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    One Week at Weta Workshop, Part 5

    Stunt choreographer and performer Shane Rangi designs the fight sequence and Adam rehearses it for the first time. We also learn about the design of the creature and its video game origins. Just one more day until the film shoot!

    Ask Adam: Maker's Block

    Every week, Adam takes a question from the Tested Premium Member community in the comments section below or on social media (tagged #AskAdamSavage) and answers here. This week, Adam answers a question about the tendency to delay working on projects when feeling like you haven't honed your skills to meet the challenge.

    Model Behavior: Vinyl-Cutting Figure Decals

    We're back with more episodes of Model Behavior! Bill comes by the studio to help us experiment with a new vinyl cutter, the Cricut Maker. While we cut tiny decals to deck out a sixth-scale figure, we chat about the uses of vinyl decals and stencils for propmaking and modelmaking, and Bill gives some great advice about how to make the most out of the material.

    One Week at Weta Workshop, Part 4

    The big practical effect in the film is a blood spurt, and to achieve that, we learn about the various kinds of blood rigs that Weta can attach to Adam’s arm. Things get a bit messy with testing the rigs. Joey goes on a location scouting trip and gives Adam some options for the shoot, which is coming up fast!

    Ask Adam: Earliest Memory?

    Every week, Adam takes a question from the Tested Premium Member community in the comments section below or on social media (tagged #AskAdamSavage) and answers here. This week, Adam recalls his earliest memory. What's your earliest memory?

    One Week at Weta Workshop, Part 3

    The creature’s foam latex face is ready to be pulled from its mold, and we take a look at Adam’s fake arm prosthetic to figure out how it’ll be torn off in the fight. For the armor of the ravaged soldier character, we head to the costume shop to wet mold and paint a chest plate. The pieces are coming together!

    Ask Adam: Reading the Comments

    Every week, Adam takes a question from the Tested Premium Member community in the comments section below or on social media (tagged #AskAdamSavage) and answers here. This week, Adam talks about the relationship between content creators and commentors on the internet, and how he deals with toxicity on the internet.

    One Week at Weta Workshop, Part 2

    Adam spends the day in master swordsmith Peter Lyon’s shop, making a steel dagger that will be the hero prop for the film. While Adam gets to grinding the blade, we also visit Weta’s props department to cast a few different rubber stunt daggers for the action sequence. Adam then heads to the paint shop to get the hero and stunt props painted to match!

    Ask Adam: Tiny Apartment, Big Sanding

    Every week, Adam takes a question from the Tested Premium Member community in the comments section below or on social media (tagged #AskAdamSavage) and answers here. This week, Adam talks about ideas and tools for cutting big materials in small spaces.

    One Week at Weta Workshop, Part 1

    Adam, Norm, and Joey arrive in Wellington, New Zealand, home of Weta Workshop to begin work on our short film. Equipped with just a story outline and some pre-planning, we jump right into preparations for the film shoot that'll happen at the end of the week. We begin with a visit to the prosthetics lab, where Adam has his arm moded for a prop, and then sit down to work out the details of the script. Plus, we see the creature suit for the very first time!

    Adam Savage and Broken Nerd's Costume Build, Part 4

    In the final episode of this build series, Adam and Darrell finish their lightsabers, add some weathering to their cloaks, and try on their costumes for the first time! Thanks for joining us in this journey documenting a one-week costume build. We'll have more projects with Darrell in the future, and stay tuned for our next Tested premium member series!

    Ask Adam: Project from Hell

    Every week, Adam takes a question from the Tested Premium Member community in the comments section below or on social media (tagged #AskAdamSavage) and answers here. This week, Adam talks about projects that were thought to be easy but ended up being a project from hell, and how he recovered.

    Adam Savage and Broken Nerd's Costume Build, Part 3

    On the third day of this costume build, it's time to focus on the costume's accessories. Darrell works on adding a big dent to his Knights of Ren helmet and painting it, while Adam gets to work on their custom lightsabers. Pulling parts from his shelf of unfinished projects, the sabers going to be composed of found parts combined with machined ones. We also get a peak into the cave's rarely-seen loft storage!

    Ask Adam: Airplane on a Conveyor Belt

    Every week, Adam takes a question from the Tested Premium Member community in the comments section below or on social media (tagged #AskAdamSavage) and answers here. This week, Adam talks about one of his favorite myths to bust, and why the results were so unbelievable for viewers.

    Adam Savage and Broken Nerd's Costume Build, Part 2

    With a good amount of progress made on the Monk costume, Adam and Darrell turn their attention to the Rogue--the other menacing member of the Knights of Ren! More patterning and sewing! Darrell also gets to a really fun part of the build--adding some damage weathering to his 3D-printed helmets!

    Ask Adam Anything: Learning from the Internet

    Every week, Adam takes a question from the Tested Premium Member community in the comments section below or on social media (tagged #AskAdamSavage) and answers here. This week, Adam gets a question about a specific woodworking project, and uses the opportunity to talk about how he learns and finds answers online, oftentimes in youtube videos. It involves what he calls the rumpelstiltskin method.

    Making The Knights of Ren Cosplay, Part 1

    For this year's Silicon Valley Comic Con, Adam invited prop builder Darrell Maloney (aka Broken Nerd) to San Francisco to spend the week collaborating with him on his cosplay. Their idea: to create the Knights of Ren characters that were only briefly seen in The Force Awakens. Darrell kicks things off with his 3D modeling of the helmets, and brings the prints to the cave for a packed week of building. Let's follow along!

    Model Behavior: Making Custom Wood Blaster Grips!

    Bill's back for another Fusion 360 tutorial in our shop! This week, we step up to modeling more complex shapes with the making of wooden grips for the Dave Goldberg snub-nosed Blade Runner blaster prop. And these grips are going to be milled in a CNC machine instead of 3D-printed!

    Ask Adam Anything: Not Giving Up on Projects

    Every week, Adam takes a question from the Tested Premium Member community in the comments section below or on social media (tagged #AskAdamSavage) and answers here. This week, Adam talks about his own unfinished projects, how he finds the motivation to continue working on them, and what he turns to when he hits a wall in progressing on a build.

    Model Behavior: Weathering a Model (Space)Ship!

    Plastic model kits often need finishing work to make the models look as good as their source material. This week, Kayte and Norm take on the task of painting a Space Battleship Yamato 2199 snap fit kit, using washes and rust effects to make the spaceship look old and battle-worn. The result is a striking transformation!