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Ask Adam Savage: How to Approach Building an Accurate Costume

Is it best to follow a costume requirement list for building one's first costume? If Adam could have a custom sword made to his specifications, what kind of sword would he choose?" In this excerpt from his March 30, 2021 live stream, Adam answers questions from Tested members Tommy Stevens and Ben Campbell about cosplay. Join this channel to support Tested and get access to perks, like asking Adam a question:
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  1. Boot Wheel Wing and Keel

    Boot Wheel Wing and Keel

    11 päivää sitten

    Adam, As someone who has done many different types of cosplay both fictional and historical, do you know of any gatherings or conventions geared towards historical cosplay? For instance, my 11 year old son likes making world war 1 and 2 costumes that are well researched and as accurate as we can achieve based on our budget and skills but are just for fun and not accurate enough for reenactments and would be out of place at sci fi/fantasy cons and ren fairs. Is there anything out there? Should there be?

  2. James Barisitz

    James Barisitz

    14 päivää sitten

    Can't wait for some sketches. ✌

  3. MissOpinicus

    MissOpinicus

    15 päivää sitten

    As a member of the 501st, I find the lists super helpful in keeping track of my costume. Different people will find different things help!

  4. Charles White

    Charles White

    16 päivää sitten

    If I could have one sword designed, it would be Excalibur

  5. Bad Wolf Media

    Bad Wolf Media

    16 päivää sitten

    Having watched enough of Adam's costume and prop creation videos, I'm willing to put any amount of money down to say his work is way beyond accuracy requirements of any costuming group.

    • Dumpinator

      Dumpinator

      16 päivää sitten

      Unfortunatly detailed is not accurate. Some costumes might look amazing and really detailed, but if something isn't the way it is supposed to be it has to be rejected. (And yes, they are that picky)

  6. Daniel Dulu

    Daniel Dulu

    17 päivää sitten

    In the end it has to make you happy. He's good at making it his with alterations that suit him.

  7. dribkram

    dribkram

    17 päivää sitten

    Your thoughts on point of view was incredibly profound. TED Talk kind of stuff.

  8. Tristan Bowman

    Tristan Bowman

    17 päivää sitten

    Me in two years: "Where is the sword Adam?!?!"

  9. Brian Waskow

    Brian Waskow

    17 päivää sitten

    So there are stormtrooper nazi's to make sure you conform to their standards. 🤡

  10. Cole Gamet

    Cole Gamet

    17 päivää sitten

    When are we going to see more on the Velociraptor costume

    • Michael Berthelsen

      Michael Berthelsen

      14 päivää sitten

      We won't. It was taken down, probably due to some IP and other legal reasons. So that entire thing's gone.

  11. Stephen300o

    Stephen300o

    17 päivää sitten

    I'm guessing Dorothy.

  12. Axel Gieck

    Axel Gieck

    17 päivää sitten

    “I’m not gonna tell you what costume it is” hmmm... 2:30 what might it be...? Should I fetch your slippers for you?

  13. charlie9ine

    charlie9ine

    17 päivää sitten

    I don’t replicate costumes. I build them according to the needs of my creative work. The process is similar. Research is the bull work. To the extent that I get fatigued by the research but... I know that the deeper you go into the subject the more ideas you can visualize. Yes, it’s overkill but in the end it separates my work from others.

  14. Digital Gorilla

    Digital Gorilla

    17 päivää sitten

    *Fellow Maker* : What are you thinking about today, Adam? *Adam* : I'm making a Star Wars suit but I'm thinking about sword designs. *FM* : Yeah, I have that condition too 😂❤

  15. Lewis Can't Play

    Lewis Can't Play

    17 päivää sitten

    “those star destroyers are DISABLED!” “IT’S A TRAP!”

