Ask Adam Savage: How Adam Chooses His Cosplays (Plus a Nathan Fillion Story!)

Publicerades den 15 apr 2021
What comes first for Adam: a desire to be a character or a desire to make the costume? Has Adam ever considered a Firefly inspired One Day Build? Any tips in making costumes that can accommodate eyeglasses? In this excerpt from his March 30, 2021 live stream, Adam answers questions from Tested members Vickie Bligh, Edward Haas and slugbiker about cosplay. Join this channel to support Tested and get access to perks, like asking Adam a question:
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    • Isn't Adam just the most voracious source of seemingly unintentional life based commentary? I mean clearly there is the constant tidbits of maker knowledge, but the simple sage-like perspective of knowing more about yourself through the processes of his and other's creations.... Thanks! I am a student far removed, but ever present in your temple of wisdom.

    • Hi Adam good stuff man very entertaining learning alot here keep the videos coming

  • "...Wil Wheaton introduced us." In ANY other story, THAT would be the story.

  • If you don't have old glasses or your prescription has changed you can get glasses online for pretty cheap. I get mine at Zenni optical. Bonus to getting new ones, you can try and get a pair with the lens in the shape you want.

  • I feel like if most people were to tell a story in which they were introduced to a celebrity BY a celebrity, it would sound snooty or like braggadocio. Adam's telling is just to use that to set up the more interesting part of the story, involving Nathan Fillion being a cool guy and Adam and his wife having a fun experience. Awesome!

  • If I may, I think the perfect one day build inspired by Firefly would be a full metal Vera replica, it is after all Jayne's very favourite gun

  • Adam, It is my understanding that the Gort costume from "The Day the Earth Stood Still" was actually two costumes, one which laced up the back and another white laced up the front. This was to preserve the illusion that Gort was seamless. Do you believe a seamless Gort costume could be achieved with modern techniques and materials?

  • You *don't* want to be Arthur?? But...but... It's *good* to be the King! 😆

  • hi! what happened to the Velociraptor build? I can't find the videos anywhere

  • Use zenni or 39$ glasses site to get larger lenses or other spares cheap if you don't have some laying around.

  • The day Wil Wheaton introduced Adam Savage to Nathan Fillion... Now there's a Geek-gasm!

  • There exist clip-in frames and glasses for firefighting scba masks, they should be pretty easy to adapt to a costume. I currently use them with Dräger Panorama Nova and fps 7000 (Not an Ad, just a search starting point). Not the most beautiful ones but they do the job. Also the frames are huge so they could maybe be big enough to be not visible behind some helmet parts

  • You could buy a pair of cheap frames + lenses from somewhere like Zenni to deconstruct and put in your cosplays. $15-25 for the ability to see in your costumes doesn’t seem so bad haha

  • I wonder if Adam has ever thought about Laser Eye Surgery?

  • My opinion, as little as it matters, is that Adam breaking it down how it feels for most cosplayers when they get into character. That is my opinion.

  • Get gas mask inserts in your prescription. Those fit in a lot of masks.

  • Whether you want to do it or not, you would make a decent Jayne Cobb.

  • I think my favorite Ask Adam Savage videos are the ones that include a story about a celebrity that he's met. I could just imagine Nathan Fillion asking "Do you want to dance all night?" with that characteristic very straight face when asking something awkward or absurd. However I think my favorite story of Adam encountering another celebrity is the one of him meeting Robin Williams. Where Adam was working in the craft department and Robin Williams came over and struck up a conversation and then they got to talking about coked up dolphins because of a recent coast guard drug bust, etc. And Adam mentions at the point he was awe struck was then he realized that Robin Williams is doing comedy for him, alone. And what an amazingly friendly and lovely person he was. Adam's incredible skill set his really blessed him with a life of fantastic encounters.

  • I did not know plastic prescription lenses were a thing

  • It's a TRAP!

  • This was great to listen to! :D Thank you

  • I appreciate the tip about the glasses

  • I cosplayed at a Halloween party as Adam Savage using an old leather jacket of my dad’s and a fedora that I bought at an outdoor gear store. The following year I planned to cosplay as Jamie, complete with bald cap, but the bald cap broke on me, so I went as ‘hairy’ Jamie, Jamie’s unknown twin.

  • Johnny Depp was born to play Jack Sparrow.

  • Adam needs cosplaying pince-nez

  • If you need affordable lenses for a costume, get swimming goggles. Speedo has them for around $25.

