Two Burbank special effects makeup artists survived an intense first elimination episode Wednesday night in Syfy’s new reality competition series “Face Off.”
The show’s debut pitted 12 up-and-coming artists in challenges that tested their edgy creative skills, including turning a live model into a hybrid of a half-human/half-animal. Judging were renowned sci-fi makeup artists three-time Academy Award winner Ve Neill (“Pirates of the Caribbean”), Glenn Hetrick (“Buffy”), and creature/designer director Patrick Tatopoulos (“Solomon Kane”).
It was a constant race against time, and judges were tough to please, but the experience was true to life, according to local contestants and professional makeup artists Frank Ippolito, 32, and Megan Areford, 24. “It was intense, but a lot of fun as well,” Areford said.