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    Adam Savage's Maker Tour: NIMBY

    In his own backyard of Oakland, Adam visits the 60,000 square-foot industrial art space NIMBY (Not In My Backyard), where many of the makers set up their fully portable shops in shipping containers. (This series and tour is made possible by The Fab Foundation and Chevron.)

    Highlights from Tom Woodruff Jr.'s Reddit AMA

    Over the course of his 35-year career, Tom Woodruff Jr. has designed and created creature and character effects in more than 100 feature films, spanning everything from The Terminator to It and including Death Becomes Her (for which he won an Academy Award). He's also acted, directed and produced.

    He held a reddit AMA recently, putting to bed the question of whether the Wolfman has nards and shedding the tiniest bit of light on Alien 5. Here are a few of our favorites, but you can read his full AMA here.

    krystynlo: Hi, Tom! Thanks for doing this. What did you do in It?

    Tom_WoodruffJr: Designed Pennywise MU, following the design of director Andy Muschietti and created all the prosthetics including dead kids, wounds, etc.

    LegendaryCichlid: How closely did you work with Giger on the Xenomorph? It is such an iconic monster I'd love to know more about the process of bringing the artwork to life.

    Tom_WoodruffJr: The studio was distancing itself from Giger on Alien3, for reasons I don't know. I would be on the phone when Giger called and invited Alec [Gillis] and I to his studio in Zurich and instructed by the studio to turn him down. Huge regrets. Should have sneaked over for a milestone event but under contract and all, hands were tied so no real working with the genius behind it all!

    Inside Adam Savage's Cave: The Deep Blue Bag

    Adam's friend Marcos Mafia--co-founder of Mafia Bags--stops by the cave to show off a new hand-crafted backpack made from upcycled materials like rugged sailcloth and wetsuit/drysuits. Marcos shows Adam a few of the bag's unique features that make it ideal for taking to the beach, and how designer Yves Behar contributed to its streamlined aesthetic. Plus, proceeds from the bag support the non-profit Sustainable Surf!

    How the Sausage Was Made - Still Untitled: The Adam Savage Project - 10/31/17
    Kishore joins us this week to recap the recent Tested live show and give us a sense of how he puts together the annual Bay Area Science Festival. We talk about some memorable segments from the show and what the audience didn't see. Plus, Adam shows his mom select episodes of Master of None, and we discuss our halloween plans!
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    Adam Savage Explores the Props of Blade Runner 2049!

    Before Adam Savage watched Blade Runner 2049, he stepped behind the scenes of the film's secretive production and visited the prop department where prop master Doug Harlocker and his team built intricate hand props, weapons, and futuristic wearable devices. Doug walks Adam through the some of these hero and stunt props, including many that you may now recognize. Very minor spoilers within!

    Funnies in Uniform: The Role of Comic Strips During WWII

    With a cursory glance, you could easily mistake Mike Dawson's collection of World War II-era training manuals as vintage comic books. Their covers are adorned with hand-drawn caricatures and slang terminology that you would expect to find in the Sunday funnies. The pages within appear equally informal. Yet, the subjects they discuss are no laughing matter.

    To Dawson, the manuals are treasured mementos of his late father's service in the US Navy. The books also have value to a broader audience. Their pages provide a vivid reminder of the far-reaching influence of comics in America during World War II. Many beloved characters helped the nation to prepare, cope, and rally during those difficult years.

    Training With Comics

    In the summer of 1945, Tom Dawson was preparing for war. The Michigan native was barely 19 years old, but he already had several phases of flight training behind him. He was now learning to fly the steed meant to carry him into battle, the Grumman F6F Hellcat.

    The Hellcat was a brutish machine. It had a massive 2,800-cubic-inch engine, six .50-caliber machine guns, and the ability to carry 2,000 pounds of bombs and rockets. Grumman's frontline fighter packed tremendous quantities of horsepower and firepower to put in the hands of a teenager. Just one false move could unleash the Hellcat's lethal fury in the wrong direction. The navy had to somehow train Dawson and his fellow aviation cadets how to master this deadly instrument with precision, finesse, and complete confidence.

    At this late stage of WWII, the US military was highly-experienced in the business of creating competent young aviators. One important aspect of this success was that they understood their pupils. By most definitions, trainees in every branch of the military were still kids. Many of them were likely to spend their free time reading comic books. And nearly everyone had a favorite comic strip in the newspaper that they could relate to. It only made sense to incorporate similar styles and familiar characters into training curriculums.

    Star Wars Battlefront 2 Messenger Droid Cosplay!

    In partnership with EA's Star Wars Battlefront II, we made a cosplay of the Messenger Droid character for New York Comic Con! Frank and his team took on the challenge of bringing this imposing character to life, simulating its distinct holographic head with beautiful practical effects. The resulting effect was stunning! (This video was sponsored by Electronic Arts.)

