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Off the Rails – Still Untitled: The Adam Savage Project – 8/6/19

We jump through a wide-range of topics this week, including favorite movie analysis videos, deaging effects, and the details on the North Bergen High School drama class Alien spacesuit. Plus, Will recommends the glass blowing competition show Blown Away and we talk about what kinds of competition shows we like. Next weekend we’ll be at Silicon Valley Comic Con!

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  1. While I’m not a professional glassblower, and I’m only halfway through the show, I blew glass for three years in school. So far, I think the show is a pretty good representation of the craft and the challenges. At least two of my friends who do glass professionally agree.

    Will talks about how the failures can happen right up to the moment the glass is put in the oven. I laughed because it doesn’t end there!

    Glassblowing in school on hard deadlines was a challenge. Because we were learning and ambitious, and kids, we often made really thick stuff (thermal complex) at the last possible moment. Annealing is your worst enemy in this scenario, and we all pushed the boundaries.

    One day while in the middle of a critique of a large solid piece, our teacher opened a window. An icy upstate New York breeze blew into the room and onto the piece. The whole class was looking directly at it as it shattered and collapsed into a pile of glass shards on the table in front of us!

    Great show as always guys. And while I don’t blow glass anymore, let me know if you help with glass casting.

  2. I’ve not blown glass properly, but I did make neon signs for a couple of years, which is sort of a “glass blowing lite”, and can second Mike’s comments that you’re not out of the woods once the piece is finished.

    You can very easily introduce stress in glass that stays hidden for days or weeks, until the piece is subjected to the exact right knock or temperature shift… and then you have a table full of glass powder :p It was not uncommon to come back to the studio after a weekend and find one of the tubes had exploded on the shelf and taken a few of its neighbors along with it.

  3. Norm’s and Movies With Mikey’s characterization of Godzilla King of the Monsters (the re-packaging of the original Godzilla film) is inaccurate. Godzilla King of the Monsters is not a poorly dubbed version of Godzilla; they are different movies with different purposes. The two films are different enough that they each have their own Wikipedia page. Promise me that you will watch the supplementary material with the Criterion edition of Godzilla (I think it is still on the Criterion Channel right now) and I promise that I won’t go through it all here.

    Movies With Mikey’s comments on Godzilla and Spielberg’s Lost World indicate no sense of context. At the time of Lost World there had been 50 years of Godzilla films and it was a pop phenomenon from Japan, so Japanese characters confusing a rampaging dinosaur with Godzilla is funny to some people. Godzilla King of the Monsters repackaged a serious film to fit into the B-movie, atomic monster film craze.

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