the challenge.

Nora and Scott are safe this week, leaving Stevie, Jordan, Ben, and Evan in the top and bottoms looks.

Ve feels like Jordan’s makeup has a very complete look and tells a great story of how this character stays warm in an ice age. Ben’s makeup lacks an evolutionary look, with Neville pointing out it does not look as though he considered how a person would evolve in volcanic conditions. Evan has a beautiful design and has made sound design choices. Glenn specifically finds his anatomical forms to be spot on and the appliance to collect condensation is very thoughtful. Stevie’s makeup appears crooked and lacks a strong color pallet.

The winner this week is Evan for his huge risks that paid off tremendously. We must say goodbye to Stevie whose details this week just did not come together. She packs up her kit and heads home.

With only five contestants remaining, who do you think will make it into the final three? Let us know in the comments! 

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‘Face Off’ Ep 10: Freak Show

This week’s Face Off starts out with a foundation challenge where the artists must create an intimidating tribal makeup inspired by a unique weapon. The contestants must match the face makeup with that of the upper body, as well. The judge for this is Robin Mathews, whose work includes Twilight, Oz the Great and Powerful, and Dallas Buyers Club. 

Meg and Scott have Robin’s favorite looks, and it is Scott that takes the win and immunity.

For their spotlight challenge, the artists meet up with Mackenzie, who is surroundedface2 by old fashioned freak show advertisements. They must each create a fantastical character that would be right at home in an old-time freak show. The artists have to spin a wheel of chance to choose their character. The artist’s characters are as follows:

Nora-Lobster Larry

Meg– Inside-Out Oscar

Evan– Moon Girl

Stevie– Icicle Irma

Jordan– Elephant Lady

Ben– The Human Peacock

Scott-Twisted Tom

 The sculpting begins once the contestants are back at the lab. They all have pretty solid concepts, except for Nora who ends up scraping her sculpt and starting over since she feels it looks too mask-like. Stevie decides to scrap the icicles she was sculpting and use hot glue to create them instead. Meg gets her mold done early, but it is sealed and she has to chisel it open with the help of Scott. Ben and Evan’s pieces are mangled after being molded and must be repaired before they can apply them to the models.The time ticks away quickly and it is soon last-looks. Each artist is scrambling to put the finishing touches on their freaks to try and impress the judges.

Once each model is presented, the judges then take a closer look. Ve loves Ben’s human peacock and how realistic it is. Glenn says Meg’s Inside out Oscar is some “straight up Party City sh*t.” That definitely doesn’t sound good for her. Once scored, Scott, Jordan and Stevie are safe this week.

Neville makes a terrible joke about the gold teeth that Nora has given her Lobster Larry, calling him a “grilled lobster.” Overall, the judges (except Ve) find her application to be clean and a great interpretation of the challenge.

Ve argues that Meg’s sculpt is very Monkey-like and Glenn comments that she fell short on her anatomy.

Ben’s sculpt is incredibly well done in form and they love he kept it human enough to be seen as a true deformity.

Evan’s Moon Girl ends up being a terrible sculpt, even though the idea is fairly comical in premise.

Glenn announces there is only one top look this week and it is Ben’s Human Peacock, though Nora is also safe. With a bad sculpt, bad anatomy, and overall bad concept, Meg is chosen to pack up her kit and head home.

What do you think of the judges decisions this week? With only 6 artists left, who do you think will take the win?

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Face Off: EP 9: Judgement Day

This week’s challenge is presented to the artists by Mackenzie and Glenn and will feature the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Glenn, who did similar work on Legion, tells the artists to be true to the essence of Famine, War, Pestilence and Death. The eight remaining artists are broken up into two teams of four and even though this is an individual challenge, their ideas must have some cohesive element.

Kevon, Ben, Evan and Nora get to work creating a concept for their horsemen and Nora, who has famine, immediately knows she wants to use barbed wire to create hers. Meg, Scott, Stevie, and Jordan have to make their ideas cohesive and Meg comes up with the idea that they should each have some kind of time piece to unite them.

At the lab Nora begins to question her concept and feels like it may not be turning out how she sees it in her head. Evan gives her his opinion on it and so far he thinks it’s a solid idea; this is enough to put her head back in the game and she is able to finish up her sculpt. When Michael Westmore does his walk through he warns Kevon to be careful with his pestilence sculpt and the tendrils he wants to add to it, cautioning that it may read more alien than horseman. Kevon decides to move them from the head area of his sculpt to the mouth area to fill  out the hole that he has created there.

When last looks comes around Ben has literally accepted that he is going home this week. He does not like his sculpt of kevlar armor built into his War character’s chest and now the paint on it is just getting muddy and is all red. Their team all make sure to remember attach the collars that their Death will be leading them with and just like that, time is up.

The judges take their closer looks and decide to put the entire team of Kevon, Evan, Nora, and Ben into the top and bottom and the other team is safe this week. Ve loves how Nora was able to create an amazing skin tone on her Famine model that matches so well from the head to the chest and he barbed wire works well. Glenn particularly likes Evan’s Death and the way he achieved a real metal look on it’s mask and continued the shapes from his face into the mask. Ben knows his looks horrible and it is definitely confirmed when the judges let him know what all is wrong with it. Even Neville says he doesn’t want to “kick him when he is down” so-to-speak but knows he is aware of the areas he failed. The judges all agree that Kevon’s Pestilence doesn’t meet this week’s challenge and looks too bug-like. It may have been a good makeup for another challenge, but not for the horseman it is supposed to be.

In the end it is Evan’s Death that takes the win this week and unfortunately Kevon will be going home.

Tell us what you thought of the judges decision in the comments below!

