There's this really cool competition show called Face Off about special makeup FX artists. It’s really awesome and I highly recommend it to all of you sci-fi/horror/fantasy lovers out there.
Now, I know what you're thinking, competition shows are full of unnecessary drama, contestants fighting and judges being mean... but this show is different (well, with the exception of season 1 when the show was still trying to find its footing). They’re on their 9th season now and it’s just amazing. There’s no drama and it’s all about these artists’ creativity. The contestants are really sweet and even help each other out, which is unheard of when it comes to reality TV!
The host is McKenzie Westmore, daughter of the legendary Michael Westmore. He was the key makeup artist on most of the Star Trek shows and now serves as the contestants’ mentor and adviser.
The judges are great too; huge names in the makeup FX industry:
There’s Glenn Hetrick who worked on Buffy, Angel, Heroes, and a gazillion of other projects we all know and love. Recently, he’s been working on the Hunger Games movies.
Next, we have Ve Neill who is Tim Burton’s go-to artist when it comes to makeup application. She made characters like Jack Sparrow, Edward Scissorhands and Beatlejuice look really cool. She also worked on the Batman, Spiderman, X-man movies and the Hunger Games.
The third judge is concept designer Neville Page of the Chronicles of Narnia and Avatar fame.
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^ Thanks for starting up this thread. This seems like a Reality Show I would actually watch, that's for sure!
Michael Westmore is a genius, and I really appreciated his alien make-up in Star Trek, and still do. I liked all the other performers that you mentioned as well.
I checked out some of the videos on YouTube, and they are super interesting. Here's one with a sneak peak of Season 12, episode 8.
I don't know which channel has this show where I live, but I will definitely be looking for it. If we can't have a new Star Trek TV series, then this is a great way to spend time feeding my sci-fi obsession, LOL.
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I love Face Off because it shows you how they do makeup and stuff. It's an awesome process and the makeup artists are so damned talented. It's an awesome show and I'm really glad it is or was on the air.