Previously on Face Off Season 3 Episode 8 "Who's the New Who?", The remaining contestants move directly to the spotlight challenge and must create human-creature hybrids based on Dr. Seuss' Sleep Book. To judge their work, producer Brian Grazer joins the judges' panel.
On this week's Episode title "Junkyard Cyborg", The artists must create original cyborg makeups with parts from a junkyard.
Face Off is an American reality television game show on the Syfy cable network in which a group of prosthetic makeup artists compete against each other to create prostheses such as those found in science fiction and horror films. Actress McKenzie Westmore, a member of the Westmore family of makeup artists, serves as the show's host, with judges being Academy Award-winning makeup artist Ve Neill (Ed Wood, Beetlejuice), television and film makeup artist Glenn Hetrick (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Babylon 5, The Hunger Games), and creature designer and director Patrick Tatopoulos (I Am Legend, Resident Evil: Extinction, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans). Industry figures and artists including Sean S. Cunningham, Filippo Ioco, Greg Nicotero and Michael Westmore serve as guest judges.
Each week, the artists face a "Spotlight Challenge" that tests their artistry and techniques to create a full makeup character to match a theme, where one artist will be eliminated from the running for the grand prize. Some episodes also feature a "Foundation Challenge", a smaller challenge that introduces a new technique on a smaller scale, and the winner is awarded an advantage for that week's Spotlight Challenge, usually immunity from elimination. The Face Off winner receives US$100,000 and a year's supply of makeup from Alcone (changed to US$25,000 of makeup in season 2), a "grand prize that will launch a career". The second season added the 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid to its prize package.
Face Off premiered January 26, 2011 on Syfy. Syfy announced March 16, 2011 that Face Off has been renewed for a second season. Casting was slated to begin later the same month. Season 2 began airing January 11, 2012. On February 7, 2012, Syfy announced that Face Off has been renewed for a third season. Season three of Face Off will premiere on the original SyFy channel at 9:00pm, August 21, 2012. The contestants have also been announced.
Syfy held open call auditions for the third season on November 19, 2011 in Los Angeles, California and Orlando, Florida. Filming began during the spring of 2012 to be ready for a summer release. The third season of Face Off will premiere on August 21, 2012. The selected contestants were revealed to the public on June 29, 2012. This is the first season of the show where two relatives have been selected as contestants. Fraternal twin brothers Eric and Derek Garcia were among those chosen to participate. Westmore will remain as hostess and Neill and Hetrick will remain as judges. However, Tatopoulos has left the show (following a single appearance in the season premiere), and his judging spot will be taken by concept designer Neville Page. The season finale will be broadcast live on Halloween, October 31, 2012 and viewers will be able to vote for the winner.
Syfy began the development of Face Off in March 2010 in association with production company Mission Control Media. Syfy confirmed that it had ordered the series in May, and announced the host and judges in November. Producers held open casting calls in Los Angeles and Orlando and accepted audition videos through September 15.