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Season 8

"Face Off" returns for an action-packed eighth season themed "Return of the Champions." In a twist on the show's traditional format, three former champions, Rayce Bird (Season 2), J. Anthony Kosar (Season 4) and Laura Tyler (Season 5), will return in the premiere and select teams of five new artists who they will coach throughout the season.

Season 8 will also feature the full-time return of fan-favorite and Academy Award-winning judge, Ve Neill, who recently wrapped work on "The Hunger Games" franchise.

"Face Off" is a competition/elimination series exploring the world of special-effects make-up artists and the unlimited imagination that allows them to create amazing works of living art. As a member of the multi-generational family dynasty whose name is synonymous with the make-up effects field, actress McKenzie Westmore brings expertise to her role as host of the series. Some of SFX world's most celebrated figures judge the competition — multiple Academy Award-winner Ve Neill ("The Hunger Games," "Pirates of the Caribbean"), industry veteran Glenn Hetrick ("CSI: NY," "Heroes," "Legion"), and creature designer Neville Page ("Avatar," "Prometheus"). World-renowned Hollywood makeup artist Michael Westmore (Star Trek) serves as the contestant mentor.

"Face Off" is a production of Mission Control Media with Dwight D. Smith, Michael Agbabian and Derek Atherton serving as executive producers.


Season 7

"Face Off" returns for a seventh season themed "Life and Death." Sixteen talented special effects make-up artists arrive to Los Angeles, only to discover they are not on the show just yet, and will compete in a Sudden Death challenge where they must create a character that represents either life or death. After facing the judges, two artists are eliminated before ever moving into the "Face Off" house or stepping into the lab.

Freddy Krueger himself, actor Robert Englund, makes an appearance and offers advice on creating a convincing makeup. "Pay attention to your model," he tells the artists. "Look at his face and build on that. I think one of the successes of the Freddy makeup is that they kept some of my own facial structures which I was able to animate easier."

In a "Face Off" first, Syfy rolls out an interactive social integration for season 7, calling on viewers to each week tweet about their favorite contestant using #FaceOff. Viewer tweets will determine who the weekly fan favorite is, and at the season's end, the contestant who ranked the overall most favorite will be rewarded with $10,000.

Returning to the lab for the new season is actress and host McKenzie Westmore, along with judges Glenn Hetrick ("CSI: New York," "The Hunger Games," "Heroes") and Neville Page ("Avatar," "Prometheus"). World-renowned makeup artist — and McKenzie's dad — Michael Westmore resumes his role as the official contestant mentor.

Ve Neill is in the midst of working on her latest films in "The Hunger Games" franchise, but will sit on the judging panel for three episodes of "Face Off" during season 7. Stepping in to complete the panel is Lois Burwell, a renowned Academy-Award winning makeup artist known for her work on "Lincoln," "Braveheart," "Saving Private Ryan," "War Horse" and "War of the Worlds."

In this high-stakes Life and Death themed season, the contestants will face creative challenges designed to inspire them to explore life, death, rebirth and mortality. Some of the creatures the talented artists create include an angry, twisted tree character; a new animal species; and a reptilian super solider that would fit into the world of G.I. Joe.

The "Face Off" contestants will be whittled down week by week, until only three remain for a finale showdown. The winning artist will receive $100,000, a 2014 Fiat 500 and a VIP package courtesy of Kryolan Professional Make-Up. Kryolan Professional Make-Up continues as the official make-up sponsor of "Face Off."

The Season 7 contestants include Barry Mahoney, Cig Neutron, Damien Zimmerman, David "DOC" O'Connell, Dina Cimarusti, Drew Talbot, Gabby Leithsceal, George Troester III, Gwen Crew, Jason Hodges, Keaghlan Ashley, Rachael Wagner, Sasha Glasser, Scott Mitchell, Stella Sensel and Vince Niebla.

"Face Off" is an authentic depiction of the high creative standards necessary for a special effects make-up artist to succeed in their craft. The series debuted in January 2011 as a new reality competition program to critical and ratings success.


Season 6

"Face Off" is back for a bold and extreme sixth season. Fifteen up-and-coming special effects make-up artists are introduced, all eager for the opportunity to achieve success in the competitive special effects makeup field. And in a "Face Off" first, the contestants travel to the other side of the globe for a special episode shot in Tokyo, Japan, where they are tasked with creating a stylized anime character based on their own alter ego.

