Face Off is a competition/elimination series in which special effects make-up artists participate in elaborate challenges for a grand prize and the honor of being Hollywood’s next great effects artist.
I know that the premise is television based, but the fascinating art that comes from amateur artists transcends the medium.
Each week, the artists create monsters, aliens, goddesses, and other imaginary characters, and come up with strange and often nightmarish creations.
If you can get past the bizzarre end product of the art, take a closer look at the talent it takes to create beauties and monstrosities.
Like an art show competition, artists compete not only with each other but with their own creativity.
Everyone has the same tools, the same timeline, yet they must come up with a design that has never been seen before.
As writers and painters take images from the mind and bring them into the second dimension, prosthetic artists must bring that same vision into the third dimension, giving it depth, weight, and height.
There are no computer generated effects here — only pure, hard work, deft fingers, and the drive to create something magnificent.
Face Off is can be found on the SciFi Channel and at their website, http://www.syfy.com/faceoff.