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Jamie Hyneman Biography

Jamie Hyneman (James Franklin Hyneman) is an American host. He is a special effects expert best known as the co-host of the television series MythBusters alongside Adam Savage.

Hyneman is also the owner of M5 Industries, the special effects workshop where MythBusters was filmed.

He is also known among Robot Wars devotees for his robot entry, Blendo, which for a time was deemed too dangerous for entry in the competition.

He is one of the designers of the aerial robotic camera system Wavecam, which is used in sports and entertainment events.

Jamie Hyneman Age

He was born on September 25, 1956 in Marshall, Michigan, United States. He is 62 years old as of 2018.

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He is married to Eileen Walsh, a science teacher since 1989. Hyneman had met his future wife Eileen in 1984 while he owned a sailboat diving charter business in the Virgin Islands.

Jamie Hyneman Education

He attended Indiana University where he earned a degree in Russian linguistics. He also received an honorary Doctor of Engineering degree from Villanova University on May 16, 2010.

Hyneman was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Twente (Enschede, Netherlands) on November 25, 2011, for his role in the popularization of science and technology.

In February 2017, Hyneman was named one of the 14 new Honorary Doctors of technology by Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland. In June 2017, he received the doctorate.

Adam Savage And Jamie Hyneman

Savage and Hyneman portray the two army-junk sellers in The Darwin Awards. They both appear during the story of the rocket-car, which they partially reproduced in the MythBusters series’ pilot episode and have retested two more times.

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In 2006, Hyneman attended the annual skeptics’ conference called The Amaz!ng Meeting. He made a cameo appearance along with Savage on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation on the May 1, 2008, episode “The Theory of Everything”, where they play inspectors each giving thumbs-up after seeing a shirt soaked in pepper spray catch fire when shot by a taser.

The two went on to test this myth on MythBusters and declare it confirmed with certain types of pepper spray. Hyneman and MythBusters co-host Savage appear as judges on the game show Unchained Reaction, which premiered in March 2012.

Hyneman and Adam Savage have also voiced characters on The Simpsons episode “The Daughter Also Rises”, and the “MythCrackers”, which prompts Bart and Milhouse to experiment in a similar fashion. They then reference this episode during the MythBusters Simpsons special.

Both Hyneman and Savage also voiced stormtroopers like office workers in the Phineas and Ferb Star Wars special.

Until 2016 Hyneman and Adam Savage were was an editors and contributors at Tested.com, and technology reviewer Norman Chan.

Jamie Hyneman Net Worth

Jamie Hyneman has an estimated net worth of $8 million dollars.

Jamie Hyneman MythBusters

Jamie Hyneman is a main cast member on MythBusters, alongside Adam Savage. MythBusters is an Australian-American science entertainment television program. The show is hosted by special effects experts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman. Adam Savage And Jamie Hyneman use elements of the scientific method to test the validity of rumors, movie scenes, myths, Internet videos, adages, and news stories.

Hyneman is often exasperated by Savage’s antics and sometimes argues with him about the best approach to take. The two often have very different ideas for performing experiments and building devices. Hyneman’s ideas tend to be more simplified than his co-host’s, and he has a philosophy of reducing a solution to its most basic form wherever possible. This difference has led to numerous competitions between the two presenters when testing myths, such as testing the Goldfish Memory myth and Hoverboard myth.

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Jamie Hyneman Interview

Interviewer: : Let’s begin with the beginning. What drew you to the world of special effects?

Jamie Hyneman: After working as a charter boat captain and dive master in the Caribbean for a number of years, I decided it was time for a change. I figured I should think carefully about it and research my options. I made lists of interests and priorities, spent a lot of time in the library reading about anything that seemed like a possibility, and decided special effects was the way to go. It embraced a wide variety of disciplines, was very hands on, was creative, involved working with a variety of people, and was not that repetitive. The end product has the potential of reaching a lot of people, also; if, for example, you do sculpture as fine art, it might get put somewhere that people will see it, but sculpture in movies, like an alien done as an animatronic puppet — that might get seen by millions.