  • Is it just me or is the camera being weird? Looks a bit blurry

  • I wish to god somebody would do a good model of serenity. Maybe like 1/72 w lots of detail, and ready to light.

  • All that I have to say with Admiral Ackbar in the background - "IT'S A TRAP!" Apologies...

  • 𝐂𝐥𝐢𝐜𝐤 𝐇𝐞𝐫𝐞 ➜ 》》 𝙊𝙣𝙡𝙮 𝘼𝙙𝙪𝙡𝙩 《《 在整個人類歷史上,強者,富人和具有狡猾特質的人捕食部落,氏族,城鎮,城市和鄉村中的弱者,無`'守和貧窮成員。然而,人類的生存意願迫使那些被拒絕,被剝奪或摧毀的基本需求的人們找到了一種生活方式,並繼續將其DNA融入不斷發展的人類社會。 說到食物,不要以為那些被拒絕的人只吃垃圾。相反,他們學會了在被忽視的肉類和蔬菜中尋找營養。他們學會了清潔,切塊,調味和慢燉慢燉的野菜和肉類,在食品市場上被忽略的部分家用蔬菜和肉類,並且學會了使用芳香的木煙(如山核桃,山核桃和豆科灌木 來調味食物煮的時候%^%^ 1618613238

  • adam needs to make a mandalorian costume

  • I have corrective lenses in my VR headset

  • I can totally sympathize. I'm blind as a rock without my glasses, only I'd need a current prescription to pull that trick off.

  • I think they use dry erase to mark pupils, not permanent markers.

  • Optometrist here. Don#t forget, that also the distance from your eyes to the lens is crucial, once your cross the 4,0 dpt line. Minus or Plus makes no difference, but you should try to fit the lenses at the same distance from your eyes that they had in your glasses. And yes, i mean in mm exact!

  • now i feel the need to re-binge Firefly

  • I would love to see you as Wash a la Firefly. You could totally pull this off.

  • Regarding the glasses. Remember that if you're astigmatic, the rotation of the lens is also critical to get right.

  • I'd love to see Adam do a Big Daddy suit from Bioshock

  • I have seen the video with the mark 2 Iron man titan suit , it s so cool . its bullet proof like the film one. Will you at some point paint the titan suit to make it look like the film modell? Or maybe paint it in your own style?

  • When I worked in a navy shipyard as a painter they made me a set of lenses in a wire holder that fit inside the fullface respiratory. Not sure of the name but it's a common use item.

  • *what fan made films based on actual movies have you seen (if any) that have impressed you the most? there is a one called Slice of Life that takes place within the Blade Runner Universe that is quite good and of course there is Prelude to Axanar*

  • Love Nathan Fillion, he is my number one gay celeb crush; him and NPH. Both are super handsome and seem just amazingly cool people.

  • “The Power Of Cosplay Compels You”

  • How about Jayne Cobb (If talkin about Firefly) cosplay with "Vera" and, of course, the HAT 😆

    • "Theres a man whos not afraid of anything".

    • A Vera one day build... Or the hat one day build.

  • Adam, I do see Admiral Ackbar lurking in the background, there? Mon calamari cosplay soon?

  • Ah, Will Wheaton, all great stories start with Will Wheaton.

  • Nathan Fillion? Is that the guy who squashes other peoples eyes with his thumbs?

  • In a world where no one you might look up to survives scrutinizing (we are all, after all, humans with flaws), it's really nice to hear Nathan Fillian is actually a nice person. Thanks for the story about him!

  • Anyone else having sound issues here?

  • I have a couple of suggestions about the issues with your eyesight. Get your eyes fixed even if you still need corrective lenses part of the time, you won't regret it and find someone who makes custom lenses to fit your costumes. Love the stories that go along with the builds.

    • I thiink I read that a celebrity famous for wedding glasses (maybe Drew Carey) got his eyes fixed, but he kept the glasses as they were part of his image. When he turned 40 he started needing bifocals to read, so he needed the glasses anyway.

  • Have you ever built a tri-dimensional chess set from Star Trek? My friend, and I are wanting to build one, we're not sure how to go about it though.

  • Is this a reupload?

  • Please, please, please make a one day build for the painting of that Serenity model.

  • Finish Raptor!!

  • That glasses idea is fantastic 👌

  • The long answer to Jamie's question "what is it with you and all the costumes?"

    • Cue Jamie in his Luke Skywalker wig. 😂

  • This may be stupid but wouldn’t a dry erase pen work better than a sharpie?