  16. Braelyn Wagoner

    Braelyn Wagoner

    17 päivää sitten

    So here's a fun idea thats rolling around my head for the last day or so. I have type 1 diabetes and I use an insulin pump, when I travel anywhere for a few days I need to take all the parts I use to fill it and attach it to myself. I've started think about how to make a case for all of it that looks and works like the med kits from the Predator movies. I would love to hear some ideas if anyone here has any.

  17. SpasticMuse

    SpasticMuse

    17 päivää sitten

    The following isn't about costumes, but about 'making' more generically: more specifically it's about my process making electronics while I was at an independent shop. I came up with this list some time back as a comment on another of Adam's videos, but something about this one reminded me of it so I'll re-post it here again for those who may find meaning, or solace, or a laugh... or just disregard it as the blathering of the idiot I can be. My steps of "making"{mostly electronics}: 0 Have need or problem to solve. 1 Layout solution. Write, sketch, diagram, etc. 2 Evaluate what parts/inventory you have on hand that you can use for what you need. 3 Acquire what you need that you don't have. - 4 Start rough assembly. 5 Evaluate what parts/inventory you have on hand for what you forgot. 6 Acquire what you need that you don’t have. 7 Continue rough assembly. • Is it going well? - Continue. • Is it not going well? - Return to step 2. - 8 Test. (a four letter word) 9 Smile or curse. • Smile?{Rare} - Keep going! • Curse? - Troubleshoot; curse again. Realize the stupid mistake you made and correct. (may require replacing the critical part you needed that is now fried - perhaps the really expensive/hard to find part that the whole project hinges around) Maybe curse again. Find the other simple but really stupid mistake you made. Keep going. 10 Refine - 11 Final assembly! 12 Curse the world for the existence of any technology ever. Troubleshoot. Find the wire/connector that got pinched and dress. Test again, curse again. Probably find the connections you reversed back in step 9 still wrong and correct them AGAIN. Hope that major part survived this time and test. 13 Success? • Yes. Move to next step. • No. Contemplate Harri-Kiri. Realize you don’t have a knife that’d be proper for the job, and you aren’t Japanese so no one would get it anyway. Tear it all apart and find the other connector you managed to plug in one pin off to the left because the PIC labels them weird and that was the problem all along. Test. Repeat until working. Once working, move to next step. - 14 HAPPY DANCE! Proving it was all worth it, technology is grand and accept you are a FREAKING GENIUS!!!!!!!

  18. Shane Shellenbarger

    Shane Shellenbarger

    17 päivää sitten

    Adam, If you were to make a costume of a character who originated in a comic book, and later branched out into comic strips,serials, television, movies, ect, how would you decide which elements would you consider too iconic to change and which elements would you feel moved to change? super man has undergone many tweaks to his costume, but he seems to return to a "standard" look. What would you change / keep?

  19. Alex Ringering

    Alex Ringering

    17 päivää sitten

    If someone had to explain to me why everything I’ve ever believed-about life, the universe, and everything-has been completely wrong, I would want that person to be Adam Savage.

    • Alex Ringering

      Alex Ringering

      17 päivää sitten

      @Peter Kelley I reject your reality...

    • Peter Kelley

      Peter Kelley

      17 päivää sitten

      Not gonna happen!

  20. Jack The bum tickler

    Jack The bum tickler

    17 päivää sitten

    Came for the kinky thumbnail

  21. Alan Kwan

    Alan Kwan

    17 päivää sitten

    Dark Saber!

  22. NLGeebee

    NLGeebee

    17 päivää sitten

    That new costume you don’t want to share just yet… it’s not Admiral Ackbar by any chance? ;)

    • finicky foxx

      finicky foxx

      16 päivää sitten

      Nah, the Admiral Ackbar costume is an old one. It's featured in an earlier video.

