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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Watch Adam Savage Geek Out on the Set of Alien: Covenant

io9.gizmodo.com: In the pantheon of cool movie sets, a Ridley Scott Alien set is right near the top. Here is the man who directed one of the most iconic genre films ever, returning to that world in modern times, and it’s a place on Earth that exists. Sure, most people don’t get to experience it but here’s the next best thing.

5 comments:

Delaney Johnson said...

If only I had a dollar for every time Adam Savage made a cameo in "News from the Real World." Honestly, I don't know what it is, but the Mythbusters star seems to find his way into my weekly comments on a daily basis! That being said, I love Adam Savage, and I think it is always amazing to see someone thrilled by innovation and creative technology. In fact, it is our job as creative makers to forge work that makes people smile or say wow! (and it certainly helps when that person is your childhood hero!) As for the set of Alien: Covenant I am thoroughly impressed. I have never been one for the Alien franchise or space movies in general, but it is hard not to be in awe at the detail and scale of what has been created for the Covenant installment this May. Especially, in a day of green screens and CGI, it is amazing to see such massive sets still made by hand.

David Kelley said...

I honestly more of an Adam Savage fan with his work after Myth Busters, the reason for this is due to the fact that while on Myth Busters you glimpses of his love for the craftsmanship that go into build props and scenery. It was not truely in leashed and in my opinion as readily apparent as it is in his new You Tube series Tested. With test you only get to see glimpses of how different effects are done but Adam makes it a point to highlight the craft that goes into it and as he stated in the video have been a staple of the industry standard for about a hundred years. I think it is honestly pretty damn helpful in showing the lay person the work and skill that go on behind the scenes on all film and theatrical works that if generally done righ transport you to another world and make you believe that the setting isn't ridiculous. For instance you see the set for Aliens Covenant and you don't immediately think "that craftsmanship, how they do that?" you think "shit I'm on some cool futuristic ship." In short it is nice to see Adam being able to put in the spotlight work that generally attempts to kinda avoid it in a way.

nick waddington said...

I remember seeing Ridley Scott's Alien when i was about six or seven and being terrified because of how real it all seemed and asking my parents if an alien was going to burst out of me. at the time it was the scariest movie i had ever seen, but what really interested me was when they went on the expedition on the alien planet, and i thought they really had gone to an alien planet. All of the work that goes on behind the scenes in film to make scenes like those realistic and as life-like as it appears on screen. and you can definitely see Adam's fascination in that same quality throughout his new series tested, and i have loved watching it whenever it pops up on my news feed, or on the green page. I too prefer his work after mythbusters because of how interested he obviously is with craftsmanship in film scenery and props. i loved this article and video, it was a nice view into the world of the modern film industry.

Vanessa Ramon said...

I can very much relate to Adam Savage and the reaction he has to the work that these people are doing. As a kid I was always fascinated by the magic that theatre is able to create and even now as I learn more and more about the secrets that the industry uses, I am just as fascinated if not even more so. The amount of work that each member of a team must commit in order to create such a cool outcome is always admirable. I really like what Adam said when he was watching people add detail to one of the props, he said that they were "giving it a story', which I thing is a really cool way to respect all the work that they put in. It is really cool how Adam Savage can respect the detail that is put into everything that this industry creates.

William N. Lowe said...

I think the really amazing thing coming out of this video is Adam’s design eye. We knew he was a large child who is in love and incredible at McGivering and properties construction; however, his discussion of color and distressing techniques was quite beautiful to see. Also, it really began to get me thinking about film in a way I had never thought about it before and curious as to how the feeling of “completion” in a film sense compares to that of theatre, and how the phases of getting that emotional investment back compares to theatre. I also just think that this the video was put together very well because it tied together Adam’s visit in both his ‘fun-childish’ and ‘artistic’ ways, but also portrayed through Adam’s love for film and the magic of it. I really thing his personal love for film came through in this video he put together.

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