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Posted Jan 16, 2011 @ 7:26 PM

I didn't see a thread for this yet, in Competitive Reality or Sci-fi Shows.

"Twelve make up artists go head-to-head to become the next big name in movie magic. A new Syfy Original series, "Face Off."

Premiering Wednesday, January 26 at 10/9c, on Syfy.

Now this is something I can really get into. No taste issues, no "wearability" concerns or "real woman" challenges. No thinking, Am I out of step with what's going on in fashion? Because I think that's ugly. It's a Project Runway for science fiction/fantasy fans! I think it'll be a welcome break from boring old clothes.
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Posted Jan 26, 2011 @ 1:58 PM

Just heard about this today and I am pretty excited for all the reasons you cited, Bungalow Joy, so I am looking forward to the premiere tonight!
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Posted Jan 26, 2011 @ 11:28 PM

I'm glad I saw a promo for the show while I was fast-forwarding through the commercials for 'Being Human' because I really liked the first episode- some genuinely creative contestants in the group, critique that was tough without being personal or the judges trying too hard for a line, and I always like getting to see how old school fx works. Nice to see a guy from Optic Nerve on the judging panel. I've liked their creatures from Buffy and Babylon 5.

I just really can't wait until the whole ear disc thing goes out of fashion forever. Seems like half the contestants had them and I just think they're hideous.
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Posted Jan 26, 2011 @ 11:49 PM

I haven't enjoyed a competitive reality show this much since early Top Chef! Unfortunately they are using the same tired formula: Foundation (Quickfire), Spotlight (main challenge), then someone goes home. I really would like to see a group of competitors stay for the entire run and be judged in the finale based on their entire body of work. Nonetheless, it's still fascinating and I'm looking forward to the next week. I'm guessing it'll be mostly prosthetic work, although I'd like to see some really imaginative stuff done without it in at least one challenge.
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Posted Jan 26, 2011 @ 11:59 PM

Was anybody else reminded of "Howard the Duck"? I spent the entire time thinking of that when I saw the one ostrich monstrosity.

And why are there two female contestants who look almost the same? I spent the entire time not being able to tell them apart.

I really did enjoy the palm frond/chameleon in the Foundation challenge. The prospects for this show seem entertaining.
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Posted Jan 27, 2011 @ 2:33 AM

That was fun enough! I love seeing the process and all the equipment and materials they get to use. The ostrich (the real one) was cool, but it was kind of an indulgence to bring in a real live elephant. I don't get why everyone was so against doing the beetle. It seems to me the one thing you can really do something amazing with, and one of the teams did.

This looks like a great show. Looking forward to the season.
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Posted Jan 27, 2011 @ 2:41 AM

I liked the show but wasn't as wow'd as I thought I would be. I expect once they thin the herd and you get a chance to see more of the work it may get a bit more interesting.
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Posted Jan 27, 2011 @ 9:40 AM

Love this show. Totally hooked. Could do without the GIANT SPACERS in that one girl's ears.

Why is it that the most annoying people on reality shows (FRANK) end up being some of the most talented? That beetle outfit was insane!
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Posted Jan 27, 2011 @ 11:53 AM

Was anybody else reminded of "Howard the Duck"? I spent the entire time thinking of that when I saw the one ostrich monstrosity.


Very much so.

I think the problem with the beetle is that you have to be somewhat careful to not end up with a finished look that's a total cliche.
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Posted Jan 27, 2011 @ 11:53 AM

While the formula is the same, re Top Chef, the premise of the show is really interesting. I agreed with the bootee and that she looked like a female "Howard the Duck".

I will defo tune in again. They scored some pretty great judges for the show.
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Posted Jan 27, 2011 @ 11:57 AM

I haven't enjoyed a competitive reality show this much since early Top Chef! Unfortunately they are using the same tired formula: Foundation (Quickfire), Spotlight (main challenge), then someone goes home. I really would like to see a group of competitors stay for the entire run and be judged in the finale based on their entire body of work.


MsLark, I've often thought this and have said as much on other threads here (Bravo's Work of Art show, especially). But I guess, if there wasn't some jeopardy involved every week, the excitement would be gone and you wouldn't tune in as eagerly. I'm glad they gave them 3 days to do the work though. That's been my complaint with other shows -- they never really give the competitors a good chunk of time to show what they can really do.
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Posted Jan 27, 2011 @ 3:46 PM

I'm glad they gave them 3 days to do the work though. That's been my complaint with other shows -- they never really give the competitors a good chunk of time to show what they can really do.

Yep, I'm in total agreement there. As for Work of Art, oy Miles. [Rolls eyes.]

