The new TV season begins in a couple of weeks, which is typically a time of excitement for fans, but if you love the Discovery Channel‘s Mythbusters, you may now have reason to be suspicious about the show’s return. Under a blanket of proverbial fog last night, the cable network announced that the M7 build team – Grant Imahara, Kari Byron and Tory Belleci – were suddenly departing from the show. Suffice to say that the M7 trio are a huge part of the show’s success for the last decade, but when you dump news on a Thursday night in August, it’s going to make people wonder: why is Discovery ditching Grant, Kari and Tory? (more…)
This isn’t the craziest thing I’ve seen someone do to get a job interview, but it definitely makes the top ten list for creative ways to land a job. Adam Levermore wants to do design work on Marvel’s new television show S.H.I.E.L.D. In order to stand out among the many talented applicants Adam called in a bunch of favors and created the Fan Film SHIELDED video below.
He describes the video on YouTube as:
(Actually, this is my absurdly over-the-top job application, as I try to get hired as a graphic designer on Joss Whedon’s upcoming show, S.H.I.E.L.D. To learn more, and to see my graphic design portfolio,visit http://adamlevermore.com )
Check out the people he got involved in the video, Grant Imahara (Mythbusters), Amber Benson (Buffy), Bear McCreary (The Walking Dead) created the score, and (Eureka’s) Amy Berg script. Throw in the review of some of his other design work for Wil Wheaton and other Internet notables and you’ve got an impressive list and fantastic examples of Adam’s prior work.
I think it’s safe to say everyone loves Mythbusters. Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, often joined by Tory Belleci, Kari Byron and Grant Imahara, get a chance to do all sorts of cool shit with high explosives normal humans would never be allowed to. For good reason, the stunts they pull off are really, really dangerous. Like their most recent experiment involving a cannonball which went awry when the six-inch projectile tore through a nearby neighborhood.
Here’s the report of the incident from the San Francisco Chronicle,
The cantaloupe-sized cannonball missed the water, tore through a cinder-block wall, skipped off a hillside and flew some 700 yards east, right into the Tassajara Creek neighborhood, where children were returning home from school at 4:15 p.m., authorities said.
There, the 6-inch projectile bounced in front of a home on quiet Cassata Place, ripped through the front door, raced up the stairs and blasted through a bedroom, where a man, woman and child slept through it all – only awakening because of plaster dust.
The ball wasn’t done bouncing.
It exited the house, leaving a perfectly round hole in the stucco, crossed six-lane Tassajara Road, took out several tiles from the roof of a home on Bellevue Circle and finally slammed into the Gill family’s beige Toyota Sienna minivan in a driveway on Springvale Drive.
Damn. Can you imagine!? Luckily no one was injured. Had the cannonball hit anyone they would have been destroyed on the spot. No word yet on if the stunt will appear on television.
Discovery has issued a statement explaining the accident,
During the testing, a cannonball took an unforeseen bounce from a safety berm. No injuries were reported, but damage was reported in one Dublin home and one parked car.
Sgt. J.D. Nelson, Public Information Officer and bomb technician for the Alameda County Sheriff’s office, who is a regular safety explosives expert for MythBusters, was on site and all proper safety protocol was observed.
Beyond Productions is currently assessing the situation and working with those whose property was affected.
A local news report is also available which give you a clearer picture of how far the cannonball traveled. How far? Really fuckin’ far!
Everyone’s entitled to make mistakes, granted most of us aren’t handling something quite as dangerous as a six-inch cannonball hurtling over 700 yards, but shit happens. Again, thankfully no one was hurt or this would have been a terribly different news story. I do hope they somehow work the stunt into an episode. Who wouldn’t love to see Adam and Jamie’s faces when they learn where the cannonball ended up.
Discovery Channel‘s ‘Mythbusters‘ is one of the best and nerdiest shows on T.V., a personal favorite of mine. Week after week I, and many other science nerds get our kicks watching Adam, Jaime, Grant, Tori and Kari put myths, urban legends, old wives’ tales, and the like to the test. I’ve seen every episode, and know a lot about it’s colorful, charismatic cast, or at-least I thought I did. Every fan of the show knows that resident Asian, Grant Imahara got on the show because of his expertise in Robots, electronics and visual effects. His 9 year run with Industrial Light and Magic (ILM) didn’t hurt either. Speaking of that, there is a bit more to his history with ILM/Lucasfilm.
In a recent appearance at Sage College in Albany, NY, Imahara elicited gasps from the audience when he talked about the ten years he spent filling in as C-3PO at live Star Wars events and for TV appearances. As reported by the Albany Times-Union, Imahara suited up as the gold-skinned droid for commercials, theater openings, and on Oprah Winfrey’s TV show. The suit designed to fit Imahara also made a brief appearance in Episode One — apparently without the future MythBuster inside.
Wow, consider my mind blown! Seriously, just when ya think the guy is set for life signing Mythbuster autographs he goes and says something like this.