(Hey! Watch me imitate MetaFilter
The TV show Mythbusters
is produced by the mad geniuses at M5 Industries
of San Francisco. It is a special effects company whose technicians have worked on all sorts of commercials and movies
(e.g. a 7-Up robot
, the Geico Gecko's little car
, and the model airplanes that got blown up in Top Gun
). Being both Net-savvy and too busy to give tours of M5, they offer a virtual tour of their facilities
. M5 is run by Jamie Hyneman
, who's the closest MythBusters
has to a straight man, and Adam Savage
, who's a special kind of nuts (and who shows his skills on his own website
). He's built models for A.I.
, the Star Wars
prequels, the second and third Matrix
films, and Galaxy Quest
, among others (some of which can be seen here
). He's been involved in pop culture before, too; he had a small part in the mid-'80s video for Billy Joel's "Only Human (Second Wind)"
(he gets rescued by the lifeguard).
And if you need any more proof that Adam Savage is a good kind of nuts, looky looky: He recently helped re-create the Time Bandits
map! I bow to my fellow geek.(Thanks to smwance for providing the link that started me on this link-collecting spree...)