    Mid-October Pop Culture Wrap Up - Episode 78 -10/20/17
    On this episode of CreatureGeek, Frank and Len chat about a bunch of stuff that's been out, coming soon and more including Blade Runner 2049 chat, IT and Stephen King talk, The Orville, Halloween and more. Plus a shout out to Haunted Houses and Mike Mekash (husband of Eryn Krueger Mekash) If you're digging this podcast, please head over to http://www.patreon.com/creaturegeek and support us with a few bucks. We truly appreciate your support!
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    Adam Savage's Set Tour of the Blade Runner Universe!

    Adam takes us behind the scenes of the filming of the 2048: Nowhere to Run short film that's part of the official Blade Runner universe. From the static set dressing to the functional props and vehicles, Adam shows how the production builds a believable science fiction world out of the pieces of our own reality.

    Supertroopers, Part Deux - Still Untitled: The Adam Savage Project - 10/17/17
    Adam raves about a screening of Pixar's Coco, giving his spoiler-free review. Plus, we hear about Adam's Star Trek: The Experience auction adventure, a recommendation for a Eyvind Earle art exhibit, and teases for Adam's upcoming London trip to MC Michael Giacchino's concert bash! Thanks to Tested's Ryan Kiser for joining us this week in Will's absense!
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    Behind the Scenes with Tested at New York Comic Con 2017!

    Join us for a brief look at what our New York Comic Con experience was like this year! From roaming the show floor chatting with cosplayers and geeking out over collectibles to backstage prep for incognito walks with Adam, here's a taste of Tested's convention life. Thanks to everyone who said hi at the show!

    The Orville's Krill Makeup Demo at KNB EFX

    We visit award-winning makeup effects house KNB EFX, the shop where Howard Berger and his team designed the makeups for Seth MacFarlane's The Orville. Howard and key makeup artist Tami Lane give us a demo of the Krill makeup application they developed for the show, which makes it clear that The Orville's creators are big science fiction fans.

    The Weird and Awesome World of Bootleg Art Toys

    At a few pop culture conventions every year, DKE Toys brings designers and artists together to release a series of limited artist edition toys inspired by the blister pack action figures of our youth. Dov Kelemer chats with us about how the bootleg art toy scene got started and how each artist brings something different and subversive to their resin figures and packaging.

    Toyqube: Turning 2D Art into Sculpted Collectibles

    We meet up with Keith Poon, artist and proprietor of Toyqube, a designer collectibles company that works with artists to turn their art into limited-run sculptures. Keith--known for his own Sharky vinyl figures--chats about the process of collaborating with artists and working in multiple mediums.

    Building Adam's 2001: A Space Odyssey "Moonwatcher", Part 1

    My passion for the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey launched me into the quest of a career at the age of 16. I wanted to be a filmmaker. I wanted to make things for movies. I wanted to make space ships, creatures, props and more. I started learning everything I could about Kubrick and film making. I started making my own films and, eventually after graduating from school, I got a job at the American Zoetrope with Francis Coppola. George Lucas was there also and was working on the movie version of his short film, "THX11384eb". This was another film I loved that inspired me.

    To make a long story short, in 1974 I moved to LA and started working for the studios as a special effects makeup artist. I met Rick Baker who helped me start my career as a creature maker and Gorilla man. My career exploded and for years I made creatures and makeup effects for films, TV commercials, and TV shows.

    I worked on "Star Trek the Motion Picture" where I made Spock's ears, GhostBusters making creatures and puppeteering them just to name a couple. I made one feature motion picture with Charles Band, "The Day Time Ended" that I wrote and produced. I played an alien in the opening sequence of "Laser Blast" and did all the makeup and props. This lead to a SAG career of playing creatures for films along with my Gorilla suit work I did for many years.

    This is just the short story but it all began with 2001, which brings me to this project: Moonwatcher.

    I always wanted to make something from 2001. Most of the models have already been done. The helmets and suits by Mike Scott had been done (and they are amazing!). But no one had done Moonwatcher or the Star Child. So I set off to do both.

    Adam reached out about the project asking me if he could get in the build. I said yes, of course. So let's get going here and I'll show you how I made Moonwatcher based on Stuart Freeborn's fantastic work 50 years ago.

    Adam Savage Incognito as 2001: A Space Odyssey's Moonwatcher!

    Adam goes incognito at this year's New York Comic Con as Moonwatcher, the lead ape in 2001: A Space Oyssey! This character is special because the mask was originally designed by make-up artist Stuart Freeborn, who also created Chewbacca's costume. And in a first for Adam Incognito, he was able to walk the floor and explore the convention without being detected! (Check out the work of Steve Neill, who made this Moonwatcher mask for Adam!)