  23. The Fishing Experience

    The Fishing Experience

    17 päivää sitten

    Thank you Adam thank you ....👍

  24. Busta Chimes

    Busta Chimes

    17 päivää sitten

    You should collaborate with Alec Steele for your sword

  25. GaryGoat350

    GaryGoat350

    17 päivää sitten

    Yea. I just won’t build a costume then lol

  26. •Δ• Callsign Tallowwood •Δ•

    •Δ• Callsign Tallowwood •Δ•

    17 päivää sitten

    "I'm not gonna tell you what it is" So what's that awfully "it's a trap" mask in the background you got there then aye?

    • Zachary Luna

      Zachary Luna

      17 päivää sitten

      Haha, the Mon Calamari/Ackbar costume is very old and established, one of the first videos on the channel is about it

  27. Sam Powers

    Sam Powers

    17 päivää sitten

    Man... I am all into those reference photos!

  28. IamNickMan

    IamNickMan

    17 päivää sitten

    Yo Adam download an app called PureRef for your reference photos. No downloading needed, just drag the image and drop onto the canvas!

  29. Sigma

    Sigma

    17 päivää sitten

    this advice is such a reinforcement of how i am approaching a cosplay right now. i appreciate youre perspective as a ~veteran in the field so much. love your content, and this video. you are my inspiration for my future

  30. I_Like_Space

    I_Like_Space

    17 päivää sitten

    Hey Adam! Huge and long time fan of yours, grandpa and myself would watch Mythbusters and Battle bots together age's ago. Just a random question though you may not see this or answer but it's worth a shot. Grandpa passed this year and never got to work on what was going to be out latest project, an old jeep. Do you have any experience or tips to reupholster seats/small panels? I could research forums or pay someone to do it but, using a tip from you and doing it myself in my mind does our last project a little more justice. Thanks for your time and love your vids!

    • Peter Kelley

      Peter Kelley

      17 päivää sitten

      I am NOT Adam .... but ... I have seen a number of videos on upholstery that seem to be very well done. You might want to scour FItop for some of those.

  31. Ben Moore

    Ben Moore

    17 päivää sitten

    WOOHOO! Shout out to The Mercs! :) Join us!!

  32. Jerry

    Jerry

    17 päivää sitten

    That thumbnail photo had me on the floor 😂

  33. PARADOX

    PARADOX

    17 päivää sitten

    Hi everybody, hi Adam id like to have that StarLord helmet from Guardians gotta do some research

  34. Raphaga Floresol

    Raphaga Floresol

    17 päivää sitten

    I think I love this lecture, thank you for this wisdom Mr. Savage. All of y'all are brilliant!

    • Raphaga Floresol

      Raphaga Floresol

      16 päivää sitten

      Man, what an experience that would be...

    • Peter Kelley

      Peter Kelley

      17 päivää sitten

      If Adam was a teacher (classroom) I bet this discussion would be in the first week of the class. The first day discussion would be about safety, and what he expect his shop safety level would be.

  35. slescoe

    slescoe

    17 päivää sitten

    Thanks Adam!! I am part of the 501st Legion and a avid cosplayer. I have 3 approved 501st costumes Darth Vader, ROTJ Biker Scout, an Imperial Officer, and a retired Darth Revan. I also have Ant-Man, Star Lord, a original Mandolrian, a Jedi, and and Griffindor "Harry Potter" Robes. I am also making a cosplsy from absolutely scratch for going to Galaxy's Edge and my very first trip to a Disney Park. I have to say the one I am making for Batuu is so much fun because I am getting parts hear and their and putting it together to make one complete costume and it is just so exciting!!

    • Dumpinator

      Dumpinator

      16 päivää sitten

      @slescoe Ah thanks for clarifying!

    • slescoe

      slescoe

      16 päivää sitten

      @Dumpinator to answer your question yes you are allowed to cosplay at Disney World or Disney Land. It is called Disney Bounding their are things with the Star Wars land you are not allowed to do if you are over 14. You can not have a Jedi Robe but you are allowed to have a Jedi Tunic, you are not allowed to have anything that covers your face. You are not allowed to have Weapons (Lightsabers are the expectations) With 501st costumes in the Disney Parks is not allowed unless their is a 501st approved event. Because the Disney Parks do want to mistake us for cast members.