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Face Off: EP 6: The Gauntlet

This week is the first ever Gauntlet on Face Off. It will consist of 3 parts, each being more heavily weighted that the last, and at the end, we will have a final ranking with one artist packing up their bags.

stage1winnoraThe first challenge in The Gauntlet will test the artist’s ability to create an extreme but lifelike exposure makeup. Half the artists will have to make a cold exposure makeup while the other half makes a heat exposure makeup. They will have only two hours to complete their looks, and the judges will be Ve, Glenn, and Neville. Nora works on her model’s hands, blacking out the fingertips to give it a frost-bitten dead skin look while Jasmine begins making ooze pockets on her model to make it look as though he was exposed to some form of poison. She doesn’t seem to understand the exposure is supposed to be to the heat of the desert, although her makeup looks really good. When the judges pass through she realizes her mistake, and fears it may cause her to score really low.

The judges choose Nora’s frostbite victim to be the winner of this challenge, and rank the artists as follows:

Nora, Jordan, Scott, Meg, Ben, Jasmine, Evan, Stevie, and Kevon. Needless to say Kevon is now very worried.

Stage two has the artists creating an incredible paint job on models that already have prosthetics.stage2winkevon For some artists paint is not their strong suite, and they are immediately apprehensive about their work. The judges love Ben and Kevon’s makeup, essentially saving Kevon from the bottom and rocketing him straight to the top. Since state two is weighed more heavily, it drastically changes the rankings and they now stand as such:

Kevon in first, Ben, Nora and Jordan tied for second, Meg is fifth, Scott drops to sixth, Jasmine in seventh, and Evan and Stevie tied for last.

Stage three begins the following day where the artists meet up with Mckenzie in the lab, and she has every model there with her. Since there are almost 30 models, each artist will get 3 models, and must create a main character and two background characters. In addition to that, they randomly choose the type of characters they must create with 3 artists getting goblins, 3 artists getting angels, and 3 artists getting witches/wizards.

For this challenge they will have only 4 hours with 1 hour for last looks so they must make the most out of pre-made prosthetics, and paint to make their characters look cohesive and complete. Once presented, Scott, Kevon, and Ben are excused as safe and the judges talk to each of the other artists individually. Nora, Stevie and Evan are among their favorite looks with Evan winning this round; while Jordan, Jasmine, and Meg fall short and into the bottom. Since stage 3 is more heavily weighted than stage two was, the new rankings are:

Nora in first, Evan is second, Scott is third, Kevon is fourth, Jordan is fifth, and Ben is sixth. Meg, Stevie, and Jasmine are all in the bottom three, and any one of them could be heading home. Of the three in the bottom, Jasmine was in the bottom for all three challenges making her ranking 9th overall and she must pack up her kit and head home.


Tell us what you thought of The Gauntlet in the comments. Should this be on every season of Face Off?

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Face Off Ep 6: Extraterrestrial Enterprise

This week’s Foundation Challenge uses inspiration from 60’s sci-fi shows like Lost in Space, Buck Rogers, and Star Trek. The guest judge is Michael Westmore for his extensive work with the Star Trek franchise. Each artist chooses a landscape and model to create their retro alien using Michael Westmore’s advise to not rely heavily on prosthetics, but to use paint to really highlight the features.

Evan’s avatar-ish alien and Jordan’s green and orange bombshell alien are his favoritesface1 with Evan’s coming out on top, winning him immunity.

Ve and Neville join Michael Westmore in the lab, each having had a hand in the evolution of the Klingon race. This evolution plays a pivotal part of this weeks spotlight challenge because the artists must now take their 60’s retro alien, and evolve their design into a modern day sci-fi alien. The three will be coming around to each artist to give input on their designs, and the proper way to show the evolution in makeup.

Ben hates his foundation makeup, and feeling very uninspired for the spotlight because of this, is worried he may not be able to turn it around. When it’s time for Michael Westmore to visit them in the lab he brings with him Jonathan Frakes!! (Each artist totally geeks out, there may even have been some tears.) He and Michael Westmore visit each artist, and advise on their sculpts thus far.

Stevie has a lot of little things in her sculpt that they recommend changes on to make the look more cohesive. They particularly don’t like her “cute” nose and give her tips on how to make it better. Meg runs out of time with her mold and is forced to use polyfoam for her cowl on day 3. She is the self-dubbed “queen of the bottom 3,” and is worried this week will be her last if she finds herself once more in bottom looks. All of her painting must be done in last looks.  

Guest judge with Glenn, Ve and Neville is none other than Michael Dorn! Worf!!! (omg omg omg!)

This week as each makeup is revealed, they morph first into the foundation look, and then evolve into the modern makeup the artist has created. Mckenzie dismisses Kevon, Evan, Nora, Meg, and Ricky as the artists that are “safe” this week, leaving Stevie, Scott, Jasmine, Ben, Jason, and Jordan as the best and worst.

Glenn tells Stevie her makeup is one of the best paint jobs in terms of technique has has seen on the show thus far which looks as though it comes as a shock to her. Scott’s underground water alien is “stunning” according to Ve and Neville particularly likes the sculptural elements in her face. Jasmine’s makeup has fundamental sculpt flaws and although Michael Dorn loves the top of the head, he feels the nose and lip have gone awry. Ben really managed to transform his original design and created an incredibly successful makeup with realistic skin texture. Glenn tells Jason he has a massive amount of technical errors in his sculpt. Jordan had one of the top two looks during the foundation challenge but now Ve is disappointed in where he took his makeup, while Glenn advises that building armor which helped his character last week did not help him this week as more time should have been spent on his sculpt and paint.

The winner tonight is Ben who originally thought he would just be “polishing a turd” managed to create a seamless, believable alien. Jason will be packing his makeup kit tonight with just too many flaws in his look tonight for the judges.

Let us know what you thought of the looks this week and just how excited you were for the guest judges!

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