Returning to the lab for the new season is actress and host McKenzie Westmore, along with judges Ve Neill ("The Hunger Games," "The Amazing Spider-Man," "Pirates of the Caribbean"), Glenn Hetrick ("CSI: New York," "The Hunger Games," "Heroes") and Neville Page ("Avatar," "Prometheus"). World-renowned makeup artist — and McKenzie's dad — Michael Westmore resumes his role as the official contestant mentor.

The guest judges on tap for season six include Oscar winning makeup artist Tami Lane ("Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," "The Hobbit," "Lord of the Rings"), Stephen Sommers ("The Mummy," "The Mummy Returns"), Scott Stewart ("Sin City," "Legion"), Oren Peli ("Paranormal Activity"), Oscar winning makeup artist Howard Berger ("Inglorious Bastards," "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe"), famed creature actor Doug Jones ("Hellboy," "Pan's Labyrinth"), former "Face Off" series judge Patrick Tatopolous ("Total Recall," "300: Rise of an Empire," "Batman vs. Superman"), author Roald Dahl's daughter Lucy Dahl, Oscar and BAFTA winning makeup artist Valli O'Reilly ("Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events," "Alice in Wonderland"), Len Wiseman ("Underworld," "Sleepy Hollow"), Two-time Oscar nominated makeup artist Kazuhiro Tsuji ("Planet of the Apes," "Men in Black," "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"), anime artist and sci-fi illustrator Hidetaka Tenjin and world famous music producer and DJ, Rusko.

Season 6 presents the most extreme challenge creative for the series yet, compelling the contestants to push the possibilities in nearly every aspect of their makeups to inspire the most magnificent characters and creatures in "Face Off" history. The season's first Spotlight challenge is a "Beauty & the Beast" makeup in which the contestants must create an original Beast who would live in a chosen castle with its Belle. Additional challenges include the creation of an intricate Medieval dragon warrior that breathes not only fire, but also elements like ice and poison; an outlandish rock 'n roll guitarist character; an original wizard inspired by an array of unique wands on display; a whimsical creation inspired by Roald Dahl characters that have been written about, but never-before-seen on screen; and a futuristic robot that has replaced humans in the workforce, complete with functional advantages in a particular field. Continuing the "Face Off" tradition, the season culminates with another visually spectacular and elaborate finale event — an amazing electronic, nightclub-inspired light show featuring the world famous DJ Rusko.

The "Face Off" contestants will be whittled down week by week, until only three remain for a finale showdown. The winning artist will receive $100,000, a 2014 Fiat and a VIP trip from Kryolan Professional Make-Up to one of their 85 international locations. Kryolan Professional Make-Up continues as the official make-up sponsor of "Face Off."

The Season 6 contestants are all eager to follow in the footsteps of the many talented artists from past seasons who have achieved makeup success in film and television on such projects as "The Hunger Games," Oz: The Great and Powerful" and "The Vampire Diaries."

The "Face Off" Season 6 contestants include Bethany Serpico, Cat Paschen, Chloe Sensm Corinne Foster, Daniel Phillips, Daran Holt, George Schminky, Graham Schofield, Margaret Caragan, Matt Silva, Niko Gonzalez, Rashaad Santiago, Tanner White, Tess Laeh and Tyler Green.

"Face Off" is an authentic depiction of the high creative standards necessary for a special effects make-up artist to succeed in their craft. The series debuted in January 2011 as a new reality competition program to critical and ratings success.


Season 5

Unexpected twists and turns await in "Face Off" Season 5. Eight talented and up-and-coming special effects make-up artists arrive to the competition in Los Angeles to a shocking revelation — among their competition are eight more contestants from past seasons of "Face Off," all hungry for a chance at redemption. The stakes are higher than ever as they jump right into their first Foundation Challenge in which they 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" in attendance for inspiration.

Returning to the lab for the new season is actress and host McKenzie Westmore, along with judges Ve Neill ("The Hunger Games," "The Amazing Spider-Man," "Pirates of the Caribbean"), Glenn Hetrick ("CSI: NY," "The Hunger Games," "Heroes") and Neville Page ("Avatar," "Prometheus"). World-renowned makeup artist — and McKenzie's dad — Michael Westmore resumes his role as the official contestant mentor to the contestants.

