Sean experiments with designing for laser cutting in this prop replica project inspired by Blade Runner 2049. Using our Universal Systems laser cutter, he makes a futuristic-looking display stand for the memory spheres that appear in the film. We talk through his design process and assemble this neat light-up stand. Find the memory orb replica here.
Space billionaires like Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos are in the news today, but one of the first space billionaires appeared in the 1979 James Bond film Moonraker. Ariel is joined by author Bonnie Burton and science correspondent Emily Calandrelli to talk about pop culture's stylized take on space travel in the late 70s, in the wake of Star Wars and the dawn of NASA's Shuttle program.
Stop-Motion Animation isn't just about puppets--traditional 2D artists visualize the action of the film with storyboards. We chat with one of Aardman's storyboard artists to learn how fast they work to create a rough sketch version of the film most people will never see.
On this episode of Offworld, we revisit the Danny Boyle science fiction film Sunshine, in which a crew is sent to reignite the Sun. We're joined by astrophysicist and Professor of Astronomy Gibor Basri to discuss the science of the film and which parts hold up (and the parts that don't). What would the bomb the size of Manhattan do to the Sun?
Adam Savage steps onto one of the film stages at Aardman Animations, where a complex and detailed miniatures set is ready for stop-motion filming. Chatting with one of the Animation Directors of the film, Adam learns how the puppets are mounted on these sets to make them come alive, one frame at a time.
Even though a stop-motion animated film is shot at a smaller-than-life scale, the sets and environments that need to be built for its clay characters can still be massive. Adam Savage enters the production design room at Aardman Animations to learn how Early Man's sets are blueprinted, prototyped, and then finally built to be filmed, one frame at a time.
Adam Savage visits Aardman Animations, where the studio is in production for its new film Early Man. A stop-motion film production requires many departments to work together to film dozens of scenes concurrently--so how is all of this organized? In chatting with Early Man's first Assistant Director Ben Barrowman, Adam learns how a sprawling film production is kept on track for its filming deadlines!
Adam Savage visits the animation offices at Aardman, where Will Becher, Animation Director of Early Man walks us through the development of the film's characters. We learn how the personalities of the characters were developed, brought to life, and kept consistent through the filming process. Watch the trailer for Aardman Animations' Early Man here.
While visiting Aardman Animations, Adam Savage meets up with Nick Park, director of the Wallace and Gromit films, Chicken Run, and Early Man! Adam chats with Nick about the stop-motion filmmaking process and how the various teams at Aardman work together to make feature-length stop-motion stories.
Adam Savage visits Aardman Animations' workshop to get up close with some of the beautiful stop-motion animation puppets used in the studio's upcoming film Early Man. Aardman senior model maker Jimmy Young walks us through some of the modelmaking processes that go into these puppets' sculpts, clothes, and armatures!
On this episode of Offworld, Ariel is joined by Tested's own Simone Giertz and guest Trace Dominguez to discuss and dissect the 1986 film Space Camp! Trace relates the film to his own experience attending the real space camp, and we ponder NASA's influence on the making of the movie.
Just what kind of sculpting material is used in making the stop-motion animation characters at Aardman Animations? Adam Savage investigates as he visits the studio's materials lab to get his hands on this iconic modelling clay.
Welcome to Offworld, a new show we're making that explores the fun places where space and pop culture intersect! In each episode, we'll examine a science fiction story and discuss how it holds up under some scientific scrutiny. For our inaugural episode, we talk about the 1997 film Contact with special guest Dr. Jill Tarter, whose work at SETI was the inspiration for the main character of the book and film.
It's like a late Christmas at Adam's cave as he opens of box of props from the film Gods of Egypt--part of a large collection of costumes and props on auction later this month. These stunt weapons stand up to scrutiny up close, and show the production designer's take on Egyptian mythology.
One Day Builds return! Adam's latest build is a prop replica from one of his favorite films of 2017, Blade Runner 2049! In making Deckard's binoculars from the movie, Adam starts with a 3D-printed model designed around working optics, and adds plenty of his own customized parts for accuracy!