Our legendary SFX battles let SFX makeup artists in NC battle it out for the best special effects makeup look in two unique categories – Original Character, and Grab Bag. Our grab bag SFX challenge ups the difficulty with a bag of assorted materials and items that must be incorporated into the finished look.

Our judges are Starr & Dean Jones, Emmy award winning SFX artists, directors, filmmakers, and haunters who run The Original Hollywood Horror Show in Snow Camp, NC, in addition to their production studio, Atlantic Pacific Studios.

The Original Hollywood Horror Show

SFX Battle Rules

  • Contestants should report to the stage a minimum of 15 minutes prior to contest start to set up and check in.
  • MUA contestant and their model will need to be able to access the show floor on the day of the competition they have signed up for. Tickets to the convention are not included when approved to compete in this contest.
  • You will have 45 minutes to complete.
  • Contestants will need to provide their own model, makeup and supplies. For the Grab Bag contest on Sunday, materials will be provided that must be incorporated into the look. MUAs should have varying supplies for application of those surprise elements and makeup to complete the look.
  • You may use costuming, and models may begin the competition in costume. Costume can be store bought and is not required as the focus will be on the makeup itself.
  • Appliances – Appliances (full or partial face) are not required. If used, appliances should be made by the artist, not purchased. Appliances should not be pre-painted or applied to model prior to competition start.
  • Wigs and hair elements may be store bought, not applied in advance. Judging will be looking for skill level in application of any hair/fur elements.
  • Focus of the judges will be: Demonstrating technique and skill of applications of makeup, use of color and texture, and originality of makeup design. 
  • Prizes, Certificates and/or Awards for event will be announced at the event. Bragging rights are for sure included! Judging team includes Starr and Dean Jones – NC based, Emmy Award winning SFX artists.