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    Highlights From Simone Giertz's Reddit AMA on March 3, 2017

    Reddit is special to Simone Giertz (aka "simsalapim"); it marks the start of her journey into robot-building and the reason she now has this "very weird job." So her first AMA was a very big deal for her. We gathered some of our own favorite questions and answers below; to read the full AMA, go here!

    sharkuppercut: What do you do with the purposely shitty robots you make after you've done a video with them? Do they get hung in a hall of fame or do they just get tossed in the trashbin?

    simsalapim: I keep them! Some of them are packed up and some of them are hanging on the wall in my workshop. I try to not slaughter them for parts because I often bring them to events, TV shows etc.

    hush_shush: Can you actually make a better functioning robots or are they really a reflection of your current skill?

    simsalapim: To be honest, building shitty robots is surprisingly difficult. I want them to be shitty in a really specific way, so they are not just a shot in the dark. But sure, I'm no Adam Savage...

    Adam Savage Behind the Scenes of Ghost in the Shell!

    Adam Savage visits Weta Workshop to get up close with some of the practical props the effects studio made for the upcoming film Ghost in the Shell. Weta Workshop's Richard Taylor shows Adam the mechanical geisha masks and animatronic puppets his team created, and how Weta Workshop used new fabrication and design technologies to make these props possible.

    The Ridiculous Tools of Vincent Van Dyke - Episode 60 -2/24/17
    Today's guest on CreatureGeek is Vincent Van Dyke. Vincent is a Primetime emmy award nominated make-up artist whose work has been seen on such shows as Nip/Tuck, Dexter and Grey's Anatomy. He has also lent his prosthetic prowess to big name films like Star Trek, Batman V Superman and The Revanant. He is currently working on the biopic I, Tonya which will turn Margot Robbie into the infamous figure skater Tonya Harding. If you're digging this podcast, please head over to and support us with a few bucks. Thanks for listening! And be sure to listen to how to get a new pack of CreatureGeek stickers!
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    On the Road Again - Still Untitled: The Adam Savage Project - 2/22/17
    We're all recording remotely this week as Adam begins his nationwide tour of the Brain Candy stage show! Adam talks about the process of scripting, blocking, and rehearsing the show, working with Michael Stevens, and a big milestone for his kids. Plus, we discuss some recent films we've seen! (We'll hope to have video next week!)
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    Adam Savage's One Day Builds: Chewbacca's Bandolier!

    Time for some Star Wars prop building--Adam Savage makes an upgrade to one of his favorite costumes! Adam's never been satisfied with the original bandolier strap and satchel he made for his Chewbacca cosplay, so today he fabricates new ones from scratch with metal and leather. And of course Adam hides an easter egg into this Wookiee prop!

    Maker Spaces - Still Untitled: The Adam Savage Project - 2/14/17
    We're joined by a special guest this week--artist Jen Schachter, who worked with Adam on the White House SXSL sign and is in town to collaborate on more projects. Jen visits us from Baltimore, where she researches the cultures of maker spaces around the country. This is also our last podcast before Adam goes on tour, but we'll be recording with him remotely in the coming weeks!
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    How To Mold and Cast Foam Props!

    Our very own Frank Ippolito shows you how to make simple silicone molds to cast and paint foam replicas of props like shop tools! We go over the moldmaking process and show how self-skinning expanding foam can make great-looking stunt props for your projects.

    Keeper Of The Keys: A Chat With Andy Clement - Episode 59 -2/10/17
    Today's guest on CreatureGeek is Andy Clement. Andy is a makeup artist who is best known for his work on big name films such as Interstellar, Deadpool, Cloverfield and Guardians of the Galaxy. He was also a business and teaching partner with the master Dick Smith and is the keeper of the information passed on by him via the Dick Smith Special FX Makeup Course, a must-know for anyone in or thinking of getting into the business. If you're digging this podcast, please head over to and support us with a few bucks. Thanks for listening!
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    Shop Tips: How To Use Spray Paint Nozzle Tips

    This week's tip from Frank Ippolito is about actual tips--for spray cans, that is. Frank shows Norm how he uses different nozzle caps for different effects when spray painting props and signage in his shop. Whether you run a large workshop or just work out of your garage, we want to hear your shop tips that you rely on in your projects. Post them in the comments below!

    Revisiting The Wild West With Norman Cabrera - Episode 58 -2/3/17
    CreatureGeek returns for February with one of the premiere makeup artists and sculptors working today - Norman Cabrera. Norman's list of credits are a compendium of the best fantasy and horror have to offer and include such titles as The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead, Drag Me to Hell, Kill Bill Voume 1, Hellboy, The X-Files, Harry and The Hendersons and many more. He reminisces about the 80s, the wild west of makeup and working with one of the greats, Rick Baker. If you're digging this podcast, please head over to and support us with a few bucks.
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    Adam Savage's One Day Builds: Custom NERF Rifle

    This past holiday, Adam took part in Imgur's secret santa gift exchange, surprising a fan with a custom modded and painted Nerf rifle! For today's One Day Build, Adam shows how he took the Nerf toy apart and put it back together with his functional and aesthetic improvements.

    How Prop Makers Engineer the Weapons and Gear of The Expanse!

    Adam visits the props department of Syfy's The Expanse, where armorists and propmakers engineer the weapons, helmets, and the gear that give weight and story to the universe of the show. Prop master James Murray shows Adam some of the unique props his team has made, revealing aesthetic and functional details! Season 2 of The Expanse premieres Wednesday, Feb. 1!

    How Costumers and Artists Build the Wardrobe of Syfy's The Expanse

    Adam recently went behind the scenes of Syfy's The Expanse, visiting the production and exploring the props, costumes, and sets created for the show. One of Adam's favorite places was the costume department, where costume designer Joanne Hansen let him get up close to the custom armor and outfits worn by the cast. Plus, a visit to the costume breakdown and aging room for a look at weathering!

    Shop Tips: Cutting Foam for Propmaking

    Frank shares some of his favorite blades and techniques for cutting foam for prop and costume fabrication. Whether you run a large workshop or just work out of your garage, we want to hear your shop tips that you rely on in your projects. Post them in the comments below!