It's finally time to resume work on The Martian spacesuit costume build! In the two years since we last checked in on the project, Frank Ippolito has moved into a new shop and has been chipping away on 3D printing crucial parts to the costume. Adam spends the day at Frank's shop to survey the pieces and start work on the helmet! (Thanks to Frank and his team for keeping this project alive in the midst of their busy shop schedule! Check out more of Thingergy's projects here.)
Could we engineer new life forms for space travel? Ariel is joined by chemical biologist Dr. Jun Axup and Dr. Lynn Rothschild of NASA to discuss the idea of genetic engineering as portrayed in the film Alien: Covenant. How does real-world gene editing technology like CRISPR relate to the ideas portrayed in science fiction?
We've featured Sideshow Collectibles' beautiful superhero statues before, and at New York Comic Con, we took a closer look at some of their creature work. Andy from Sideshow walks us through their new Alien and Predator sculpts, which were a collaboration with the original artists who built the creature suits for the films!
New York Comic Con is a massive pop culture event--the largest convention of its kind on the east coast. We were there this year to meet artists, makers, prop builders, and cosplayers, and those videos will be coming out in the coming days. While we had any downtime, we walked the show floor and found these wonderful cosplayers. They're just a small sample of the hundreds of cosplayers that showed up this year. Sorry if we didn't see you this time and hope to see you at the next convention!
Adam shares the story of a recently completed project: an accurate replica of the Starchild prop seen at the end of 2001: A Space Odyssey. The journey to making this prop involved collaborations with effects artist Steve Neill, finishing work by Tested's Kayte Sabicer, and electronics by Jeremy Williams! Keep an eye on it's hypnotic gaze!
2001: A Space Odyssey fans are in for a treat! We go hands-on with the Discovery EVA Pod model kit from Moebius Models, an 1/8th scale miniature we first saw at Comic-Con. It's an impressive styrene kit that's much bigger than we imagined, and we show its details side-by-side with the 12th-scale Atomic City garage kit released almost a decade ago.
For the short film we recently made with Weta Workshop, Joey color graded the footage using the Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve Micro Panel. In this review, Joey goes through his workflow for grading the shots to get specific looks, and tests this physical control panel to get the most out of the DaVinci Resolve software.
With Star Trek: Discovery, we're seeing a reminaging of the TOS era of Star Trek starships. But many of the ship designs created for the show aren't fully appreciated in the computer-generated shots on screen. We check out some of these ships, like the new bird of prey or vulcan science vessel, at Eaglemoss' Comic-Con booth.
In anticipation of the upcoming Prop Store live auction, we check out some of the best pieces of movie costuming, hand props, and memorabilia from films like Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Men in Black. This is a rare chance to see in person iconic pieces like Indiana Jones' fedora and bullwhip, stop-motion puppets from The Nightmare Before Christmas, and the actual Noisy Cricket!
We thought we had seen the ultimate 2001: A Space Odyssey Discovery model with the Moebius kit, but here's an upcoming model kit that takes things up a notch. This is a prototype 1/10th studio scale model of the Discovery from Kaiyodo, with an insane amount of detail that we can't wait to build!
We take a look at a few high-end collectibles from Jurassic Park and Jurassic World at this year's Comic-Con. Chroncicle Collectibles shows us their life-size Baby Blue replica made from ILM's digital files, as well as a prototype for their official Barbasol can replica that's officially licensed and made in partnership wtih Barbasol!
We visit Weta Workshop's booth at this year's Comic-Con to take a look at some of the specialty film costumes they've worked on recently, including a suits from Pacific Rim: Uprising and Thor: Ragnarok. One costume that absolutely floored us was a full-body robot suit from the upcoming film I Am Mother.
It's happening! After Adam's visit to Weta Workshop and chatting with their collectibles team, Weta is going to start a run of resin model kits for modelmakers to build the Moose mech from Chappie! We inspect the details of this kit pulled from the molds at Comic-Con, which look even more detailed than the painted model. We can't wait to build this back at the shop!
We go behind the protective glass to get a close look at Korben FX's new "studio-scale" starship models from Star Trek: Discovery. Modelmaker John Eblan shows us some details of these ships that you can't see on the digital models that appear on the show, and describes the process of making this version of the USS Enterprise!
Mondo, known for their highly sought-after movie posters and art prints, has been dipping their toes into toys and collectibles based on iconic pop culture characters. We chat with their head of collectibles to preview upcoming releases, including figures from Batman: The Animated Series, Masters of the Universe, and Mecha Spider-Man!
We can finally reveal a project we've been working on since the beginning of the year, when Tested visited Weta Workshop in New Zealand! In collaboration with the world-class artists, craftspeople, and filmmakers at Weta Workshop, Adam Savage and Tested proudly present this short film. This kicks off a new mini-series that follows our journey as we put this film together just one week at Weta! Watch the first episode right now!