PREMIUM – Totally Unauthorized Commentary: Terry Gilliam’s ‘Brazil’

Terry Gilliam’s Brazil is one of the formative films in Adam’s artistic career, and something he has watched innumerable times in his youth. But it’s been a while since he has actually last seen it, so we’re all going to watch it together for a Totally Unauthorized Commentary! We’re watching the Criterion Collection version of the film, and give you sync points to follow along, just like a commentary track. To watch with us, support us and sign up for a membership here!

In-Depth: Replicating ‘The Shining’s’ Overlook Maze Model

Adam Savage’s replica of The Overlook Maze model from The Shining is one of his more complex projects in recent memory, given the timetable required for the build and the sheer amount of focused work needed for it. Adam, Will, and Norm sit down to discuss the planning and execution of the replica, running through Adam’s research, in-progress photos, and documentation. Be sure to first watch the full video showing off the project!

Photo Gallery: Adam Savage’s Overlook Hotel Maze Model

Adam Savage’s Overlook Hotel Maze Model

Over the span of a month, Adam designed and built an accurate replica of the hedge maze architectural model from Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. The maze model, as seen in The Overlook Hotel, is only seen briefly, but reference screenshots from throughout the film allowed Adam to painstakingly recreate it. The project ended up as one of Adam’s more labor-intensive builds in recent memory! (Watch our follow-up in-depth discussion of this maze build here.)

Shot and edited by Joey Fameli

Episode 290 – Positively Stephensonian – 2/26/2015

This week, Will and Norm are joined by TekThing’s Patrick Norton to discuss this week’s news, including the FCC’s broadband as a utility vote, more Smartfish aftermath, the Gemalto hack, China, why it’s Pebble TIme, and Valve’s not-so-top-secret-anymore VR tech.

Show and Tell: R2-D2 Sixth Scale Figure

For this week’s Show and Tell, Norm shares a new figure created by Sideshow Collectibles in their Star Wars line of sixth scale replicas. This is one of the finest R2-D2 reproductions we’ve seen at this size, with articulating dome, touch-activated lights, magnetic panels, and plenty of accessories. All its missing is sound effects–you’ll have to provide the beeps and boops yourself.

The Costuming Secrets of Samurai Armor

We visit the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to explore a massive collection of Samurai Armor. The exhibition featured over 100 pieces of samurai equipment, from beautiful full suits of armor to the more obscure pieces of battle gear. We chat with the exhibit curator to learn about how ceremonial samurai armor was treated as costume, and the interesting secrets of a few pieces on display.

Shot by Joey Fameli
Edited by Jon Finger

Episode 289 – Technical Difficulties – 2/19/2015

This week, Norm, Will, and Jeremy discuss the FAA’s new rules for commercial multirotor flying, a strange Raspberry Pi 2 bug, Disneyland, SNL’s 40th Anniversary Special, Jony Ive, and the NSA’s tricky toolkit. Sorry about the technical difficulties early on, the video starts around the 40 minute mark.

Photo Gallery: Assembling and Painting the 1/6th Scale Figure Kit