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Face Off, is a SyFy Channel original reality television show. The show centers around a group of special effects makeup artists who compete for a grand prize. Their work is judged by some of Hollywood's best makeup artist and producers. Each week at the beginning of the one hour program, the contestant are given a challenge. The challenges center around a theme to change a person into whatever the challenge is for the week. There have been optical illusion challenges to make their model blend into the background image and challenges to create characters for a Tim Burton style film.

Artists are given a set amount of time to complete their challenge before going in front of the judges. The artists are being graded on a number of different elements such as painting technique and sculpting. The created characters are also judged on clothing choice and how well they fit in with the challenge. Each week a new special guest judge is announced. These judges are usually top name science fiction television and movie actors or special effects artists.

After each artists presents their creation, the judges decided who did the best and worst for that week. One contestant is sent home every week until there is only one remaining contestant. They are then chosen as the winner and receive the grand prize.

This show gives you a real behind the scenes look at what it takes to create some of the movies most iconic creatures. You are taken from start to finish as artists first sketch and then sculpt their designs. You see each persons painting techniques and how they choose the look for their character creation. Finally, you get to watch as the makeup is applied to the model revealing the full transformation from man to creature.

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Tuesday 9:00 PM et/pt on Syfy
8 Seasons, 95 Episodes - Currently Airing
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  • The artists are inspired by the planets in the solar system to create alien queens competing in an intergalactic beauty pageant.

  • The remaining artists find inspiration from iconic bridges for their creation of trolls.

  • The artists must design creatures inspired by unique sound effects presented by Erik Aadahl.

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