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Like “Shear Genius,” but for SFX makeup! 
20th-Jan-2011 01:59 pm
TV
YOU GUYS, I AM WAY TOO EXCITED ABOUT THIS:

http://www.syfy.com/faceoff/
Face Off is a competition/elimination series exploring the world of special-effects make-up artists and the unlimited imagination that allows them to create amazing works of living art. The contestants are tasked with elaborate feature challenges including executing full body paint make up on models and creating their own horror villain. Not only will the show incorporate effects make-up, it will include a wide range of skill sets including prosthetics, 3-D design, sculpting, eye enhancers, casting and molding. Each episode involves incredible reveals of the competitors' finished work, and the drama of one contestant being sent home by the panel of expert and celebrity judges. It all culminates in one winner and one grand prize that will launch a career.

...Actress McKenzie Westmore hosts the series, bringing poise and a rich history to her role as part of the Westmore family, whose name is synonymous with the makeup effects field.

This could be really, really cool. I'm one of those people who loves knowing How They Did It. Plus, the hostess is not only descended from a line of Hollywood FX artists (her dad worked on every iteration of Star Trek — TV and film — from TNG to Enterprise), she was one of the leads on the absolutely batshit soap opera Passions, which I was briefly addicted to while unemployed. (I hated her character, Sheridan Lopez-Fitzgerald (née Crane), but then I hated all the characters except for the evil patriarch, Alistair Crane, a silver-maned Magnificent Bastard con brio.)
Comments 
20th-Jan-2011 07:00 pm (UTC)
I am so excited too! We saw a preview for it during Being Human, and were all YAYYYYYYYYYY.
20th-Jan-2011 07:32 pm (UTC)
Every once in a while these "reality TV contests" actually come up with an interesting idea. This could almost be interesting and enjoyable. Which probably means it'll get cancelled after one season. Cheeky networks.
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