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CES 2015: Ultimaker 2 Family of 3D Printers

It's awesome to see how far 3D printer makers have come since the days of laser-cut wood kits. We check in with Ultimaker at CES 2015 to learn about their new family of 3D printers, the Ultimaker 2 series. (This video was shot with a Sony PXW-X70 camera, which we're testing. Thanks to B&H for providing us with gear for CES!)

Teaser: Sculpting Lessons with Frank Ippolito!

Here's a preview for a new video series we're starting on Tested! In a weeks time, effects artist Frank Ippolito will guide Will and Norm through the beginnings of clay sculpting. We've included links below to materials so you can follow along--the first video will be available for everyone and the rest for Tested Premium Members. To watch the whole series, sign up for a Tested premium membership here. (Supplies listed in the comments below).

CES 2015: Hands-On with Sony's SmartEyeGlass Prototype

Google Glass may no longer be available to buy, but Sony is working on an augmented reality accessory that may have similar features. We get to put on the SmartEyeGlass Attach prototype at this year's CES, at least to see how its display looks over your field of view. Too bad the representative that we were allowed to speak to on camera wasn't able to give us many concrete details...(This video was shot with a Sony PXW-X70 camera, which we're testing. Thanks to B&H for providing us with gear for CES!)

In Brief - Behind the Scenes of 'He Took His Skin Off For Me'

You may have seen the new short film "He Took His Skin Off For Me", the story of a man who literally removes his skin to live with his girlfriend. The striking look of the main character was done all with practical makeup effects, and this 23 minute behind-the-scenes video is an excellent look at how the makeup was accomplished. The director and effects supervisor explain why they chose to go with a practical makeup--which required over a thousand sculpted and cast muscle applications--instead of CG, and how it serviced the performance. The short's website also has a step-by-step walkthrough of the makeup design and application process. Amazing.

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In Brief: Steven Soderbergh Recuts 2001: A Space Odyssey

Director Steven Soderbergh isn't shy about his experimentation with other directors' works. After previously recutting Psycho (as a mash-up of Hichcock and Gus Van Sants versions), Heaven's Gate, and releasing a black and white version of Raiders of the Lost Ark, the prolific director has turned his attention to Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey. Soderbergh's explains in-depth why the task was so daunting, the role of technology in enabling his editing compulsion, and why he thinks Kubrick would've embraced digital filmmaking. I haven't watched the 110 minute cut in its entirety yet, but a Kottke reader reports on what tweaks were made and how the film feels different as a result.

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The Hyperreal Portraits of Kazuhiro Tsuji

Last year, Major Pop visited the studios of makeup artist Kazuhiro Tsuji, whose hyperreal portraits of Abraham Lincoln, Andy Warhol, and Dick Smith have been popular around the internet. Tsuji has worked in Hollywood on films like Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes and more recently on Joseph Gordon Levitt's makeup in Looper. His large-scale portrait sculpture work appears to be his real passion, and his pieces are on display at the Copro Gallery in Los Angeles.

CES 2015: Test Riding the InMotion Electric Unicycle

One of the weirder pieces of tech we saw at CES was a gyroscopically balanced electric unicycle. We were allowed to test the InMotion v3 unicycle out, but had to be able to get on it first. The entire tested team made their attempts... (This video was shot with a Sony PXW-X70 camera, which we're testing. Thanks to B&H for providing us with gear for CES!)

The Wisdom of Shannon Shea - Episode 8 - 1/16/15
Frank and I wrap up our first season of CreatureGeek with a super-packed show with our special guest, makeup artist and character creator Shannon Shea. Shannon talks about working with Stan Winston, about his new projects and also about his upcoming book. Let us know how you liked this season of CreatureGeek and if you want us back, let us - and the folks at Tested - know!
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