Not many films have faced as many makeup challenges as Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey". . .
Visual effects supervisor Bill Westenhofer was no stranger to animal-oriented projects when he came aboard Ang Lee's "Life of Pi" to realize a digital photorealistic tiger.
The transformative power of special makeup effects -- the ability to alter an actor's appearance using prosthetic materials, facial painting and additional hairpieces -- is on full display with the…