A new season of infinite imagination and fantastic make-up magic ignites with the third season of Syfy's most popular unscripted series, Face Off, which premiered last night. The season 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.
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. The second season finale of Face Off became the most watched unscripted telecast in Syfy's nearly 20-year history.
In the August 21 season premier, 12 special effects make-up artists arrive at a historic studio backlot where they meet McKenzie Westmore in front of gigantic Star Wars mural. McKenzie's special guest is Matthew Wood, longtime Lucasfilm collaborator, actor in all three of the Star Wars prequels, and voice of General Grievous in Star Wars: The Clone Wars. They learn to their delight that their first Spotlight Challenge is to create an original alien that could fit into a modern version of the classic Star Wars cantina scene.
The winning team, Rod Maxwell and Roy Wooley, created a character that would feel right at home in the dimly lit Mos Eisley Cantina. To celebrate the winning design the artists at Lucasfilm Animation put together a piece of art showcasing Rod and Roy's creation in full Star Wars: The Clone Wars style!