At USC's Institute for Creative Technologies, computer scientists and engineers have been tinkering with virtual reality, augmented reality, and everything in between. We're given a tour of ICT's Mixed Reality Lab, where projects explore the intersections of VR and accessibility, avatars, and even aerial drones.
We're thrilled to unveil a new 3D printed project from Sean Charlesworth! Sean was inspired to design and print his own Star Wars-inspired lightsaber, but with his own twist: this Sith model is a cutaway design that shows the internal construction of the hilt. Sean discusses how he came up with this design and how he used the Formlabs Form 2 printer fabricate it. Plus, the design files are free for anyone to download!
Adam is delighted by this mystery package sent by a Tested fan from Canada: a perfect scale replica of Adam's cardboard sitting man that he built when he was a teenager. Adam's cardboard man was his earliest complex build, and now this miniature lives in the cave! Thanks so much, Damien, for sending us this mailbag!
A special visit to the cave this week as two friends from Aardman Animations visit Adam and bring along some of their amazing stop-motion animation puppets! Jimmy and Gary work at Aardman's model shop, and show Adam the intricate details that go into each puppet. Plus, a surprise for Adam!
Frank Ippolito unveils another dream build! His Han Solo in Carbonite refrigerator is exactly the kind of brilliant idea that's not easy to execute. We walk through the build process and show how Frank sourced accurate parts from the replica prop community and added awesome features like glowing lights!
Our very own Frank Ippolito recently built a lifelike Hypnotoad for the Fan-o-Rama Futurama fan film, and shows how he built the animatronic for the project. Check out its animated eyes and mesmerizing breathing motion. All hail hypnotoad!
I Tweeted a couple of photos Norman Chan had taken of me for a Tested project, and what populated my Twitter feed after that was too awesome not to share. Here's just a few of your PhotoShop creations. You guys ROCK.
We reveal this year's Tested member community poster! In the process of building his Comic-Con 2016 Incognito cosplay, Adam sketched out many design drawings and notes studying how he could make a bear costume. Those designs are beautifully laid out in this limited-edition poster, which we're sending out to members of the Tested community! (PayPal now accepted!)
We timewarp back to the week before Comic-Con for this One Day Build, in which Adam builds the head for his grizzly bear costume! Adam explains how he sketched out the design for the character, how he experimented with its forms, and how the suit comes together. But the head is the most important part!
For this year's Comic-Con panel, Adam is joined by costume designer Deborah Nadoolman Landis and cosplayer Jay Justice to discuss the love of costuming and cosplay. Enjoy this conversation about the power of costumes and the stories they reveal.
Painting and applying the finishing touches to a project is usually my very favorite part of the process and this mini Mad Max inspired R/C car I've been working on is no exception. There's something incredibly satisfying about the storytelling you can imbue into your creation with the right amount of color, texture, and grime on a build like this.
Something that just about every post apocalyptic vehicle has in common is rust. There's no getting around the kind of oxidation a metal car is going to endure when traversing a post apocalyptic wasteland. So, after priming all my pieces with a rattle can spray primer, I airbrushed on a nice, burnt sienna rust layer. This was a thinned down, pre mixed acrylic paint. Nothing fancy here!
Some of the other parts of the car weren't going to be all rusty, so they were base coated with other airbrushed colors. The jerry cans, for example, would be made of a plastic, so they were painted red. Any of the parts that would be chrome were done with a rattle can of sprayed, black lacquer.
For this Comic-Con incognito walk through the show floor, Adam does something different and gets suited up from a booth in the exhibit hall. Dressed as Kylo Ren (costume by Anovos), he ventures out to meet other Star Wars cosplayers and visits the Lucasfilm booth to see some collectibles up close.
One of the best parts of Comic-Con is getting up close with rare movie props at the Prop Store booth. Brandon Alinger walks us through some of the collection on display, which will be going on auction later this year.
You might have caught the teaser trailer for this ambitious live-action adaptation of Futurama, and we check out the costumes, makeups, props, and puppets made for this unbelievable fan production. They even have an animatronic Bender!
Prop Shop had their helmet, lightsaber, and other prop replicas on display at their Comic-Con booth, and we get up close with one of our favorite pieces: Darth Vader's burnt helmet. We learn how the pieces are made, how they're derived from the original prop data, and check out a new piece unveiled.