Next week, looks like I get my wish for something that's not prosthetic. Should be interesting.

Got to say, having Mackenzie Westmore hosting is a real plus. Mac looks great and she knows the biz.
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Posted Jan 27, 2011 @ 11:08 PM

And why are there two female contestants who look almost the same?

You mean the 2 with the bangs that reminded me of Kenley from Project Runway? Is that really a popular style? Because I've never seen anyone in real life with that hairdo, it's only on reality shows.

I was really surprised that the contestants came from all over the US, and there seemed to be a wide desparity in experience from people right out of school to others who had 15+ years of experience. Who knew that there was such a demand for make-up artists like this? One guy said he worked on 6 movies, IIRC. Why is he even eligible for a show like this?

Was anybody else reminded of "Howard the Duck"?

Thank you. I knew it reminded me of something, but I couldn't remember what.

Edited by Quilt Fairy, Jan 27, 2011 @ 11:10 PM.

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Posted Jan 28, 2011 @ 12:10 AM

You mean the 2 with the bangs that reminded me of Kenley from Project Runway? Is that really a popular style? Because I've never seen anyone in real life with that hairdo, it's only on reality shows.


Isn't it an homage to Betty Page ?

Betty Page
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Posted Jan 28, 2011 @ 3:30 AM

Was anybody else reminded of "Howard the Duck"? I spent the entire time thinking of that when I saw the one ostrich monstrosity.

Thirding or fifthing this one. All I could think of was Howard from the first moments I clapped eyes on it.

I enjoyed seeing how they did some of the work and look forward to discovering even greater technical detail once the herd is thinned.

Betty Page is the original. All others are pale and less pale knock-offs.
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Posted Jan 28, 2011 @ 3:31 AM

Was anybody else reminded of "Howard the Duck"? I spent the entire time thinking of that when I saw the one ostrich monstrosity.

Thirding or fifthing this one. All I could think of was Howard from the first moments I clapped eyes on it.

I enjoyed seeing how they did some of the work and look forward to discovering even greater technical detail once the herd is thinned.

Betty Page is the original. All others are pale and less pale knock-offs.
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Posted Jan 28, 2011 @ 11:15 AM

Isn't it an homage to Betty Page ?

I understand that. The question is, why would a modern girl be interested in this style?
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Posted Jan 28, 2011 @ 11:26 AM

I understand that. The question is, why would a modern girl be interested in this style?


Oops, it's Bettie not Betty. It's the flip side of hipster guys aping a rockabilly look.
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Posted Jan 28, 2011 @ 4:15 PM

I didn't realize so many people in the movie make-up business were douchebags.

And for the love of Thor, STOP using the word literally when you mean figuratively. Every other sentance was "I literally did" or "I literally went". No, you didn't and please shut up.
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Posted Jan 29, 2011 @ 2:14 AM

Guido, it's a shame because in documentaries and behind-the-scenes clips I've seen over the years the movie make-up and creature shop people were the coolest of the bunch. I guess for this show they had to dig up 8-10 ill-tempered pains in the ass.

And for the love of Thor, STOP using the word literally when you mean figuratively. Every other sentance was "I literally did" or "I literally went". No, you didn't and please shut up.


Thank you! This is one of my biggest pet peeves and it makes me want to figuratively jump out a window.

I thought the pair that did the elephant (symmetrical, with the trunk) did a great job. The elephant skin wrinkles enhanced movement when the model did the chewing motion.

Edited by Asari, Jan 29, 2011 @ 2:18 AM.

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Posted Jan 31, 2011 @ 1:49 PM

My people! I am so in. I love the whole concept. It looks like they plan to really push the limits and get creative. Looking forward to it.

And for the love of Thor, STOP using the word literally when you mean figuratively. Every other sentance was "I literally did" or "I literally went". No, you didn't and please shut up

Oof. I agree. Shut up, dude. You are literally an idiot.

My only gripe is tiny--you could tell from jump who was leaving. And really, people, we're tuning in to see the work, not to see a douchebag acting like a douchebag. Cut a few seconds from the douchebag, or the people running into the house squealing, and show us ALL the work and feedback. I felt gypped during the first challenge when we only saw half the finished products! Boo.

I loved them bringing in the elephant! It was theater. But from a practical standpoint, its great that the artists can get up close and see what it is they are trying to evoke in their work. Loved it.
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Posted Jan 31, 2011 @ 11:43 PM

I didn't much enjoy the show but I'm going to try to give it a chance. After the quickfire and part of the elimination (sorry I can't remember what they were really called, I just channelled Top Chef) I decided to just tune back in at the end to see what they had done. I was really impressed with the elephant one that had the feet.

