After a few weeks out of the studio, we’re back in the cave to catch up on a lot of topics! We hear about Adam’s return to television with Mythbusters Jr., and dive into a lengthy discussion of Avengers: Infinity War. Plus, we talk about Simone’s recent announcement.
Watch along with Adam, Norm, and Sean as we revisit John Carpenter’s The Thing! We gush over the practical special effects of the film, peak Kurt Russell, and Rob Bottin’s terrifying creatures.
We assemble and review the new Nintendo Labo Variety Kit and Robot Kit! With the help of Tested-alum Will Smith, we put the kits together in under 4 hours to show you how each game works and what we think of each Toy-Con accessory. Building with cardboard is a lot of fun, and Labo utilizes computer vision and Switch sensors in some very clever ways.
On the day before Infinity War’s release, the gang gathers to recount the past 10 years of Marvel cinematic universe movies, learn the origin of Kishore’s love of Thanos, and hear about some highlights from the Replica Prop Forum showcase. Plus, the VR Minute and thoughts on Nintendo Labo. (Apologies for the bad audio for the 30 minutes of the podcast–our audio recorder stopped recording so we only had camera microphone audio.)
Adam geeks out over his new props and costumes from the film Ghost in the Shell! We get a close look at the custom tactical gear made for the actors, including Saito’s field costume, as well as beautiful Hanka props from the Yakuza club seen in the movie. Check out the props and costumes from the Ghost in the Shell auction here!
Fabricator and modelmaker Kayte Sabicer shows us a technique for making simulated wood flooring using simple gatorboard and shellac sealer! This is an effective technique she’s used many times in making miniature sets, and can be use for miniature displays. The finished effect is so cool!
In our final pop-up podcast recording from Silicon Valley Comic Con, we welcome Evan Narcisse, senior writer at io9 and writer of the current Marvel mini-series Rise of the Black Panther! Evan talks about how he went from being a fan to writing comics, his take on the origin story of Black Panther, and collaborating with artists to tell this new story.
Makeup effects artist Akihito shows us his latest sculptures and makeups at this year’s Monsterpalooza show. From his incredible take on a samurai Predator bust to a Maleficent makeup, we find Akihito’s art spellbinding to behold.
Artist Gio Nakpil from the Oculus Medium team shows off a massive 3d printed figure he sculpted using the virtual reality tool. We what with Gio about his process and the features that make VR sculpting appealing to professional 3D modelers.
Mike Hill–the award-winning creature designer for The Shape of Water–unveils his newest sculpture at this year’s Monsterpalooza. It’s a portrait of Boris Karloff’s monster from the 1931 Frankenstein, along with little Maria from the film. Mike talks about how he made these striking life-sized figures and talks a little about his work on The Shape of Water!