The guest judges on tap for season five include Bryan Fuller ("Hannibal," "Pushing Daisies"), Catherine Hardwicke ("Twilight"), Academy Award winning makeup artist Bill Corso ("Lemony Snicket," "The Amazing Spider-Man"), Kevin Grevioux ("Underworld"), Lin Shayne ("Insidious," "There's Something About Mary"), renowned sculptor and concept artist Jordu Schell ("Edward Scissorhands," "Babylon 5"), Cassandra Peterson (Elvira), former "Face Off" series judge Patrick Tatopolous ("Total Recall," "300: Rise of an Empire") and Academy Award winning makeup artist Valli O'Reilly ("Lemony Snicket," "Alice in Wonderland").

For the Spotlight Challenges this season the contestants are tasked to create fully-realized characters that not only look camera ready for TV or film, but also tell a story specific to the challenge's genre, scene or world. The new season's challenges include creating a futuristic Frankenstein and his bride; a whimsical character inspired by Mother Goose nursery rhymes; a Morlock-inspired subterranean humanoid beast; an alluring Mother Earth goddess inspired by the contestants' own moms; a reimagined and modern version of a classic Halloween character complete with an articulating 'treat'; an original living art character inspired by Cubism, Surrealism, Pop Art, Expressionism and Constructivism; a stylized alien for an out-of-this-world performance on the Reveal Stage with world-renown circus troupe, Cirque Berzerk; a grim character inspired by one of the seven deadly sins; a scary ghost with a comedic edge; a dark elf warrior for a fantastical elven army; and an exotic flying creature/human-hybrid.

For the finale, the final three contestants will each create two lead characters from Swan Lake: a woman transforming into a swan and the sorcerer who casts the spell on her. These finale makeups will be put to the test in an epic performance by the Los Angeles Ballet.

The "Face Off" contestants will be whittled down week by week, until only three remain for a finale showdown. The winning artist will receive $100,000, a 2013 Fiat and a VIP trip from Kryolan Professional Make-Up to one of their 85 international locations. Kryolan Professional Make-Up has joined the series as the official make-up sponsor.

The contestants include veterans Alana Schiro (Season 3), Tate Steinsiek (Season 1), Eric Zapata (Season 4), Frank Ippolito (Season 1), Laura Tyler (Season 3), Miranda Jory (Season 2), RJ Haddy (Season 2) and Roy Wooley (Season 3), as well as newcomers Adolfo Barreto Rivera, Laney Parkhurst, Eddie Holecko, Lyma Millot, Rick Prince, Samantha Allen, Scott Ramp and Steve Tolin.

The series is an authentic depiction of the high creative standards necessary for a special effects make-up artist to succeed in their craft.


Season 4

"Face Off" (Syfy TV show) is a reality competition series exploring the world of special-effects make-up artists and the unlimited imagination which allows them to create amazing works of living art. Not only does the show incorporate effects make-up, it includes a wide range of skill sets including prosthetics, 3-D design, animatronics, sculpting, eye enhancers, puppeteering, casting and molding. Each episode involves incredible reveals of the competitors' finished work, and the drama of one contestant being sent home by the panel of expert and celebrity judges. It all culminates in one winner and one grand prize that will launch a career!

Season 4 will introduce a highly creative group of special effects make-up artists who will meet face to face in Los Angeles to compete in a series of brilliantly eye-popping challenges that will ultimately determine just who has the artistry and passion to win "Face Off."

The series is an authentic depiction of the high creative standards necessary for a special effects make-up artist to succeed in their craft. Returning to the lab for the new season is actress and host McKenzie Westmore, along with judges Ve Neill ("The Hunger Games," "The Amazing Spider-Man," "Pirates of the Caribbean"), Glenn Hetrick ("CSI: New York," "The Hunger Games," "Heroes") and Neville Page ("Avatar," "Prometheus"). Joining the series as the official contestant mentor is world-renowned Hollywood makeup artist, Michael Westmore. 

The guest judges on tap for season four bring their perspective and expertise to the challenges and judging panel, with such top industry names as Bryan Singer, Gale Anne Hurd, John Landau, Michael Nankin and John Rhys-Davies.

The level of makeup and skill continues to be raised as this season the contestants are challenged to create fantasy goblin kings, original comic book superheroes, delicious candy creatures, two-headed giants inspired by Bryan Singers' "Jack the Giant Killer," "Avatar"-inspired bioluminescent sea creatures, zombie hordes, and more. All the while the contestants must display an ability to move quickly and under pressure with constant surprises, twists and turns.

