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…

On the Shooting Set of Aardman Animations’ Early Man!

Adam Savage steps onto one of the film stages at Aardman Animations, where a complex and detailed miniatures set is ready for stop-motion filming. We learn how puppets are mounted on these sets to make them come alive, one frame at a time. Watch the…

Inside Adam Savage’s Cave: Gods of Egypt Stunt Weapons! – YouTube

It’s like a late Christmas at Adam’s cave as he opens of box of props from the film Gods of Egypt–part of a large collection of costumes and props on auction later this month. These stunt weapons stand up to scrutiny up close, and show…