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Category: Sci-Fi: Film & Animation

Adam Savage’s One Day Builds: Chewbacca and C-3PO!

Adam Savage is a world-class Star Wars nerd and a particularly big fan of Chewbacca. Here is another clip from Tested with Adam proving his building prowess and this time around, Adam improves his Star Wars props by revamping his Chewie costume to carry an animatronic C-3PO, as depicted in The Empire Strikes Back.  

The Creature and Special Effects of Alien: Covenant!

Tested and Adam Savage visits the massively built sets of Alien: Covenant. He chats with visual effects supervisor Neil Corbould about the resurgence of practical effects to complement CGI effects in blockbuster filmmaking. Adam also gets up close with some familiar Alien universe props in the creature fabrication workshop.  

Watch David Fincher Direct an Animatronic Bishop in Alien 3

Alien 3 celebrates its 25th anniversary this month, and to celebrate, the Oscar-winning effects house ‘studioADI’ present this gem from deep within the VHS vault. Footage from the prep and rehearsals of the Bishop puppet shoot complete with direction from David Fincher. Despite the aged quality of the video, it’s still an interesting watch demonstrating …

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Nerdist: Why Every Movie Space Battle Is Wrong!

Nerdist explains why most epic space battles on the big screen, from Star Wars to Star Trek and a ton of others are all inaccurate. And then goes on to explain what a space battle in the real world would really look like. From the space ships involved, communication between the combatants, to the sound …

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Alien Covenant’s Armor, Weapons, and Blood Effects!

Tested is on the set of the upcoming Alien: Covenant. Adam Savage learns about the array of prop guns and knives used in filming by production armorist John Bowring! Adam then stops by the breakaway effects department to see how the various alien, human, and synthetic blood and fluids are made and used to great …

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Caltech: The Science Behind “The Expanse”

Caltech and JPL researchers, and the cast and creators of “The Expanse” explore the real science behind Syfy’s hit series. Moderated by Robert Hurt. From Caltech/JPL: Jessie Christiansen, Bethany Ehlmann, Bobak Ferdowsi, Philip Hopkins From The Expanse: Shohreh Aghdashloo, Cas Anvar, Wes Chatham, Ty Franck, Naren Shankar Produced in association with Caltech Academic Media Technologies. …

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Adam Savage Behind the Scenes of Alien: Covenant!

Adam Savage visits the production of Alien: Covenant to learn how Ridley Scott and his creative collaborators bring us back into the Alien universe. In this first episode of our behind-the-scenes series, Adam tours the massive set of the Dreadnought as it’s being built, painted, and weathered to life by the production team in preparation …

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40 Years of Star Wars Panel | Star Wars Celebration 2017 Orlando

40 Years of Star Wars Panel including appearances by George Lucas, Kathleen Kennedy, Dave Filoni, Liam Neeson, Ian McDiarmid, Hayden Christensen, Samuel L. Jackson, John Williams, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Billie Lourd, Billy Dee Williams, Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford.  

Generation Tech: The real size of star wars ships explained

There is a lot of cool starships in Star Wars. In this clip, Generation Tech investigates them a little closer, showing us how big they are. Including the biggest of the biggest starships starting with the millennium falcon, to the imperial class star destroyer all the way to the death star and we’ll compare to …

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Arrival – Making Of – Oblique FX

Oblique FX has released this clip in which they show how the visual effects were created for the awesome sci-fi movie Arrival.  

How Rogue One Created Princess Leia, Grand Moff Tarkin

In the ongoing Star Wars chronology, Rogue One takes place just before the events depicted in the original 1977 Star Wars movie — A New Hope. To connect the two films, the new installment includes several characters who figure prominently in A New Hope — among them, Peter Cushing’s villainous Grand Moff Tarkin and a …

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SyFy: THE EXPANSE | Season 2: The Expanse, Expanded with Adam Savage

Adam Savage takes us behind the scenes of the sci-fi TV show ‘The Expanse’ and gives us a look into Season 2! The Expanse is based on the popular New York Times bestselling book series collectively known as The Expanse, written by Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck (under the pen name James S. A. Corey), …

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NASA: Passengers to an Exoplanet

NASA is looking beyond our solar system for potentially habitable planets around other stars. Actors Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt, who play interstellar travelers from the movie “Passengers,” talk about NASA’s search for a home away from home.  

Tested: Adam Savage Tours Peter Jackson’s Movie Prop Collection!

Adam Savage visited Peter Jackson in his cave–his world-class collection of props Earlier this year. Filled with costumes and cinema artifacts that inspired Jackson as a young filmmaker and continue to inspire him today. Adam and Peter examine a prop you may recognize: the faceplate for the Hal 9000 computer from 2001: A Space Odyssey. …

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Star Trek Legends Wish The Series A Happy 50th Anniversary

Starfleet’s own William Shatner (Captain James T. Kirk), Brent Spiner (Data), Jeri Ryan (Seven of Nine/Annika Hansen), Michael Dorn (Worf (wo’rIv)), and Scott Bakula (Captain Jonathan Archer) offer greetings for the golden jubilee.  

NASA: Comic-Con 2016 Panel: “Star Trek & NASA Boldly Go”

NASA and Star Trek have been connected, directly and indirectly, since Star Trek: The Original Series premiered in September 1966. While the TV show featured large ships voyaging to stars far away on five year missions, NASA was only beginning stretch humanity’s presence beyond Earth. When Star Trek premiered on Sept. 8, 1966, astronauts Pete …

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Films That Rock: Aliens | 2016 Comic Con Full Panel

Watch the Full Panel for “Aliens: 30th Anniversary” from the 2016 San Diego Comic Con. With James Cameron, co-producer Gale Ann Hurd and stars Sigourney Weaver (Ripley), Bill Paxton (Hudson), Michael Biehn (Hicks), Lance Henriksen (Bishop), Paul Reiser (Burke), and Carrie Henn (Newt). ‘Everybody showed up’: James Cameron on the special bond of the ‘Aliens’ …

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NASA: Q&A With the Stars of STAR TREK: BEYOND

The stars of the new Star Trek movie, Chris Pine (Captain Kirk) and Zachary Quinto (Spook) sit down to answer NASA trivia questions with Gay Yee Hill of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.    

NASA: ‘Star Trek’ crew meets Space Station crew in live Google Hangout

At 9 a.m. Pacific time Thursday, the filmmakers behind “Star Trek Into Darkness” and a handful of NASA astronauts will come together in a live Google Hangout to discuss how science fiction is becoming a reality. And you can watch it live, right here.   Streaming live video by Ustream