November 4, 2006 at 8:00pm in Kresge Auditorium.
Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman have over 30 years of special effects
experience between them. On their Discovery Channel hit television
show, they use their knowledge of engineering and explosives to put
urban myths to the test: could a fire-fighting plane really scoop up a
scuba diver? Can you really escape from Alcatraz across the bay on a
raft made in prison? Just how explosive is explosive decompression in
an airplane? Now they're coming to MIT, probably to cause a ruckus.
Check it out!
TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT. If you ordered a ticket online and have not
yet picked it up, you may do so on November 4 from 2pm onward.
One valid ID per ticket is required for pickup of MIT Student, MIT Community, and non-MIT Student tickets.
Sponsored in part by the Large Events Fund, the DeFlorez Fund for Humor, Fall Festival, a Director's Grant from the Council of the Arts, and Weekends@MIT.
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. His
skills 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 commercials and including a Charmin ad, in which he
played Mr. Whipples' stock boy.
And now, in addition to
co-hosting Discovery Channel's MythBusters, Adam also teaches advanced
model making, most recently in the industrial design department at the
San Francisco Academy of Art. And somehow, he also finds time to
devote to his own art; his sculptures have been showcased in over 40
shows in San Francisco, New York and Charleston, W.V.
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 charter 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.
The holder of several patents and the
winner of numerous industry awards Jamie is also a long-standing
Screen Actors Guild member.