    • Dumpinator

      Dumpinator

      16 päivää sitten

      Are you allowed to cosplay in disney park? I know in general it is forbidden (so they don't have to get in trouble if a cosplayer does something wrong) but I suppose the 501st might be the exception to the rule since I heard they have close connections to lucasfilm?

  36. SmeaGolluMartin

    SmeaGolluMartin

    17 päivää sitten

    Now I'm fascinated by the SAVAGE BLADE

  37. William Colville

    William Colville

    17 päivää sitten

    Adam you are the man!

    • Eye Minor

      Eye Minor

      17 päivää sitten

      No u

  38. Ryan Molzen

    Ryan Molzen

    17 päivää sitten

    Sounds like you should collaborate Alex Steele, whose as you know is a blade smith/blacksmith, who is tending towards being a full on maker eventually. what a fun series that would be!

    • ipodhty

      ipodhty

      17 päivää sitten

      @Michael Hearn also a person who worked at a special effect shop for several decades. A job that requires you to be decent at 10 to 100 of different skills vs being a master at one. Which tbh sounds more fun then only being good at hitting metal with a hammer

    • Zachary Luna

      Zachary Luna

      17 päivää sitten

      @Michael Hearn what's the point of this comment right here, man? What are you trying to accomplish? Shitting on Adam in the comments of his video to...dissuade him from working with a maker that you like? How does that reflect well on you OR on Alec? FItop is not a competition, and Alec is not winning at it. Subscriber counts are not a measure of a person's value, and for what it's worth I think Alec would probably be thrilled to collaborate on a project with Adam if the opportunity presented itself.

    • Michael Hearn

      Michael Hearn

      17 päivää sitten

      Alex is a artisan craftsman and is mastering his trade with 2.2 million subscribers ...Adam is a glorified cos player...with lots of misguided talent...🤣😂🤣🤷🏼‍♂️

  39. Happy Cynic.

    Happy Cynic.

    17 päivää sitten

    Why is Chewie strangling the Angry Video Game Nerd in the thumbnail?

    • Sleeping Ninja quiet time

      Sleeping Ninja quiet time

      17 päivää sitten

      I was so wondering if that was AVGN lol

  40. Sam Schmitt

    Sam Schmitt

    17 päivää sitten

    Adam talking about the sword question reminded me about the suit of armor idea that was drawn by that master armor maker in that series. he should totally make that suit of armor. that armor was incredible in the drawing

  41. David P.

    David P.

    17 päivää sitten

    I was today years old when I learned what a bastard sword is. Thanks, Adam!

    • Stettafire

      Stettafire

      12 päivää sitten

      Ye, you'd generally use them with both hands, but you can still operate it with one. Though two is ideal. While a long sword pretty much must be used with two hands.

    • AndrewBlack343

      AndrewBlack343

      16 päivää sitten

      "hand-and-a-half" is a lot more intuitive name for them.

    • Ben Moore

      Ben Moore

      17 päivää sitten

      AKA The Hand and a Half. Bigger than "regular", but not big enough to be a long sword. A Bastard of the 2. :)

  42. RadicalErin

    RadicalErin

    17 päivää sitten

    I define makers as people who create physical things. If the created items are conceptual, like images, words, or similar, we're probably talking about artists. If the created items are scientific facts, we have a scientist. If the created product is experiential, we're talking about a service or "guide" type situation. There is, of course, a lot of overlap. Art could be described as physical, although it's art because the physical item is not, itself, the point. Food is physical, but the point is the experience. And on, like that.

    • Stettafire

      Stettafire

      12 päivää sitten

      That excludes programmers, which I think is somewhat inaccurate. Programmers are not artists, they're closer to engineers.

