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So, I've been watching Face Off

It's got some of the fakey drama that all reality shows have, of course, but it also has something priceless.

These artists are given all the supplies they need, a tight time budget, and a challenge, and they create dreams from scratch. You get to watch as they're given the challenge, as they come up with a concept, and as they do the work to make stuff.

Then you see the results, and see the judges discussing what they like, what they don't, and why.

It's pretty cool.

I can tell the part of me that does art is learning from just watching, though exactly what I'm learning is not (so far) manifesting in words. It'll be interesting to see, next time I have time to bring out the paints or the sculpy, how these new thoughts affect my work.



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Mar. 15th, 2012 01:03 pm (UTC)
So, like, do they give a medium and a concept, and they run with it, or just an idea, like, I don't know, "happiness" and the artist can use whatever medium they want?

Mar. 15th, 2012 06:52 pm (UTC)
The medium is to create a full movie makeup for a character and put it on the model. They did some with photo shoots and lots with simple posing and even a finale with dancers.

How much of the makeup might be foam or duct tape or feathers or cast molds in one material or another or something else altogether varied depending on the job. They had one show where each artist had to embody a phobia, another where the challenge was to pick an animal and a plant for inspiration; another where they were to create a human-animal hybrid; one where they had to age triplets to different ages; one where they were to create a Tim Burton-esque character.

The concept had limits for each challenge, but within those limits, the artist (or team of artists, sometimes they were teamed up) could do pretty much anything they wanted, given time constraints.

Some of the "oh no, I'm out of time!" things work, some don't. I liked the "oh, dear, the shoulder prosthetic ripped--guess what, character dude, you get a scar" save, for instance.
Mar. 16th, 2012 02:21 pm (UTC)
That sounds SO COOL. @_@ It almost makes me want to watch TV.

Mar. 17th, 2012 07:10 pm (UTC)
It IS pretty cool! It makes me want to try my hand at the process, though of course I don't have the supplies!!!
Mar. 15th, 2012 06:02 pm (UTC)
I LOVE Face-Off! And there will be another season this summer. Very stoked.

Did you see the finale last night?
Mar. 16th, 2012 03:17 am (UTC)
I did! :-D
Mar. 16th, 2012 03:17 am (UTC)
Yay, Rayce! I really wanted him to win.
Mar. 16th, 2012 03:29 am (UTC)
I'm disappointed that the final three were all men--especially when it was the very cool Girl Power character that was put down for no reason but a man saying "I just don't like it."
Mar. 16th, 2012 04:24 am (UTC)
Yeah, I was hoping for one of the women to at least get to the top three.
Mar. 16th, 2012 04:45 am (UTC)
If the last woman's character or execution had been poor, I wouldn't be so grumpy about it. But the reason she didn't move onward was nothing but lame sexist crap.

So what if the one judge just didn't like the idea of "girl power"?


There's still a lot of cool stuff to see watching that show. A lot to learn about what works in the art of making aliens/monsters and other fantasy/horror/science fiction characters.

But shame on that man for his "I can't even justify it, I just don't like it" vote.

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