Amber Ruffin – The Adam Savage Project – 11/17/20

We’re delighted to be joined this week by comedian and writer Amber Ruffin–creator and host of The Amber Ruffin Show! Recording from her studio offices at 30 Rock, Amber talks about the process of developing and writing her show during the lockdown, writing for Late Night with Seth Meyers, and her stint performing improv comedy in Amsterdam with Boom Chicago!

Thanks to Amber for joining us this week! You can watch The Amber Ruffin Show on Peacock here: and follow Amber on Twitter here:

Adam Savage’s Favorite Tools: Mobile Filming Rig!

After over eight months of filming his builds in the cave, Adam has refined his mobile filming rig to make it easy to move around the shop and capture all the different tools and processes shown in One Day Builds and other videos. Let’s walk through all the components of Adam’s mobile filming kit, which breaks down and packs up nicely in one of his EDC bags!

Savage Industries EDC Two Dyneema bag:
iPhone 11:
Shurtape black masking tape:
White out pen:
Loc Line:
Spring clamp:
Carbon Fiber monopod:
Monopod base:
Joby phone holder:
20 foot lightning cable:
iHome wall wart:

Shot by Adam Savage and edited by Norman Chan

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Inside Adam Savage’s Cave: Chronicles of Narnia Sword!

Adam shares a new piece from his movie sword collection that he recently picked up–a stunt sword from The Chronicles of Narnia. Made by the team at Weta Workshop, it’s a lovely and amazing piece that shows the level of detail Weta Workshop has always put into their film props, quality which extends from the one-off hero swords to the cast stunt weapons.

Ask Adam: Stolen Indiana Jones Whip Update

Did Adam ever get his stolen whip back? Which VFX from the Indy films is the most exciting? Adam answered these great Raiders of the Last Ark-related questions from Tested Patrons Lee Marsh and Vickie Bligh during his Oct. 26 live stream. Thanks for your support, Lee and Vickie! Did you ever get your stolen whip back? Join this channel to support Tested and get access to perks.

Inside Adam Savage’s Cave: LEGO Minifig Blade Runner Blaster!

Followers and fans of Tested know how much Adam loves Blade Runner and his journey replicating Deckard’s blaster from the original film. Today’s show and tell is a version of that prop that Adam never considered would ever be made: an unofficial LEGO minifig scale PKD blaster, complete with dual triggers and even translucent parts! The details are impressive at this size, and a testament to the ingenuity and manufacturing capability of LEGO fandom.

Find this BrickArms blaster here:

Adam Savage’s One Day Builds: How to Make an Apple Box!

Today’s build is all about the humble Apple Box, the ubiquitous piece of production gear found on almost every television and film set. Adam shares some of the lessons he’s learned from his decades of experience working on production sets, and walks through the step by step process of making a standard 20x12x8″ apple box from scratch. This is the kind of project that makes a wonderful gift for the aspiring filmmaker in your life!

C-Stand with Arm:
Grip head:
Super clamp:
Cardelini clamp:
C-47 clothespins:

Shot by Adam Savage and edited by Norman Chan

Adam Savage’s Custom Ginger Beer Bottle!

Adam shares something delightful that recently arrived in the mail: a custom bottle of his favorite ginger beer! The folks at Bundaberg noticed Adam drinking this in past videos, and made a custom bottle and label to send to the cave. And no, this was not a sponsored product placement!

Tested: Hollyland Mars 400S Pro Wireless HDMI Kit!

In this production show and tell, Joey checks out and tests a new wireless HDMI kit from Hollyland–the Mars 400S Pro kit! This type of wireless video transmitter/receiver setup usually costs thousands of dollars, but this kit provides production-quality wireless video at an unbeatable price. Joey walks us through his testing of the system’s range and quality, and discusses the kinds of productions where this would be useful.

Find out more about the Hollyland Mars 400S Pro at

Shot and edited by Joey Fameli

Enter the Apple M1 – This is Only a Test 575 – 11/12/20

The long prophesied day has finally arrived–Apple this week announced three new computers that run on its new ARM-based M1 processor, and we dive into their configurations and discuss how the transition to ARM could affect new Mac buyers. Plus, we review the latest episode of The Mandalorian and chat about this week’s big next-gen console launches . Will and Jeremy also geek out about Harmonix’s latest music game Fuser!

Adam Savage’s One Day Builds: How To Build a $5 Sword!

This week’s build is actually a how-to project! Adam’s had the idea for making a wooden sword out of just five dollars of materials since his theater shop days, and shows you the step by step process of building this inexpensive but satisfying prop. It’s a build that can be done with any combination of materials, tools, and adhesives, and makes use of some of Adam’s favorite propmaking techniques!

Aluminum Foil Tape:
Electrical Tape:
Cotton Twine:
CA glue:

Shot by Adam Savage and edited by Gunther Kirsch