Favorite Movie Pairings – Still Untitled: The Adam Savage Project – 5/31/16

We start the podcast this week chatting about a recent movie marathon Adam hosted for his family, and the screening of three classic 80s movies that fit well together. We also talk about the new Strandbeest exhibit in San Francisco’s Exploratorium museum, and Adam’s meeting with artist Theo Jansen!

PREMIUM – Tested Builds: Foam Propmaking, Part 5

We finish this week’s build by painting our foam weapons and adding some leather handles. They turned out wonderfully! Thanks to Bill Doran for coming by our office to give us this tutorial, and thanks to all of you for following along with the build. Hope you learned something! We’ll be back next month with another fun week of building, so stay tuned!

Photo Gallery: Theo Jansen’s Strandbeests in San Francisco

Barnaby Dixon’s Elegant Finger Puppet Concept

We’ve gotten a flurry of tips from readers about puppet maker Barnaby Dixon’s finger puppet concept, and you were all correct–this video is amazing. The two-handed puppet is wired with hand and leg mechanisms that give it lively movements and gesture capability. It really comes alive in Barnaby’s hands. While we’re on the topic of puppets, Academy Originals recently profiled Laika studio’s Head of Puppetry in an in-depth behind-the-scenes video.

Adam Savage’s Maker Faire 2016 Talk!

It’s been called the Maker Faire Sermon, but you know it as Adam’s annual talk at the Maker Faire festival. This year, Adam spoke on a mechanical giraffe, sharing stories about his recent visits to maker spaces around the country, bouts of self-doubt, and his mission going forward. Plus, some great questions from the crowd!

Shot and edited by Joey Fameli

PREMIUM – Tested Builds: Foam Propmaking, Part 4

The blade forms for our foam weapons are coming along nicely, and today we start adding some detail to the builds. Bill shows us how to made the foam look like battered metal, in preparation for painting, weathering, and finishing. (Watch Bill and Norm finish up their foam builds tomorrow by joining the Tested Premium member community!)

Episode 352 – Pebble’s Pivot – 5/26/16

We’re recording in Norm’s living room this week while we move offices, but there’s still a lot to go over! Kishore, Jeremy, and Norm talk about their favorite projects they saw at Maker Faire, the recent Star Trek fan event, Pebble’s new products, and rumors of a new XBox. Plus, the ISS’s inflatable module in a moment of science.

Meet Ryan Nagata’s Sci-Fi Ray Gun Collection

While visiting prop maker Ryan Nagata’s shop, Adam Savage learns about Ryan’s collection of custom ray gun replicas. These beautiful hand props are each unique in their design and inspiration, and would right at home in a mid-century sci-fi serial. Check out the one based off of WETA’s Dr. Grordbort Righteous Bison!

Shot by Joey Fameli
Edited by Adam Isaak
Music by Jinglepunks