This month’s Bits to Atoms project explores the idea of teamwork through quadcopter hacking. Jeremy and Sean set up a game for the Tested team to cooperatively pilot a quadcopter through an obstacle course, and Adam comes in to save the day with his decisive leadership.
It’s time for our annual walking tour of San Diego Comic-Con! Norm is joined this year by Allen Pan and Tamara Robertson, friends of Tested who were both recently contestants on Mythbusters: The Search. It’s Allen and Tamara’s first SDCC, so we chat about their experience, fandoms, cosplay, and look at some of the awesome things from the massive show floor!
In addition to making costume and armor kits, Anovos is starting to produce replica prop kits as well, starting with this Star Wars First Order F-11D Blaster. We stop by their booth at Comic-Con to check out the production model of this kit, learn about its build material, and see how it’s put together. We can’t wait to paint one!
Adam and Norm check out some insanely detailed props and costumes Weta Workshop made for the film Spectral, now on auction at Prop Store. We examine the intricate details put into these pieces, from the futuristic design to elaborate weathering and functional electronics. Just look at that plasma rifle! Check out more props from this film available for purchase here.
We hit the floor at San Diego Comic-Con to visit a few of our friends, starting with the artists at Weta Workshop. Weta brought costumes they built for films like the new Power Rangers, Lord of the Rings, and Netflix’s Spectral. We chat with costume tech Darin Gordine about the making of these pieces and how costume fabrication has changed in the studio’s storied history.
Adam fulfills his lifelong dream of becoming King Arthur from the film Excalibur at San Diego Comic-Con! This year’s costume is a full suit of armor from Excalibur, made by legendary armorer Terry English who made all the armor for the film. Adam spent over a week at Terry’s shop assisting with this build, culminating in this beautiful shiny suit that’s surprisingly comfortable to move in!
This week, Frank shows us how to cast resin with different metallic powders to give castings a beautiful finish right out of the mold. To test different cold casting techniques, we use a mold of a familiar movie prop!
In this on-location episode, we attend a preview event to get hands-on time with Marvel Powers United VR, co-op brawler that lets you feel like a superhero. We chat with the game’s developer and give initial impressions, and then sit down for a longer interview with Oculus’ Nate Mitchell about the state of Rift.