Face Off Season 3: Dancing To Cantina Music
Face Off: It’s like the make up/fantasy version of Project Runway. Though Project Runway would never have started off with a group challenge. But before we get to that, let’s start off with the rooftop party starring the show’s version of Heidi, McKenzie Westmore and Sean Astin, who introduce this week’s Foundation Challenge that determines who will have immunity on the main challenge.
The Foundation Challenge is a face-make challenge showing “who you are” (natch) using one aspect of the rooftop party as part of the design. Most of the designers go from the plants from around the rooftop, but a few are more daring, using soda bottles or lentils. Since this is our way of introducing the contestants, here they are with a quick description of what they made.
- Nicole–Tribal Warrior with leafy scales on his face
- Eric (twin to Derek)–He called it a witch, but Sean was right–this looked like an exotic bird. A beautiful bird, but not a witch.
- Joe–“Burned to death cheerleader” I didn’t think it looked at all like a cheerleader. Sean didn’t like it either. Joe got all offended.
- Derek (twin to Eric)–“Bird of Paradise” The airbrushing was stunning.
- Alana–“Voodoo Witch Man.” It was really boring–there were no prosthetics. Sean called it “unfinished.”
- Jason–Did another “Bird of Paradise” not as good or finished looking as Derek’s.
- Sarah–Did a masked lady, not bad but also looked unfinished.
- Tommy– TREEBEARD! No really, it was a tree beard with leaves glued all over the face.
- Laura–A Catlady with flowers behind one ear. Felt a bit like cheating.
- Rod–another take on Treebeard, with huge leaves covering the neck.
- Roy–this was the coke bottle bird beak. I wouldn’t have known it was a coke bottle if I hadn’t seen him make it.
- CC–This was the one who used lentils for scales. Neat idea, but also looked unfinished.
Sean’s favorites were Derek and Eric. The winner (and he who has immunity) was Eric.
Onto the Spotlight Challenge: Making a modern alien characters for the famous Cantina Scene from Star Wars. There will be six characters made, so everyone will be working in teams of two. The guest to introduce this challenge is Matthew Wood from “The Clone Wars.” The teams are randomly selected by the show they are:
- Alana and Nicole–who know nothing about Star Wars
- CC and Derek–their idea is a soulful jazzy sax player.
- Joe and Tommy–Joe already has shown himself to have serious issues. Poor Tommy.
- Roy and Rod–The older guys, they saw Star Wars in the theater in the 70s.
- Laura and Sarah–Huge Star Wars geeks, they are over the moon about this.
- Eric and Jason–Jason’s a little worried that since Eric has immunity he’ll be screwed if something goes wrong.
All the drama in the workroom ends up around Alana and Nicole, whose idea is really too ambitious for the time allowed (It’s a two-day challenge) and Joe essentially being a horrible person. By the time we get to judging, I hope their team is in the bottom so I can be rid of him.
The regular judges for this show are Glenn Hetrick, Ve Neill and Patrick Tatopoulos. Patrick is only here for the opening episode, since he’s a working director and is shipping out to Bulgaria next week. He will be replaced by Neville Page.
Now that we’ve got the house keeping out of the way: On to the creatures!
Alana and Nicole: It’s not a bad idea, and it’s sort of miracle they pulled it out. I really like the fore arm work.
Eric and Jason. Turns out Jason needn’t have worried. Though this was not as good as some of the others, it was nowhere near a disaster.
Laura and Sarah. I loved this piece. She’s clean, her airbrushing is gorgeous. But what I really loved what how she looked when she came out. Very Star Wars, yet very sexy.
This concept was fantastic–the tiny little alien in the big hulking robot skeleton. I wouldn’t say this was a clean as Laura and Sarah’s, but it gets major bonus points for different. It doesn’t surprise me that the Judges declare this one the winner, and Rod–as the one responsible for the make-up–as the overall winner. This character will appear in “The Clone Wars” as a cartoon character.
CC and Derek–because when I think “soulful sexy jazz musician” I think “Demon from the pit of hell.” Oh wait, no I don’t. I honestly don’t think they were every in danger though, because as off as their concept was, the execution (especially CC’s chest piece) and the air brushing were very well done. I really do like the brain bits and the styling. I just don’t think most demons from the pit of hell would agree that “sax is their ax.”
This was godawful. Tommy knew it too. Joe’s style is hideous. Fine if you want to be hideous, but don’t declare that hideous “sexy.” Like with Joe’s cheerleader earlier, there’s nothing about it that would convey to an audience that it is a sexual being except his declaration is it so. I mean, I’m not going to speak for the rest of the Cantina crowd, but is this a face I want to see parading about in its underwear? Ewww. No. This looks like the rubber monster from a toxic lagoon.
Joe’s meltdown at the being criticized is no surprise, considering how defensive he got earlier over Sean’s mild remark that he wasn’t loving Joe’s cheerleader. What is surprising is that he gets up and walks out and quits the competition because he is so unable to handle being told his work is ugly.
Tommy should breathe a sigh of relief, as Joe’s defection means that the judges won’t eliminate anyone this week. Tommy declares himself grateful for the chance to get to do his own work next week and “show the judges what he really can do.” I know I’m looking forward to it to, and I am very thankful Joe and his stank attitude is gone.