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Blue In The Face: SFX Movie Magic Begins Again


Summer is “cin-omous” with Summer Blockbuster movies. And, it is thanks to the movie magic people behind the scenes that we owe all the outrageous shoot outs and horror scares. These unsung hero’s of SFX create cyborgs, aliens, and so many memorable creatures which make our summer movies enjoyable and lasting. SyFy channel’s FACE OFF brings these artists out from the shadows and into the spotlight on their own competition reality series.


Now in its fifth season, Syfy’s popular special effects make-up reality competition series will pit past season’s veterans against a new crop of hopefuls in Face Off: The Vets Strike Back. Eight returning artists will compete against eight newbies in what has become a ratings winner for Syfy. The show earns an average of 1.6 million viewers 18-19 and 2.7 million total viewers in Live +7.


For their first Foundation challenge, the contestants must complete the looks of costumed partygoers for an elaborate costume ball, with colorfully dressed cast members from Syfy’s new docu-series Heroes of Cosplay (premiering immediately following Face Off) in attendance for inspiration. Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke serves as guest judge for the challenge. For the first Spotlight challenge, the contestants are split into two teams – veterans vs. newcomers. They are tasked with an elaborate challenge in which they must create five original fantasy characters – an ogre, pixie, fawn, troll and a witch. The characters must be cohesive and be able to live in their own hyper-stylized fantasy world. Academy Award winning makeup artist Bill Corso (Lemony Snicket: A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Amazing Spider-Man) is on hand to advise the contestants.


The season premier is on Tuesday, August 13 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Syfy.

As an artist, I am inspired by the creations of the SFX movie industry.  Check out my own attempts at movie creations in my column #WhatWillHeWear.

Check out our bonus Pictures on our Facebook page for more Face Off Highlights.

About the author: Bill Indursky
Bill Indursky is an architect, trend expert, and digital entrepreneur. He is the former founder of V&M (Vintage & Modern (2006-2013)) and the current founder of Design Life Network (DLN). DLN is a MAGAZINE + DESIGN AGENCY + MARKETPLACE + TV CHANNEL promoting inspiring design of all eras online and on TV.

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