Ask Adam Savage: Favorite Life Experience as a Result of MythBusters

Tested member Gary Chang asks, “What’s your favorite life experience on MythBusters that you don’t think you would have done otherwise?” Here’s Adam’s answer (and no, his ultimate answer isn’t given away by the thumbnail)! Join this channel to support Tested and get access to perks, like asking Adam a question.

Tested Favorite Tools: Hot Wire Foam Carving Set!

Modelmaker and fabricator Kayte Sabicer shares one of her favorite things for quickly carving foam: a versatile set from Hot Wire Foam Factory that includes three different handheld foam sculpting tools. Kayte demonstrates and gives tips for using the hot wire tool, the hot knife, and engraver on sheets on cheap pink insulation foam, which you can stack and glue together to form all sorts of shapes for modelmaking terrain and sculpture!

Hot Wire Foam Factory Tool Kit: https://amzn.to/3h9BYQA
Hot Wire Foam Factory Pro Kit: https://amzn.to/3yi3sL9

Mondoshawan Ship Model from The Fifth Element!

For fans of The Fifth Element, this model miniature will be instantly recognizable as the Mondoshawan ship from the beginning of the film. But as Adam Savage learns as he gets up close to the details of this prop, it’s actually a study model created in pre-production to allow the director and production team to approve and refine the form of the ship. This beautiful model shows how effective kitbashing and paint weathering can be to convey design ideas, and is itself a lovely artifact from the days of practical model miniature work in film.

Find this model and the rest of the props on auction at: https://usm.propstoreauction.com/m/view-auctions/info/id/287/

Shot by Joey Fameli and edited by Norman Chan

Original Ghostbusters Terror Dog Puppet!

Adam Savage meets one of the terror dog stop-motion animation puppets created for the original Ghostbusters film. Case from the same molds as the hero puppets we saw on screen, this menacing creature was used as a backup prop and retains all of the muscular sculpt and form of the hero models. Given the shape of the horns on this terror dog, do you think it’s Zuul or Vinz Clotho?

Find these terror dog and the rest of the props on auction at: https://usm.propstoreauction.com/m/view-auctions/info/id/287/

3D Printing an Anatomical Cross-Section Sculpture!

We experiment with a 3D printing technique to make it look like a solid object is embedded in a glossy piece of translucent resin, in this case a golden skull encased in a bust of the Venus de Milo. It’s a convincing effect that can be replicated using free modeling software and looks great 3D printed in resin like SirayaTech Simple Clear, painted with some Rub ‘n Buff. Follow along and try this project out yourself! (This video was made possible with support from Wondrium. Check out Wondrium and start a free trial today at http://www.wondrium.com/tested )

Inspiration for this project: https://www.reddit.com/r/resinprinting/comments/na096j/testing_a_concept_of_golden_skeleton_using/
Featured artist: Cobramode https://www.patreon.com/cobramode/ https://www.myminifactory.com/users/CobraMode
SirayaTech Simple Clear resin: https://siraya.tech/products/simple-1kg-easy-to-print-and-wash-3d-printing-resin-clear
Rub ‘n Buff color pack: https://amzn.to/3zWWtsA
Meshmixer: https://www.meshmixer.com/

Shot and edited by Norman Chan

Adam Savage Meets Original Statler and Waldorf Muppets!

Adam meets the iconic duo of Statler and Waldorf at Prop Store, where the pair of Muppets appear as part of the upcoming Entertainment Memorabilia Live Auction. Getting up close to these Muppets allows Adam to investigate just how they’re made, from the fleece and flocking that are a hallmark of these characters to little details like the fuzz inside Statler’s ear!

Find these iconic Muppets and the rest of the amazing props on auction at: https://usm.propstoreauction.com/m/view-auctions/info/id/287/
Watch Adam’s tour of the Jim Henson exhibit at the Museum of the Moving Image here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IdaX96pvI1E

Shot by Joey Fameli and edited by Norman Chan

EV Quest – This is Only a Test 605 – 6/24/21

A new dubstep intro theme drops this week as Will joins us to discuss the things that excited us at E3, the games that both Will and Jeremy have been working on, and Jeremy’s ongoing quest for a new electric vehicle. Plus we review both Pixar’s Luca and Lin Manuel Miranda’s In The Heights! Thanks to Will for joining us this week! You can listen to TechPod at https://techpod.content.town/

Adam Savage’s One Day Builds: Aliens Colonial Marines Shoulder Lamp!

Adam’s next big costume project has begun, and it’s a painstaking replica of the Colonial Marines armor from the movie Aliens. As part of that ongoing project, he has to fabricate several prop pieces that fit onto the armor, including a distinctive shoulder lamp worn by the characters. And interestingly, most of the components that make up this prop come from found parts that anyone can source online. Thanks to machinist and propmaker Victor Broadley for helping Adam source the parts for this build!

Shot by Adam Savage and edited by Gunther Kirsch

The FX History of the Dinosaur Input Device!

Modelmaker and fabricator Sean Charlesworth shares a rare piece of special effects history: a Dinosaur Input Device (DID) made by the stop-motion animators at Tippett Studio to help in the animation of the first digital movie creatures. Here’s how this unique device bridge the transition from physical animated puppets to the digitally rigged characters that appeared in groundbreaking effects films like Jurassic Park!

Watch this episode in VR here! https://www.oculus.com/experiences/media/802834256715296/314731960227532/
Read more about the history of the DiD here: https://vfxblog.com/dinosaurinputdevice/

Shot and edited by Gunther Kirsch

Adam Savage Meets Original Star Wars Props!

Among the film props and costume pieces uncovered and assembled for the upcoming Prop Store Entertainment Memorabilia Live Auction are a rare collection of pieces from the Star Wars films, including stunt lightsabers used for on-screen dueling and Lando’s Skiff Guard helmet! Adam is particularly excited to see a rare piece of Chewbacca costuming: a foam latex mask that Peter Mayhew wore to become Star Wars’ most beloved Wookiee!

Find these Star Wars artifacts and the rest of the amazing props on auction at: https://usm.propstoreauction.com/m/view-auctions/info/id/287/