  • Watch out it’s a trap 😂 we need to know more why he’s there please.

  • He looks like he has a health bar over his head lol

  • I was wondering about the raptor project. I went to look for them and they are all gone. Does anyone know why, it was/is a really awesome project and I would really like to see the finished work. I hope that they weren't removed or deleted for some reason. If anyone knows what is happening could you please comment and let me know. Sorry if this is annoying or if it was already mentioned.

  • "Tend to not like playing villains" and I INSTANTLY imagine you as Ming the Merciless Ruler of the Universe!!!

  • 💙I love your video's 💙

  • Am I the only one who has noticed admiral Ackbar in the background...

  • Is Kylo Ren a villain?

  • I loved seeing you make the Kylo neck piece and Han’s belt and blaster 💖

  • Adam's mention of his King Arthur armor is how I feel about my Revenge of the Sith Anakin costume. I would gladly just wear it all the time, but I think Jedi Knights might have a bit comfier clothes than Knights of the Round Table!

  • It’s a trap!

  • Was it just me, or everytime Adam said 'compels me' I thought 'the power of Christ?' :D

  • when it comes to cosplay and glasses since i've worn them all my life and i too have an issue with contacts and being unable to wear them. i got the low profile sports versions the goggle type. you can pretty easily incorporate them into about 90% of the cosplays out there

  • I definitely understand wanting to be in a universe. Personally when it comes to a future where space travel is common. Both Star Wars and Star Trek are good and I like both for what they are, I feel that although it's never been translated to film David Webber's books make The Honorverse feel like it's based more in reality atleast where space travel is concerned. Ships have gravity plating and can't stop on a dime. The only real ranged weapons are missles with short life Xray lasers that are powered by nuclear reactor bombs. Close in weapons are ultra powerful Xray lasers that use artificial gravity to form the lens so are called Grazers. Defensive armaments are small milssles that like the ships use an artificial gravity fields for insane acceleration rates to destroy incoming missles solely with said gravity field an high powered lasers for close in point defense to destroy or incapacitate missles. The ships are enormous compared to a wet navy. Armor is meters thick and the powerful Xray lasers of missles a the Grazers don't burn holes they rip into ships the effect is instantaneous and explosive. A whole deck is dedicated to the computers that control the ships and also provide fire control solutions for both offensive and defensive weaponry. If you can't tell I very much want to see a movie franchise based on this universe. I would like to see the main protagonist of the universe but casting her might be a problem. But any movie based there and the story of the solar system and it's space navy would still be very acceptable without her.

  • What a clever idea about putting old glasses lenses in helmets!

  • Adam Savage, Nathan Fillion, and Will Wheaton!!! That’s my type of party. Invite Kari, and I’m in heaven!!!

  • OMG, I can’t believe I never considered using old glasses for a mask! You have changed Halloween for ever! 😳 Thank you!

    • I hot-glued a pair into a Guy Fawkes mask (a hard one, not some cheap thin plastic one) for a killer V costume this last Halloween. It worked like gangbusters.

  • the buzzing makes it hard to listen to with headphones :(

  • 10:13 "wait right there" - like I'm going to leave in the middle of your video?

  • 📌 18 + -S`E'X'--D'A"T'ING-------- Here ➭ XCLUB.CYOU/JRRBAT 4:05 √™ Lorsqu'une pilule qui donne aux utilisateurs cinq minutes de super pouvoirs inattendus arrive dans les rues de √™ Когда таблетка, дающая пользователям пять минутнеожиданных сверхспособностей, попадает на улицы Нового Орлеана, торговец-подросток и местный полицейскийогда таблетка

  • Thanks, Adam for your insightful answers.

  • I saw Nathan Fillion in the title and was magnetized to the video. He’s one of my favorite actors. I cry every time I remember that he could’ve been Nathan Drake but they chose Tom Holland.

    • @aserta Terrible comparison. I've gone to plenty of restaurants that had amazing main courses and the occasional crap sided. Guess what I do- I don't order the sides and get an amazing steak by itself. Either way, I agree about Fillion being too old at the time and especially now, but there are plenty of examples of movies being carried by the lead, and just as many that aren't. And examples where you have a great ensemble, but shit writing ruins the movies. I think tom holland will be a solid drake and could easily grow into the roll.

