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    Behind the Scenes of Fan-O-Rama, the Futurama Fan Film!

    We go behind the scenes of Fan-O-Rama, the ambitious Futurama fan film that brings the beloved cartoon series to real life. Chatting with director Dan Lanigan and actors/producers Kody Frederick and Katie Lanigan, we learn how their team built out elaborate sets, costumes, makeup, and even animatronics for this incredible passion project.

    How To Make Airplanes from Christmas Cards

    Like many people, my first lessons in aerodynamics came from creating enormous fleets of paper airplanes. Most of my pulp-based flyers were constructed from sheets of folded notebook paper. My creativity soared once I realized that I could also make great-flying airplanes using index cards and other forms of cardstock. In many ways, these cardstock airplanes were simpler to make and more robust than my paper models. More importantly, the rigidity of cardstock released my airplane designs from the straight-lined, angular constraints of folded paper. I could shape my cardstock airplanes however I wanted.

    Not many of us keep a supply of cardstock handy. But, that all changes at Christmastime. All of those holiday cards that you receive can be repurposed as glittery, Santa-adorned living room flyers. Creating these airplanes is easy and a lot of fun.

    Step 1: Gather Supplies

    Most of the Christmas cards that I currently have around my house measure just a shade under 5"x7" (127mm x 178mm). We'll call them 5x7 just to keep things simple. Some are folding cards, while others have only one panel. We'll be using a single 5x7 panel for each model. So if you're using a folding card, cut it in half along the fold. Now you can make two airplanes!

    The size of the card(s) you use for this project actually isn't that important. The concept can be scaled up or down with little effect. The same is true of the weight of the cardstock as well. Just use whatever you have on hand. The one notable exception is cards printed on photo paper. I have yet to make a decent flying airplane with that heavy, floppy stuff.

    In addition to a card or two, you will also need a ruler, something to draw with, and a small amount of modeling clay.

    Elizabeth Gilbert's Insight into Our Elusive Creative Genius

    You probably know about Elizabeth Gilbert because her nonfiction book about traveling around the world to find herself after divorce. Eat, Pray, Love was an international bestseller, and then a movie starring Julia Roberts. I knew that the book existed, like nearly everyone with a pulse, but I hadn't read it, nor did I have plans to. To be honest, I'd arrogantly filed it away in my brain under "self-help-How-Stella-Got-Her- Groove-Back-type-books-I'll-probably-never-read."

    What an idiot. It was idiotic to judge Gilbert by her cover story -- because in late 2014 she rocked my world. I was on a 32-city tour with my stage show and looking for stuff to read. I can't remember who recommended it, but I picked up Gilbert's 2010 novel, The Signature of All Things, and promptly had my world rocked. The book KILLED me, and I found myself transported every time I picked it up and often openly weeping at its amazing chronicle of the development of a natural scientist in the 19th century. It's a masterpiece.

    I mentioned this to a friend (thank you, Hodgman!) who promptly told me that Gilbert was a friend and had also given a great TED Talk, "Your Elusive Creative Genius." I discovered in fact that she gave given two talks. But really, they're two halves of one talk, and indeed one of the best ever given, in my humble opinion.

    Behind the Scenes of Syfy's The Expanse

    I'm a superfan of Syfy's The Expanse, so I was very excited to spend time on set to see how the show is made and to talk to the people responsible for creating its immersive world: the costumes, the props, the sets, the special effects. And now the special I filmed for Syfy is available for streaming!

    Adam Savage Interviews the Creators of The Expanse!

    Ever wonder what's it like to stand on the deck of a spaceship you'd WRITTEN into being? Superfan Adam visits the Toronto set of SyfY's The Expanse and chats with co-authors and producers Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck about the process of adapting the book series into the television show. Season 2 of The Expanse premieres Wednesday, Feb. 1 on Syfy.

    Adam Savage's One Day Builds: Pedal-Powered Strandbeest!

    This One Day Build is a special one: Adam assembles a pedal-powered Strandbeest of his own design as an Artist in Residence at the Exploratorium science museum in San Francisco. The outdoor build was open for public view, and Adam has to test and problem-solve the build on site with a mobile workshop deployed from his Land Cruiser!

    The Rooms Where It Happens - Still Untitled: The Adam Savage Project - 12/13/16
    We find out how many miles Adam has traveled this year, as we recap another whirlwind travel week that kicked off with a visit to the White House Christmas party. Adam talks about his favorite parts of that visit, a recent conversation with Guillermo Del Toro, and coming home to go behind the scenes of the Lion King musical!
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    Making an Aliens Power Loader Suit for Ripley the Puppy!

    While at this year's DesignerCon, Frank Ippolito and Bill Doran (Punished Props) take on an impromptu build project: making a foam power loader costume for Ripley the Boston Terrier puppy. Working fast with foam, glue, and paint, Frank and Bill turn around a great puppy cosplay in less than a day!

    Inside John Chambers' CIA Make-Up Kit!

    When Adam Savage visited Peter Jackson's collection of cinema props, costumes, and artifacts, they opened up legendary Hollywood make-up artist John Chambers' CIA make-up and prosthetics kit. Chambers supposedly used kits like this to help the CIA disguise its agents!

    Highlights From Adam Savage's Reddit AMA on Dec. 1, 2016

    In case you missed it, Adam (aka "mistersavage") had another epic AMA on reddit, answering questions for hours. We've gathered some of our favorite answers below; to read the full AMA, go here!

    SpooktaculusDraculus: With MythBusters finished, do you ever see yourself working on movies again, like you did prior to MythBusters?

    mistersavage: I actually designed the crossbow prop for Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency. Max Landis is a good friend and asked if I wanted to design a steampunk taser crossbow for his show. So I sent him a foam-core master with color layout and design hints written all over it, and at the end of production, they sent me the hero prop. That was my fee. I design the prop for free in return for the prop when they're done with it. It's great. I want to do more of that.

    Funnily enough, that's how I started gathering what I needed for the shop. I'd make local theaters the following deal for some jobs: I'd build the prop for them for free if they supplied all the materials, and I got to keep the prop when the show ended. It helped me build a lot of stock, and also it's a great relationship builder. People remembered that. It got me a lot of work over the years.