Jan 13, 2014
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Arts & Entertainment

Connecticut Native Makes SyFy Channel's 'Face Off' Season Six

Connecticut Native Makes SyFy Channel's 'Face Off' Season Six

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Tyler Green, 26, had to put his skills to the test during weekly challenges on SyFy’s “Face Off.”

Tyler Green, born and raised in Litchfield, got his chance in the Hollywood spotlight as a contestant on SyFy’s “Face Off.”

Green, chosen from hundreds of applicants, joined 14 other young special-effects makeup artists in this reality television competition.

The reality show’s sixth season will premiere Tuesday, Jan. 14, at 9 p.m. on the SyFy channel.

Green, a 2005 Litchfield High School (LHS) graduate, said he realized his gift early on in life. At 7, he was entranced by fantasy movies. He mentioned two Jim Henson films in particular as inspirations: “The Labyrinth” and “The Dark Crystal.”

“I would watch a movie and try to replicate something. I would use whatever I had, whether it was tape, cardboard, tinfoil,” he said. “Something about the characters felt so real to me that I thought that was actually a real place. I am such a fantasy-driven artist.”

Green’s father had been using the basement of their home as a woodworking shop, but when he turned 10, his father gifted him with that basement space.

“He gave that to me. He said, ‘That is your room now.’ That’s like my fortress of solitude,” Green said. “That’s my space.”

Green said that when he was younger he would find inspiration in simpler things. He would go into the woods and look at the trees.

“There are so many things you can look at on this earth that have a lot of character,” he said.

“Litchfield’s such a hidden place, and there’s not much Hollywood out here,” he continued. “So, I had all this creativity inside me and I just didn’t know at a young age—where do I go with it?”

Green knew entering ninth grade that he wanted to do special makeup effects. He visited Tom Savini’s Special Make-Up Effects Program, a Pennsylvania-based associate’s program at Douglas Education Center, while still in high school and attended it following his graduation from LHS.

There, he learned the “tricks of the trade” and earned an associate’s degree in specialized business. Halfway through the program, Green said, he switched to the medical side, dealing with prosthetics.

After graduating in 2007, Green was hired by Living Skin, an upstate New York-based company that specializes in developing silicone prosthetics for amputees.

“At 20 years old, I was being sent out to hand deliver these people’s prosthetics. At 20 years old, I was meeting patients missing literally half of their face. Half of their body,” Green said. (Above, the Season Six contestants in a photo from the Face Off Twitter page, with Tyler Green second from right.)

See the full story at The Litchfield County Times online.

 

Connecticut Native Makes SyFy Channel's 'Face Off' Season Six

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