Color Grading a Short Film with the Blackmagic Micro Panel!

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…

Inside LAIKA Studios Exhibition at Comic-Con 2018!

We take a tour of LAIKA Live, the incredible exhibition of LAIKA Studios’ stop-motion film props, puppets, and miniatures at this year’s Comic-Con. Norm and Kayte go behind the scenes to chat with LAIKA modelmakers and animators to learn about their process and get up…

What’s Needed in Space Robots? Offworld episode 8: WALL-E

This week on Offworld, we revisit the classic Pixar film WALL-E, and chat with roboticists from NASA and Softbank Robotics about the development of robots for use in space. What about the portrayal of space robots in WALL-E did we like, and what would apply…

How Could Alien Communication Work? Offworld episode 6: Arrival

This week on Offworld, we look at the science fiction film Arrival and its depiction of communication with alien life! Ariel is joined by cognitive neuroscientist Dr. Teon Brooks and Dr. Douglas Vakoch, President of METI (Messaging Extraterrestial Intelligence) to discuss how we might try…

James Bond “Moonraker” Prop Collection!

We meet Alan Stephenson, who has one of the largest private collections of James Bond memorabilia and film props. Alan shares with us a selection of his original props and filming miniatures from Moonraker, showing off the beautiful production design and practical effects aesthetic of…

Inside Adam Savage’s Cave: Ghost in the Shell Props!

Adam geeks out over his new props and costumes from the film Ghost in the Shell! We get a close look at the custom tactical gear made for the actors, including Saito’s field costume, as well as beautiful Hanka props from the Yakuza club seen…

Storyboarding a Stop-Motion Animated Film

Stop-Motion Animation isn’t just about puppets–traditional 2D artists visualize the action of the film with storyboards. We chat with one of Aardman’s storyboard artists to learn how fast they work to create a rough sketch version of the film most people will never see. Watch…

Offworld, Episode 2: Sunshine (2007)

On this episode of Offworld, we revisit the Danny Boyle science fiction film Sunshine, in which a crew is sent to reignite the Sun. We’re joined by astrophysicist and Professor of Astronomy Gibor Basri to discuss the science of the film and which parts hold…

Designing the Stop-Motion Sets of Aardman Animation’s Early Man!

Even though a stop-motion animated film is shot at a smaller-than-life scale, the sets and environments that need to be built for its clay characters can still be massive. Adam Savage enters the production design room at Aardman Animations to learn how Early Man’s sets…

Organizing a Stop-Motion Film Production at Aardman Animations

Adam Savage visits Aardman Animations, where the studio is in production for its new film Early Man. A stop-motion film production requires many departments to work together to film dozens of scenes concurrently–so how is all of this organized? In chatting with Early Man’s first…