Face Off is one of those reality shows that can truly make people appreciate what happens behind the scenes of movies. Season 3 stars next week with a new judge and guest judges include Kevin Smith, Gale Anne Hurd, Brian Grazer and more. Meet the new contestants below.
I totally got hooked on Face Off when my then boyfriend and I were relaxing one Sunday and wound up watching the entire series that day. I couldn’t believe it was on SyFy, and I hadn’t heard about it. It’s turned into quite a smash hit for the channel with good reason. I think women can enjoy it because it’s like Project Runway with monsters and fantasy beings. Now I watch it with my girlfriends and we’re hoping this season host McKenzie Westmore gets a much needed stylist on the show. I don’t know who dresses her there, but either she’s pissed them off or she’s picking her own things. Girl, get thee to RuPaul’s Drag U or something and pick up a few tips!
It seems like it’d be a guys kinda show, but as you can tell, it’s got something for everyone. Plus it really makes you understand better the work that goes into these big budget and sometimes small budget films. It’s obvious they get a ton of submission because each season, they really have some top notch people competing, and what they turn out is absolutely spellbinding. If you’ve not seen it and you call yourself a movie geek, shame on you. Get your butt over to SyFy and watch the past two seasons On Demand before it starts next week. Yes, it’s that good and addictive.
Here’s the new contestants for Season 3 just to give you can idea of the talent they get competing for the $100K prize. This season they’ve got twin brothers from Florida, a haunted house designer from Georgia and a former chef from Ohio who recently quit his full-time job to pursue his dream to become a special effects makeup artist. So check out the lucky 11 who’ll be fighting it out.
Alana Rose Schiro
Occupation: Makeup effects artist
Hometown: New York, NY
Residence: Northridge, CA
The youngest contestant, Alana Rose Schiro brings determination and talent to Face Off. Her ambition will not allow anyone deter her from her goals as a budding SFX artist. Alana is hoping to prove that she has what it takes to be a contender in the special effects field. Currently residing in Northridge, CA, Alana restores old architectural designs on buildings.
Carpucine “CC” Childs
Expertise: Character creation, beauty
Occupation: Special FX makeup artist
Hometown: Clearwater, FL
Residence: Marietta, GA
Carpucine “CC” Childs is a multi-talented and well-rounded makeup artist. With a degree in criminal justice and a minor in photography, she creates makeup looks that are both beauty and special effects. After years of being behind a makeup counter, she decided to move to California, where she received training from the renowned Makeup Designory School. CC constantly challenges herself to be different and original, and to create creatures and prosthetics that wow audiences across all platforms. CC has an online channel called “Diary of a Makeup Artist” where she demonstrates makeup application techniques.
Expertise: Airbrushing, painting, sculpting and sketching
Occupation: Freelance tattoo artist
Hometown: Miami Lakes, FL
Residence: Miami, FL
Derek grew up doing monster makeup creations on his fraternal twin brother, Eric Garcia, who is also a contestant on season three of Face Off. Derek has worked alongside his brother on numerous projects, including Halloween Horror Nights in Orlando, FL, but the two have different styles. Derek’s style is traditional and tattoo-inspired. He recently returned from Germany, where he did Halloween Haunt with his teacher and mentor, Bill McCoy. Derek currently resides in Miami with his wife. He is a tattoo artist and tattooed his brother’s arm with images from “The Goonies.”
Expertise: Airbrushing, application and sketching
Occupation: Freelance makeup artist
Hometown: Miami Lakes, FL
Residence: Orlando, FL
Eric Garcia is not bothered by having to compete against his fraternal twin brother, Derek, in season three of Face Off. Like true twins, they anticipate each other’s thoughts and finish each other’s sentences. They both have different styles. Eric’s style is very sci-fi influenced. For the past two years, he worked in Hong Kong with AEO studios, where he was a team leader. As a single man, he says that he needs to win Face Off because special effects makeup is all he knows and is the only thing that he has wanted to do. When his ideas transfer on paper, all of his creations come to life.
Expertise: Horror/mold making
Occupation: Freelance special effects makeup artist
Hometown: Hopewell Junction, NY
Residence: Hopewell Junction, NY
Jason Milani knew at an early age that he wanted to immerse himself in the special effects industry, with a particular passion for haunted houses. His exposure to shows and the world is where he learned most of his techniques to develop his skills. He attended the Tom Savini program at the Douglas Education Center. Laid back and easy going, Jason is also extremely hard working, especially when given a task. He approaches life with the same philosophy, “Go big, go extreme, and be fast.”
Expertise: Prosthetic application, sculpting, airbrushing and painting
Occupation: Freelance makeup artist
Hometown: Orlando, FL
Residence: Orlando, FL
When she watched “Predator” as a little girl, Laura Tyler thought the monster was extremely cool. Fascinated by the reality of the creature, she knew she wanted to begin a career in special effects. Laura grew up as an only child to a single mother. She went to an art magnet high school where she honed her sculpting skills. She is meticulous when it comes to getting projects done and often too critical of her own work. She is competitive, self-admitted fan-girl, a sci-fi nerd, and considers herself a jack of all trades when it comes to the makeup world.