The "Face Off" contestants will be whittled down week by week as they compete to outshine their competition. The winning artist will receive $100,000, a 2013 Fiat 500, and will also be given the opportunity to become a guest lecturer at the Make Up for Ever Academies in N.Y. and Paris.

The Season 4 contestants include Alam Park, Alex McCoy, Autumn Cook, David "House" Greathouse, Eric Fox, Eric Zapata, J. Anthony Kosar, Jenna Green, Katie Machaiek, Kris Kobzina, Meagan Hester, Michael Faust, Troy Rivers and Wayne Anderson.


Season 3

"Face Off" (Syfy TV show) is a reality competition series exploring the world of special-effects make-up artists and the unlimited imagination which allows them to create amazing works of living art. Not only does the show incorporate effects make-up, it includes a wide range of skill sets including prosthetics, 3-D design, animatronics, sculpting, eye enhancers, puppeteering, casting and molding. Each episode involves incredible reveals of the competitors' finished work, and the drama of one contestant being sent home by the panel of expert and celebrity judges. It all culminates in one winner and one grand prize that will launch a career!

A new season of infinite imagination and fantastic make-up magic ignites with the third season. Season 3 will introduce a talented group of special effects make-up artists who will meet face to face in Los Angeles to compete in a series of elaborate challenges that will ultimately determine just who has the skillful hand to win "Face Off."

Returning to the lab for the new season is actress and host McKenzie Westmore, along with judges Ve Neill ("The Hunger Games," "Pirates of the Caribbean") and Glenn Hetrick ("Mad Men," "Heroes"). Patrick Tatopolous will sit on the judges' panel for the premiere episode, before he starts production design on his latest project, "300: Battle of Artemisia."

Joining the series as the new judge is Neville Page, Lead Creature Designer on the highest grossing movie of all time "Avatar," Character Designer on Ridley Scott's recent blockbuster "Prometheus," Lead Creature and Character Designer on J.J. Abram's "Star Trek," Lead Concept Designer on "Tron: Legacy" and Creature Designer on "Super 8." Page's upcoming films include Creature Designer on "The Amazing Spider-Man" and his most recent work on J.J. Abram's highly anticipated next installment of the "Star Trek" film franchise.

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 Ann 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 Calif., from the high seas off the coast of San Diego to the WhoVille set at the Universal Studios Hollywood backlot.

The contestants will be whittled down week by week as they compete to outshine their competition. The winning artist will receive $100,000 and will also be given the opportunity to become a guest lecturer at the Make Up for Ever Academies in N.Y. and Paris.

The Season 3 contestants include Alana Schiro, CC Childs, Derek Garcia, Eric Garcia, Jason Milani, Laura Tyler, Nicole Chilelli, Rod Maxwell, Roy Wooley, Sarah Elizabeth Miller and Tommy Pietch.


Season 2

"Face Off" (Syfy TV show) is a reality competition series exploring the world of special-effects make-up artists and the unlimited imagination which allows them to create amazing works of living art. Not only will the show incorporate effects make-up, it will include a wide range of skill sets including prosthetics, 3-D design, animatronics, sculpting, eye enhancers, puppeteering, casting and molding. Each episode involves incredible reveals of the competitors' finished work, and the drama of one contestant being sent home by the panel of expert and celebrity judges. It all culminates in one winner and one grand prize that will launch a career!

In "Face Off" Season 2, contestants will re-imagine iconic characters from the book "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz," create a waterproof sea creature, bring to life terrifying phobias and craft an elaborate body painting challenge that must incorporate two live models. The season also contains a number of guest appearances including Vivica Fox, musical artist Asher Roth and noted horror makeup artist Tom Savini.

Judging the series is multiple Academy Award-winner Ve Neill, famed special make-up effects artist Glenn Hetrick and director and creature designer Patrick Tatopoulos. McKenzie Westmore hosts the series.

The "Face Off" Season 2 contestants include Athena Zhe, Beki Ingram, Brea Joseph, Greg Lightner, Heather Henry, Ian Cromer, Jerry Macaluso, Matt Valentine, Miranda Jory, Nicholas "Nix" Herrera, Rayce Bird, Sue Lee and Tara Lang.

"Face Off" is a production of Mission Control Media and is executive produced by Michael Agbabian and Dwight Smith.





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