Saturday, May 17, 2014

Creature Shop Challenge Pt.4 (7&8) *FNALE*

So hello! this is the great segment i place every two weeks about the SYFY show Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge.

Episode 7:
So today in the shop we have the lovely contestants doing an new alien life form, who are international diplomats. they have to have the real alien in incognito, so they have to have a large outer head with the real head concealed inside. they'll be positioned at an alien press conference, and it's an individual challenge. the real head has to be sculpted and mechanized, and the fake one has to be fabricated.

so technically they're making two creatures, and with 4 players left they really need to bring the 'AAA' game to this challenge. i like how Melissa's character is starting to show now, she's actually paranoid that everyone is out to get her LOL.

Jake's sculpture looks like Roger from American Dad! XD
Robert and Melissa's sculptures kind of look the same to me.
Ben has a more insectoid look to it, which is good it's better then haveing the aliens look as similar as they do.

Jake may not make it if he honestly thinks that the bodies should open like that it could be the death of him per say. Robert is having difficulty moving the head (real). And Melissa is confident in her design. Ben barely scrapped by the last challenge by a hair he has to really be on his toes this week.
and it's time for them to practice with their pupeteers.
*Barry Sonnenfeld is a guest judge this week.

Then the Screen Test:

 -Melissa: WHOA the fake head looks kinda like a kitty, the real head looks kinda like E.T. if he was purple and had a more angular head. it was a pretty interesting speech, kinda like he was older and was sending out an SOS u know? the judges, were really impressed by the sculpt. but i agree W/them that the head seemed more like it was floating then actually having a body.

 -Ben: It's a fly that opens up to reveal it's a Gremlin, very scary and he had a very smooth transition to the reveal. the judges liked it, but believed that fake head was the weakest link, which i agree it was.

 -Jake: it looks like a mutated pirahna,it's like a pink grey, and the main head was almost the same size as the fake one. but i think it was really cool. the judges weren't as impressed about his reveal, it was very undramatic and plain.

 -Robert: it looks like the mothman, the creature inside is sooooo cuuuuuute~ it has a wittle monocule and its tiny. he had a very dramatic speech which ended in a simple 'Carry on.' i liked how he tried to earn brownie points by calling it reginald. it was a very comical creature and i hope it gets him through to the final.

So the people heading to the final are:
Ben (won the challenge), Robert, & *DRUM ROLL* Melissa.
The person who was cut just short of the dream is:
Jake. it wasn't that it sucked it just didn't have as great an impact as the others.

Episode 8:
this is the last episode of the season the one the only the grand FINALE!
This time on the show everyone who was eliminated is coming back to help the final three on there last creatures the set up being, they have to make their own original creature that is traveling and meets 2 other creatures at a tavern and they have to interact with each other. it has to perform it's own special effect.

so the teams are:
 Robert, Russ, & Ivonne.
Melissa, Lex, & Chaz.
Ben, Jake, & Tina.

Ben's concept is kind of a mary sue character, i like how Melissa's character's concept is it's nice, i think Robert is going to make his creature look like a crossover of 'The Hobbit' and 'Planet Of The Apes', the creatures are going  to be interesting for this final episode.

The creatures look really good so far, however i'm still not sure how the special effects will workout. i mean Robert kind of decided his creature was going to sneeze for his special effect, but that in itself is a great feat to try and complete. Melissa's effect seems pretty cool, smoke coming from the nose is really interesting. then Ben is going to make his creature cry, hope it doesn't short circuit anything.

Time for the last Test Screening:
 -Robert: looks like a monkey lion.
 -Ben: looks like a green old E.T.
 -Melissa: whoa looks like the wolfman retired.

Interaction:
what the heck melissa's creature is evil. Ben's character would be epic in a movie, i love the tears. Robert's creature is russian and dramatic.

wow that was an amazing scene, i want this concept in a henson movie ASAP!!!!!!!!
I'm pretty sure Ben is going to win, He had such an amazing concept behind his creature and the general emotion it portrayed is beautiful.

the judges thought that Melissa's creature should have had more articulation in the mouth area. Ben was givin' some points for the effect but there was something about how the body was built that left a huge blank area in the area just behind the head. Robert had a strong character but i agree there was some slight faults in the fact that he doesn't have a neck. but it was able to portray emotion very well.

THE WINNER OF THE 1ST SEASON OF THE JIM HENSON CREATURE SHOP CHALLENGE IS:
ROBERT!
WAIT, WHAT!!?!!?
Well that was unexpected, ah hell who cares i can't wait for the next season!

Be posting later, Bye~Bye!  

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