Expertise: Creatures, sculpting and design
Occupation: Special effects artist/makeup artist at (MAC) Cosmetics
Hometown: Long Beach, CA
Residence: Sacramento, CA
Inspired by her mother’s love and support, Nicole has always been an artist. Having loved Halloween since she was a small child, she decided to take a course in effects makeup and was hooked. Nicole is fascinated by nature and finds inspiration in its smallest details like the spines on the back of a leaf or similar aspects that people may take for granted. This is seen through an aesthetic that is uniquely her own. More than anything she enjoys creating new engaging creatures and making her artistic vision come to life.
Expertise: Special effects prosthetics
Occupation: Special effects consultant and director
Hometown: Newton, Massachusetts
Residence: Los Angeles, CA
With an endearing demeanor, Rod Maxwell is an accomplished, self-taught special effects artist and director. In his award winning film “The Wishing Well,” Rod created 26 distinctly different characters for himself in the film. He is thorough, patient and meticulous, which definitely transpires in his work. Rod is an out-of-the-box thinker who plans to give the other competitors a run for their money. Although he works primarily in digital effects, special effects makeup is his first love and is thrilled to be a contender for season three.
Expertise: Sculpting, prosthetics, airbrushing and fabrication
Occupation: Freelance makeup artist, chief makeup artist & creature designer for Netherworld Haunted House.
Hometown: Goodsprings, AL
Residence: Tucker, GA
Roy Wooley grew up in Alabama, where he attended the same high school as his mother. His mother and family hoped for Roy to choose a stable profession like preaching or coal mining. However, after Roy snuck into “American Werewolf in London,” he fell in love with special effects makeup and the creation of monsters. Since there were not any SFX schools for Roy to attend, he relied on tutorial videos, books and friends to learn more about the field. When he moved to Georgia, the local haunted house did not have a makeup department, so Roy took a job at the haunted house as an actor. Over the years, Roy has built up and now runs the makeup department at one of the country’s leading haunted houses. In his off-season, he works for low budget films.
Expertise: Character creation, prosthetics, sculpting, foam latex and fabrication
Occupation: Corporate administrator, special effects makeup artist
Hometown: Goshen, IN
Residence: Vancouver, BC
Sarah Elizabeth grew up in a Mennonite family in Goshen, IN. The strong community values of her family’s religion helped her become a strong, hard-working team player. Sarah started out designing costumes and doing makeup for theater. She went on to study special effects at Vancouver Film School. She enjoys creating work that is dark, dirty and bloody. In 2012, she qualified to compete in the prosthetics competition at the IMATS. Her team recently captured the 2012 LEO Award for best makeup in a short independent film, “The Little Mermaid.” Due to her strong background in theater costuming, she enjoys character creation. When she is in a stressful situation, she acts as a mediator and has a gift for resolving issues.
Expertise: Sculpting, foam latex and character design
Occupation: Special effects makeup
Hometown: Columbus, OH
Residence: Columbus, OH
As the oldest of five children to a single mom, Tommy relied on his dreams to carry out his imagination and ambition to become a special effects artist. Having recently quit his full-time job as a chef, Tommy is now focusing all of his artistic efforts on becoming a full-time special makeup effects artist. He wants to prove to everyone, despite his circumstances, that he has what it takes to win Face Off. In 2010, Tommy won the best makeup FX at the Synerfest Film Festival for his work on a short film entitled “A Survivor’s Haiku.” Having only worked in effects makeup for three years, Tommy hopes that his background in fine arts will give him an edge in this competition.
This years judges will be include returnees Glenn Hetrick and Ve Neill, but Patrick Tatopolous will only be in the season premiere episode due to his work schedule on 300: Battle of Artemisia. Taking his chair at the judges table is Neville Page, the lead creature designer on the highest-grossing movie of all time Avatar. He has also recently worked as a character designer on Prometheus, Tron: Legacy and Super 8.
The season also boasts an array of prominent guest judge appearances including Academy-Award winning producer Brian Grazer (How The Grinch Stole Christmas, A Beautiful Mind), Kevin Smith (Red State), Gale Anne Hurd (Aliens, The Walking Dead), Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings), LucasFilm collaborator and actor Matthew Wood (Star Wars prequels), Paul WS Anderson (Alien vs. Predator, Resident Evil: Afterlife), boxer Laila Ali and Oscar-nominated makeup artist Barney Burman (Star Trek, Mission Impossible III).
The challenges featured will be some of the most difficult, creative and inventive yet: the contestants will create eye-popping new creatures inspired by the whimsical world of Dr. Seuss, an original alien character inspired by the classic cantina scene from Star Wars: A New Hope, as well as creations for a challenge inspired by the NBC series Grimm. The challenges will be set against the backdrop of Southern California, from the high seas off the coast of San Diego to the WhoVille set at the Universal Studios Hollywood backlot. Face Off is back on Tuesday August 21st!