And for the love of Thor, STOP using the word literally when you mean figuratively. Every other sentance was "I literally did" or "I literally went". No, you didn't and please shut up.


I thought it was just me! I thought maybe they'd changed the definition of literally when they rearranged the horoscope signs.
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Posted Feb 3, 2011 @ 10:39 AM

Gee, I wonder who was going to get voted off this week. It surely couldn't be Sergio, since they played 'wah wah' music every time they cut to him. Huge surprise there.

Frank is such a douchebag. I was sorry that guy who won (I don't care enough about anyone to remember names of people I like yet) couldn't call him out on his awful behavior. The winning body paint was SO GOOD. I couldn't tell her from the picture aside from the stomach, but the close up of her face was so well done!
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Posted Feb 3, 2011 @ 11:34 AM

Just watched both episodes, and I think I'll join the anti-Frank chorus. <sarcasm>It's so controversial</sarcasm> I actually thought he deserved to be in the bottom three - his elevator man went with the most obvious choice (blend into the background) and didn't do that especially well. I would have loved to have seen a robot or perhaps a superhero in that elevator.

Thrilled to see the fish do so well when that artist (sorry, I'll get the names about the time the show is over, I suspect) was, I think, the one who had the brief moment of despair that she was outclassed. I disagreed with the judges about the bronze statue, but acknowledge that they are the experts.
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Posted Feb 3, 2011 @ 1:05 PM

I had thought Meghan was out of place among prospective makeup professionals based on last week, but pulling off that angelfish paint job when she'd never used an airbrush to apply body paint before was pretty amazing. She may have the raw talent to be a contender even if she's relatively inexperienced.

I too liked the bronze statue effect more than the judges, but have to agree with their choice of Antonio as winner. That was just amazing work.

Between his half-assed job this week and that hybrid elephant abomination last week that looked like something a kid would have made for Halloween, Sergio really needed to go.

Anyone care to join me in wishing that the only work Frank finds from this point on be covering up performers' blemishes and tattoos on gay porn shoots?
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Posted Feb 3, 2011 @ 1:14 PM

I missed the part where they judged Frank's elevator shot. What did the panel think was so great about it that he was safe right off the bat??? And what did they say about the lampshade? I must have missed something there because it didn't make sense to me. I also can't believe he continues to finish up and sit back even after being called out on it once. At least make a pretense of being busy.
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Posted Feb 3, 2011 @ 1:34 PM

They didn't give him any feedback. He was part of the "middle" group that was neither the best nor the worst.

I felt so bad for his model. It seemed like Frank just treated him like a prop instead of a human being. That tattoo challenge was pretty lazy work on his part. I'll be happy to see him go.

I thought the paint job on the model with the books backdrop was awesome. Too bad we didn't get any feedback on it.

I'm really liking this show so far!
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Posted Feb 3, 2011 @ 3:08 PM

As a fan of other competitive reality shows, TC being my fave, I really like the way this show is run. The artists are given resonable time to work (whether the idiots choose to use that time is their choice). The judges get both a runway view, and then a more detailed look at the work being presented. The judging can be harsh, but is honest. And the host is not only knowledgable of the art or the guest judges, but she's actually not annoying. If only more art-based reality comps were like this one.

Tate and Tom seem to be the strongest ones there. Their entry interviews were impressive, and they are very creative in stressful situations. Though I really like the artist (Blanking on his name) with the NY skyline tattoo entry in this weeks foundation challenge.

Frank, on the other hand, is one hissy fit from being booted from the show and black listed from a local haunted house with that kind of work. His best idea for a tattoo is to copy his existing tats into visible ink?!? His best idea for body art with an elevator backdrop is to repaint his poor model to blend into the background and then hang a bright red lampshade on his head?!? He's obviously has the skill for the craft but lacks imagination (and initiative).

Gonna stick with this one to the very end.
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Posted Feb 3, 2011 @ 4:53 PM

Yeah, a second pretty-good episode and decent challenge. I think there are some great challenges to come too. I reserved judgment last week, but a headband, Sergio? A naked man with body smudges and a headband? Wow.
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Posted Feb 3, 2011 @ 8:17 PM

So Frank applied for and got the job of "Lazy Asshat who just does enough to Get By" Congrats to him for that. I'm sure it will take him further in the competition than his so-called talent. I wonder when he'll surprise us with the knowledge that "He's not here to make friends" just in case we missed his huge lack of people skills.

The show is kinda formulaic but so far I'm liking it. Anthony's(?) winning photo was fab. I'm in.
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