A Conversation with Michael & McKenzie Westmore - Page 3
Does this mean that we can expect more from digital and less from actors?
“There are no personalities, the magazine wouldn’t have anything to write about – it just wouldn’t be as interesting. It happens every now and then as the point of a particular movie, but as for it happening in every movie, I’d say no. They’d have to build a personality into a digital person instead of having an actor bring it to life.” Michael said.
“They can’t recreate skin yet very well either from what I’ve seen.” McKenzie commented.
Face Off excels in the area of requiring its artistic contestants to think quickly on their feet – they will be required to work fast in a business where time is always of the essence. One of the greatest things about creating things hands-on is that anything in the room around you can become what you need it to be – that lies at the essence of being creative.
“That’s the amazing thing about Face Off is these artists that McKenzie works with all the time are building these brilliant things that can be done with CG but they aren’t – it’s all hands on, they’re sculpting, molding and making the rubber and having to paint it and in these extremely short time periods – that’s amazing. It’s interesting to see how each artist mentally interprets each challenge.” Michael said.
“It’s a mental challenge to see how they’re doing as individuals, human beings, working in teams, not just their creativity but also their teamwork and keeping it together. They’re put in a house with no outside resources, living together, working together and eating together – it’s really a mental challenge and an artistic challenge. I’m very lucky because I get to see it every day. It’s incredible to see the artists from start to finish – whether good or bad, it doesn’t matter. Just to see what they can come up with creatively in that small time frame, it’s just amazing to see that every week.” McKenzie said.
It was an amazing experience to hear such passion and commitment to the world of hands-on artistry – the world of makeup and the need to compel those out there to continue to be creative and not to shy away from their dreams. Michael and McKenzie are two visionaries that the business can take lessons from.
Watch Face Off on Tuesday nights at 9/8c on SyFy.