Wolfman Productions is proud to present the hosts of Beyond Productions' and The Discovery Channel's quirky new science and technology television series, MythBusters!
MythBusters takes a light-hearted look at modern misconceptions and the bizarre claims of Urban Legends. However this series doesn’t just retell the stories… it puts them to the test!
Can six packs of Pop Rocks and six cans of soda make your stomach explode? Is it possible to get stuck on an airplane toilet? What happens when you strap a JATO rocket to the roof of a ’67 Chevy Impala? Each episode investigates three legends, but there’s a catch… some of the stories aren’t Myths at all.
Simply put, Adam Savage makes stuff. He's constructed everything from spaceships to Buddhas, from puppets to rifles, from sculptures to toys ... and just about anything else imaginable.
Adam's fascination with creating things started when he began building his own toys at age 5, and he hasn't stopped since. He's served as an animator, graphic designer, stage and interior designer, carpenter, welder and scenic painter, and he's worked in everything from metal to glass, plastics to injection molding, and pneumatics to animatronics.
But for the past eight years, Adam has concentrated on the special-effects industry, honing his skills through more than 100 television commercials and 12 feature films, including Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace and Episode II: Attack of the Clones, Galaxy Quest, Terminator 3, A.I. and the Matrix sequels. He's also designed props and sets for Coca-Cola, Hershey's, Lexus and a host of New York and San Francisco theater companies.
don't end there. Not only has he worked in the research and diagnostic
division for several toy companies, but he's also acted in several films
and commercials — including a Charmin ad, in which he played Mr.
Whipples' stock boy.
Hailing from Indiana farm country, Jamie Hyneman is a multifaceted man: wilderness survival expert, boat captain, diver, linguist, animal wrangler, machinist and chef, to name a few. His career has been equally diverse: Jamie earned a degree in Russian languages and literature and ran a sailing/diving acharter business in the Caribbean for several years before he moved over to the visual-effects industry.
Once he had joined that field and had worked for several production companies, Jamie found his way to Colossal Pictures' model shop, where he managed the production of models and special effects for hundreds of commercials and movies. Then, eight years ago, Jamie took over the shop and created M5 Industries Inc.
Today, the top U.S. production companies seek out M5 Industries when unusual or problematic props need to be fabricated, especially if they involve animatronics or robotics. Jamie has worked on the Matrix sequels for Eon Productions, as well as Star Wars: Episodes I and II for Industrial Light and Magic, among others.
Jamie has also worked on commercials for major automobile manufacturers, soft-drink companies (including 7-UP) and athletic shoe companies (including Nike). And in the midst of all this activity, Jamie has diversified his company into toy prototyping as well.
Without knowing, Kari Byron had been training her whole life to be a Mythbuster. By the age of 5 she was setting up experiments to test on her sister using dolls as crash test dummies. Luckily for her parents, they always caught her right before little sister took a ride down a laundry chute or was the subject of 360 on a swing set attempt.
After graduating from San Francisco State and traveling the world, Kari began her career as an artist, working in sculpture and painting and holding successful exhibitions at some of San Francisco's leading galleries. Artist was only one of many hats she held searching for her place in the world. Her sculpting skills and love for odd jobs soon led her into the world of model-making and toy-prototyping: a job with Jamie Hyneman at M5 Industries. It was here that Kari got her first big break with the Mythbusters team. During the "vacuum toilet" segment of one of the first episodes (which examined whether a person could get suctioned into an airline toilet), Jamie needed a 3-D scan of a person's backside, and Kari had the right ... well, you know.
Basically, she was in the right place at the right time. The rest is history (although we'd be remiss if we overlooked Kari's former job experience working as a secret martini shopper, rose delivery driver and posing as a store mannequin to foil shoplifters.just to name a few). Who knew that a degree in film and sculpture would actually be applicable to a real life career one day! Today Kari works with the Mythbuster team, using science and yankee ingenuity to solve the mysteries of today's most compelling urban legends..
Electronics and radio-control specialist Grant Imahara is a former animatronics engineer and model maker for George Lucas' Industrial Light & Magic, where he worked on such movies as The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, A.I.: Artificial Intelligence and The Matrix Reloaded.
In addition to operating R2-D2 (one of only a handful of official operators), Grant has another claim to beloved-character fame: developing a custom circuit to cycle the Energizer Bunny's arm beats and ears at a constant rate. In fact, he's responsible for all the electronics installation and radio programming on the current generation of bunnies, even serving as the bunny's driver and crew supervisor on numerous commercials.
While he earned a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California, Grant actually picked up many of his mechanical skills from the machinists at the ILM model shop, many of whom date back to 1986's Howard the Duck.
He's also the author of the book, Kickin' Bot: An Illustrated Guide to Building Combat Robots. His own machine, Deadblow, is a BattleBots champion that continues to strike terror into the hearts of fellow competitors.
Tory Belleci started working with Jamie Hyneman in 1994 after graduating from San Francisco State University. Tory worked as a stage manager and eventually moved over to the model shop. In a few years time Tory started work at Industrial Light and Magic building models for films including "The Phantom Menace" and "Attack of the Clones". His models include the podracers and the Federation battleship.
Tory worked for ILM for about eight years as a model builder, sculptor, and painter on several other films including Starship Troopers, Galaxy Quest, Matrix 2 & 3, and Van Helsing. Tory also has written and directed his own short films including the 1999 short "Sand Trooper" which played at the Slamdance Film Fesitval and also aired on the Sci-Fi Channel.
began work on Discovery Channel's "Mythbusters"
in 2003 doing work behind the scenes and in the second season was featured
as part of the show's build team..
|Here's what people are saying about our MythBusters programs:|
"Kari and Grant were some of the best people to work with...one of the best shows we have had at Idaho....there were about 800 people at the event."
-- University of Idaho
We are so happy that we brought the Mythbusters to Georgia Tech! Jamie and Adam had the sellout crowd mesmerized - they are funny, smart, and articulate, and they brought a video that had the students nearly rolling in the aisles. They are great to work with and put on an excellent show.
-- Georgia Institute of Technology