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Artist Sarah Elizabeth Miller transforms an actress into a mermaid with prosthetics and makeup. CREDIT: Vancouver Film School. (PHOTO SUBMITTED)
Special effects artist Sarah Elizabeth Miller has morphed actors in monsters and orchestrated horror scenes, but what scares her most is appearing on reality TV.
The 29-year-old Vancouver Film School graduate admits appearing on Face Off - where a judging panel determines who has created the best horror sci-fi characters with makeup and prosthetics - tested her nerves.
"I was so afraid . (I was only) out of school for a year and a half," Miller recalled.
However, working with mythical creatures and deadly situations has prepared her well for a shot at fame.
In The Little Mermaid, a VFS-shot film, Miller's makeup team crafted a face, fins, tail, webbed hands and a prosthetic heart to bring the title character to life.
For the Indiana native, who is no stranger to the bloody side of the movie industry, it was all in a day's work.
In the indie horror film Death Do Us Part, she got her hands dirty for a gore-filled stabbing scene, complete with bodily mutilation. She wasn't squeamish about it either.
"It makes it more realistic and also more fun," she said with a laugh.
Face Off premieres Tuesday on the SyFy network.