Adam Savage’s Gorgeous Great Wall Armor!

Adam Savage’s Gorgeous Great Wall Armor!


Adam Savage from tested here in my cave
and in front of me is one of my favorite kinds of packages to get oh there’s a
lot of packages that I covet and love getting but this is one of the best
because it’s from our friends at prop store they are about to have an auction
that includes tons of armor from the film the great wall by the incredible
Chinese director Zhang EMU who directed hero and House of Flying Daggers this
film has tremendous amounts of art direction that goes so deep it would
actually kind of bend your mind our friends at wet a workshop actually
did over a thousand separate designs to construct six thousand separate prop
pieces for this film that were handled and used and interacted with by over
five hundred extras yeah when you’re talking about this film you’re talking
about a scale that is kind of unimaginable however out of all that
tremendous creativity and ingenuity and beauty comes some incredible film props
and in here is one that you and I will get to witness for the first time
together love the possibilities these packages
represent okay that seems like I’m gonna go out on a limb and guess that that’s a
shield oh yay okay there’s one piece oh it’s heavy there’s another oh it’s like helmet now
is that yep that’s everything okay okay we’ll save the helmet for last because
it’s gonna be the coolest thing look at these giant Ziploc baggies man it’s set
a world record sandwich okay that lives there everything’s wrapped in white
linen that’s archival oh look at these I think
these are yeah some kind of shin guard gaiters yeah that’s what those are okay
place those like that oh oh oh I sense a boot or two yep look at this that is
entirely custom again for movies you often see things that are like it looks
custom but it’s an off-the-shelf item that they modified these don’t look like
that these look like they’re entirely custom which is impressive Oh beautiful
oh man look at this this is a jacket but look at that beautiful
whatever this is it’s super soft but it doesn’t look soft it actually looks like
almost like metal plates or studs even but I can’t even tell you they’re like
it’s actually soft these textures are fantastic I mean all of this meant to
add visual tapestry to every scene Wow gorgeous
alright so that’s a jacket and I think I said no no no there’s more in here
oh goodness okay I think these are gonna be pants I’m just gonna guess yep okay
jacket and pants all right I’m guessing that I correctly opened the
undergarments and shoes and boots first and now here that’s a skirt oh my god
sounds great looks great look at this look at this triangular male and this is
a looks like to me like a good god it’s practical and by that I mean it looks
like a bunch of mm triangular pieces in a tessellated array it’s at the current
term and then with wire holding it together and it really is these are all
separate pieces this isn’t this is not cast monolithically it is assembled like
this these are also done the same way each as a separate piece my mind is
bending under the load of the craftsmanship here Wow okay
there’s that and oh here comes the Oh what a piece what so that connects that to that oh this is
all actually pretty clearly straightforward as to how it goes
these are the pauldrons and they’re cast in a resin and then finished and I mean
just so here you can see this is production used because this piece has
been scratched up and you can see some of the translucent white resin
underneath but the moment you see the white resident and then you start to be
able to see just how many colors there are in here this isn’t just sprayed gold
these are sprayed gold with a little bit of red there’s little bronze going on
there’s some black wash and some of the small places there’s like at least four
or five colors going on and as I am always fond of pointing out the more
colors you add the more depth you get we’re gonna get dressed very soon oh there are so many beautiful battle
scenes in this film and they are really particularly incredible when you see all
the armor and you see all the different factions in there are in there similar
armors I mean they made hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of suits oh it’s
so pretty oh look at that they don’t oh there we
go I see so that did that this piece is
worth calling out for a second not just because if it’s incredible execution but
also because of its design and how it fits into the overall frame of the
picture zengi MU is famous for his use of color of hyper vibrant color
separating out ideas and themes and his films each of the factions that are
fighting in the Great Wall have different color schemes and so it
wasn’t up to wet adjust to make 6000 shields they had to make shields in
different categories to symbolize each of the groups that would be using this
is the tiger core and there would be different shields for each of the others
and we’re going to cover those untested as well but then the closer you get the
more the detail rewards the careful eye that you get to see that this was meant
to be thrown and they are thrown in the film so it’s like a buzz saw but as you
look up close you can see these battle scars across this one of the things they
were clear about on this film was that they didn’t want the extras holding
cheap versions of what the hero actors were holding and so everyone was given
props and materials that had weight and had the physical veracity to it so this
is heavy this is like I don’t need to method act
to feel like this is gonna protect me and wet a workshop and all the other
costume makers but what a workshop specifically Richard Taylor talked to us
about how he engineered different types of urethane rubbers with different
hardnesses depending upon what prop it would be used for so this is a fairly
rigid urethane which seems to have a soft internal all of this is engineering
and chemical problem-solving that companies like what I have to do for a
project like this even though the final result looks like it’s made out of metal
it has to be soft so it doesn’t start hurting actors oh just beautiful again I mean this mix
of new materials like soft resins and polyuria x’ along with old materials
like the leather and satin and the ways in which this thing is bordered and it’s
just gorgeous stunning stunning work okay
yeah I think that’s all the parts and pieces let’s get dressed all right ha ha
like a glove seriously these boots fit so well I
could wear them around all day these are the raps for my hands now they
look like they’re wrapped around but in fact to save time
they’re simply sewn that way that is really beautiful
that’s really let’s lovely efficiency in the filmmaking process right there one
of the things that’s really clear as we’re doing this together is actually
how easy they made the process this is on a film if you’ve got 500 extras to
dress you don’t want it to take an hour per extra you want to be able to get
everyone dressed in a fairly short order so with a good costume team you know you
want everyone to have their coffee and then get ready to ready to film you got
to pull a little harder a little harder that’s it right there good yeah awesome
yep okay okay now normal definitely needs your help for this yeah so that
goes to there and then the buckle from the fat set it’s actually quite comfortable I could
spend all day in this it’s actually not bad at all right yeah yeah oh yeah here
let me just okay I know my glasses are on brand but this suit is like pushing
them into my head so I’m gonna pull them out there we go
a rare ginger member of the tiger Corps lesser-known background extra oh oh yeah
here we go there we go here it is ladies and gentlemen oh it feels good it looks
good what more did you ask from a piece of
costume ah the craftsmanship on this thing it’s
magnificent these Greaves right here from up close
they completely look as close as you want to look like hammered brass
carefully etched by craftspeople it is in fact a hard rubber urethane carefully
treated with multiple paints and vacuu mentalization and metallic paint
treatments and weathering and it’s super comfortable this whole suit doesn’t
weigh more than maybe 15 kilograms at the most spread out across my body made
mostly of rubber and leather moves well I could see if I was outdoors on a hot
day this could become unpleasant but it is beautiful
ah what an incredible addition to my armor collection last thing I want to
tell you is that the auction for suits just like this one and a hundred and
fifty other suits of armor is up right now at prop store.com go get yourself
one of these you

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