    • He's too old. Had the parent company had hairs in their heads, they would've used him right off the bat, they didn't. Tom Holland is both young, and a youth. There's one more thing. A great movie isn't about who gets chosen as first role, it's about who gets chosen as the support characters. So you best hope they find good characters for the supporting cast, because even if it where Fillion, the movie would suck. Think about it as food. You could have the best ever made piece of meat ever cooked by man, but if it's served with crushed salty chips as the dish...

    • @RoliTheOne I came to the replies to give this link too and I can only imagine the joy you felt watching this video.

    • @DiekeDrake Here:

    • Wait what?!

  • Yep, I built my pair of steam punk goggles with an old pair of lenses I kept from an old pair of glasses. I then put some reading lenses in pivots to drop down in front to accommodate the bifocals that I need now. I love them! Especially with the matching COVID mask.

  • Even if Adam's talking about something I'm not interested in, I still enjoy his enthusiasm.


  • Does anyone know if you can refresh a can of Barge Cement? My can is about 1/2 full... but it's getting THICK. I bet Adam knows a trick...

  • 📌 18 + -S`E'X'--D'A"T'ING-------- Here ▶️▶️ XXCLUB.CYOU/FNVHCT 1:00 √™ Lorsqu'une pilule qui donne aux utilisateurs cinq minutes de super pouvoirs inattendus arrive dans les rues de √™ Когда таблетка, дающая пользователям пять минутнеожиданных сверхспособностей, попадает на улицы Нового Орлеана, торговец-подросток и местный полицейскийогда таблетка, дающая пользователям пять минут

  • Adam should look at online glasses sellers like zenni optical. You can get glasses for as cheap as 9 bucks, so incorporating glasses into cosplay doesn't have to break the bank... Also just getting glasses period doesn't have to.

    • The only problem with them is my vision is so bad that yes, the glasses are 9 bucks, but the lenses are an extra 300 bucks.

  • That's what I call a vice admiral.

  • Not a cosplayer, but Adam really got me interested in the process in which cosplayers design and execute their cosplay.

  • You could probably do a good Wash cosplay!

    • Lol i can see it. Slightly goofy but enthusiastic....(and no dig on him, im very goofy but pessimistic.)

  • Can you imagine an apprenticeship with Adam Savage?

  • What is going on with The Martian suit?

  • Slug Biker should find prescription eyeglass goggle inserts for activities like skiing and motorcycling. They snap right into standard action sports goggles; such goggles could easily be used as the foundation to cosplay masks or the inserts could fit into other sorts of masks.

    • i work in optometry and have cut custom lenses for patients for this kind of application. we have found that its easiest if you pick a very circular frame to cut them to, then you can just remove the arms and weld the remaining frame into your helmet (or any other means of attaching the frame to the inside of a helmet) generally i would remove lenses before doing anything with the frame since glues can damage them beyond repair.

    • Prescription swimming glasses.

    • That is useful information, thanks. I am considering a return to motorcycling after thirty years only driving cars.

    • @Lowell Martin apparently they're popular with people riding dirt bikes.

    • Didn't think about those as I used a full face helmet and I never skied or another sport needing goggles. Except paintball but those were OTG.

  • You are part of my childhood, greatings from argentina uwuwuuwuw

  • If you were going to play a villain, who would interest you most? Zorg perhaps? Or maybe a predator?

  • Hi everybody

  • Love seeing Nathan cos-playing as Mal in 'Castle' -

  • heads up tested audio editor, something went wrong on this one

  • you made as star lord costume when was that

  • Thank you for all that you have done for science for the curious, doing what you love and always sharing it with like minds. The world needs more people like you.

  • You should try to do the Lego Serenity that was rejected from Lego Ideas (way too many bricks, highly unstable, and not “kid friendly” at the time, of course now they’re ok with “Lego for Adults” 🤷‍♂️ ) It’s a great build, and it’s fun to try to make it less unstable without cheating.

    • a long time ago a friend and i sent a letter to lego sayin they should do star wars models. their reply was, we dont take ideas from children.

  • Adam is living the life i would love to live.

    • 'After Wil Wheaton introduced me to Nathan Filion...'

    • Then start living it. Today.

  • Hi Adam, I don't know if you read these comments, but I was wondering if you ever answer questions here on youtube? Because I have one... Would you take more pride in making something original or recreating something precisely that has already been made? Regardless, thank you for being an inspiration.

    • @Mark Pendragon Yeah, that requires money which some people like myself don't have spare. But nice for people that do I guess.

    • One of the perks of becoming a Patreon of the show is to ask questions, which get answered by Adam in videos like this one.