Adam Savage with Starchild replica

FX guru Adam Savage just birthed that creepy space baby from 2001: A Space Odyssey

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Sep 28, 2018

Special effects genius Adam Savage has just gone beyond the infinite. He might have been one of those rare people not freaked out by the humanoid space baby floating around at the end of 2001: A Space Odyssey, because he was able to look at this thing long enough to recreate it.

Savage just had to have a replica of this creature, originally dreamed up by Arthur C. Clarke and Stanley Kubrick. After astronaut David Bowman dies among historically inaccurate Earth artifacts in an alien bedroom, the Starchild is supposed to symbolize some sort of cosmic rebirth that fast-forwards human destiny into the future — at least that’s what Stanley Kubrick wanted everyone to believe in a 1969 interview.

Because Savage felt his personal prop collection needed Kubrick’s embryonic nightmare, he went stalking the original, which has been touring the planet in exhibits for several years. These exhibits gave him an opportunity to do some exhaustive photography sessions, taking pictures from every imaginable angle to make sure he had every dimension and detail down to provide accurate reference material to sculptor Steve Neill, who fortunately didn’t run screaming.

Neill began to create the Starchild in the flesh by sculpting it and casting the sculpt in fiberglass. Kayte Sabicer of Adam Savage’s Tested primed, sanded, and smoothed it before its “skin” was painted on (Benjamin Moore Fresh Peach, if you were wondering). To put the glow in those chilling baby blues, Savage and Tested’s Jeremy Williams used a giant battery and a servo to make the eyes able to move in the creepiest way possible. Even scarier is that they will be able to run for about a month before being recharged.

What exactly will Savage be doing with this embryonic terror? No one really knows, besides keeping it in his collection as a tribute to the pure, unadulterated horror of 2001’s bizarre ending, but he should keep an extra eye out just in case it starts floating around on its own.

(via io9)

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