  43. jackdoud

    jackdoud

    17 päivää sitten

    Any fan group that has taken the time to assemble information into a guide will be inherently focused on the accuracy of the result. Some groups have levels of accuracy but what's considered an acceptable minimum is entirely subjective. It all comes down to your personal preferences and the amount of resources you want to throw at a project. Fan "requirement" lists can give you a general idea of what a basic level of "accurate" will be for a given project and what it'll cost you to achieve that. From there you can decide how much you want to tone down or how far into the weeds you want to get. Most of the costuming groups main purpose in creating guides is to enforce a level of uniformity of quality so when the group is together in public they appear somewhat cohesive. You could put a lot of effort into making cardboard stormtrooper armor but it just won't hold up to someone with a vaccformed plastic set. Clonetroopers had various canon paint schemes but if you want to do something custom you won't fit in with the group. What it is you're looking to get out of owning and wearing a costume is the most important factor on whether a requirement list will help you.

  44. Rafael Hasthorse

    Rafael Hasthorse

    17 päivää sitten

    Hello crack, when will you place the subtitles in Spanish? in the rest of the world also want to know about you and your great art.

  45. Stuart Tamanaha

    Stuart Tamanaha

    17 päivää sitten

    Trompe-loeil?

  46. Dylan Khadiken

    Dylan Khadiken

    17 päivää sitten

    Nice (;

  47. D L

    D L

    17 päivää sitten

    Who else just started watching Adam's channel and can't stop watching him now.

    • Boose

      Boose

      16 päivää sitten

      I didn't just start but yes, I cannot stop now. I think he put a hex on the channel.

    • Killy

      Killy

      17 päivää sitten

      Been here for years. Welcome.

    • Reed

      Reed

      17 päivää sitten

      I feel like I have watched 10 hours of tested for every one hour of mythbusters i ever saw.

    • Brandon Payne

      Brandon Payne

      17 päivää sitten

      I started about a month ago and I don't know why I've never watched it sooner.

    • The Pendulum

      The Pendulum

      17 päivää sitten

      @Maryln Mcvey No you haven't, Flixzone is a scam, you're a bot, goodbye.

  48. TheGamingGeek

    TheGamingGeek

    17 päivää sitten

    Can’t wait for the Mando costume!

  49. belly tripper

    belly tripper

    17 päivää sitten

    AT 1:04 MARK ""I REJECT MY REALITY AND SUBSTITUTE YOUR OWN!!""

  50. Andy Skibba

    Andy Skibba

    17 päivää sitten

    Such a great question. Always a struggle to determine how accurate to build.

  51. Bryan Flores

    Bryan Flores

    17 päivää sitten

    Adam #1

  52. alsuddah

    alsuddah

    17 päivää sitten

    fitop.info/build/videot/XY_ThrzLxZuZmKc

  53. Zack Schultz

    Zack Schultz

    17 päivää sitten

    Love you been watching used for years give made me want a building gout doors in that my garage and do more stuff so thank you for being a big encouragement

  54. WILLIAME TUTTLE

    WILLIAME TUTTLE

    17 päivää sitten

    Hi

    • Stettafire

      Stettafire

      12 päivää sitten

      @first nsme my lastname It's just some arsehole that replies to a bunch of comments on various channels in all caps.

    • WILLIAME TUTTLE

      WILLIAME TUTTLE

      17 päivää sitten

      Lol

    • New Beginnings in Life

      New Beginnings in Life

      17 päivää sitten

      @WILLIAME TUTTLE I believe yu just sent that guy over the edge over the word, "Hi". 😆

    • WILLIAME TUTTLE

      WILLIAME TUTTLE

      17 päivää sitten

      How you have said more than me so you are technically better than me

    • belly tripper

      belly tripper

      17 päivää sitten

      @WILLIAME TUTTLE PLEASE TEACH ME TYPING LESSONS. MY TYPING SKILLS ARE GARBAGE COMPARED TO YOURS.

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