So I went about getting my foot in the door in NYC at a couple of different shops, liked the work, but wanted to do more in movies. So I moved to San Francisco, knowing that there was a thriving cluster of FX houses that had popped up there after Star Wars. I only worked for a short time at ILM on one commercial. I have a lot of experience, like your dad (Mark Walas) and uncle (Chris Walas) do, with animatronic puppets, and they brought me in to help on a rush project. In the Bay Area at that time there were a lot of artisans like myself that worked on a freelance basis and either I would hire them at my company M5, or ILM would, and so we had a fairly tight-knit community. It was in all of our interests to support the freelancers because we relied on them and the skills they had, as they were unique.

Interviewer: Moving on to the myths, when you’re first handed one to bust, do you judge its plausibility in your head before you start? What were the most surprising results from busting a myth?

Jamie Hyneman: We often have an idea about what the truth is about a story before we even start. Things like whether somebody falling out of a plane in WWII and landing on a train station as a bomb is going off would survive because of the upward rising blast, well, anybody with any sense is going to understand that is not going to happen. The person would be falling into an expanding gas bubble and associated shrapnel moving toward him at something like 18,000 mph…you’d be more likely to survive falling flat on the ground than from that plane. That said, there have been lots of times on the show that we have been taken by surprise. So many that I can’t really say what was the most surprising. One way or another that meant that we learned to come into the testing with a pretty open mind, if a skeptical one.

Interviewer: And now for the Star Wars questions. When testing whether Luke could have survived the harsh weather of Hoth inside a tauntaun carcass, how did you determine what the that inside would be like?

Jamie Hyneman: We just sort of made it up as best we could. We knew about what size the animal was, that it had fur on it, and it was very cold out. Based on that, we assumed that for the sake of argument, the animal’s body might be similar to the large mammals on our planet. So, its composition became mostly water, like us, and thus we had a certain mass that we figured would take a while to cool off at a rate similar to actual large mammals.

Interviewer: What kind of physics came into play when debunking the myth that it’s possible to dodge a barrage of stormtrooper blaster fire?

Jamie Hyneman: If you study the footage, you could estimate how fast the blaster bolts were moving when the stormtroopers were shooting their rifles and then recreate that. However, that effect was put in during postproduction, so there’s no real basis for their speed and direction. While working on this, it took a lot of troubleshooting to get the behavior of the bolts right so that they move in a way and at a speed similar to the ones in the film.

Although the bolts are purely special effects, George Lucas might have purposely intended to make them go slow within the film so that moviegoers could really see them and be excited about the fight. There’s also utility for the stormtrooper to be able to see them as well; real soldiers do use tracer rounds because it helps them dial in on a target — to see whether they are way off or not. With an automatic weapon bouncing around, you aren’t using a scope; it’s more like a fire hose, so the slower moving bolts could be helpful. I think it might be better to just have laser sight, though.

Interviewer: Was there any futuristic device/concept in Star Wars that you would love to try and create for real? Do you think the science is pretty grounded in Star Wars?

Jamie Hyneman: I did come up with a device that was as close as I could think of to behaving like a lightsaber. My idea was to take several high-power handheld lasers, which are, give or take, a thousand bucks or so a piece, and which actually burn stuff like paper. You would then mount them all together in a cluster, aimed so the beams would intersect at a point as long as the length of the lightsaber blades in Star Wars. Then you would take a length of piano wire just as long and mount it in the middle and put a steel ball on the end.

When you turn on the lasers, they would all be stopped at the ball, which would get very hot. Without the ball, you would just have a bunch of lasers shooting all over the place, not something that is three- or four-feet-long. If you swiped at someone, the ball would singe them, and the piano wire would bend, letting the lasers burn the person where they intersect. Then, when the ball cleared, the wire would spring back. Thus, you have this laser thingamajig that is long as a sword and lit up, etc. — basically a lightsaber. It’s not going to slice somebody’s arm off, but it’s dangerous, uses light, will burn someone, and is sword-like. The idea was turned down by production however, and we ended up doing the “you can’t win, I’ve got higher ground” bit because it was an excuse to have Adam and I have a sword fight.

Interviewer: Now that the Mythbusters chapter has closed, what’s on the horizon for you?

Jamie Hyneman: Now that I’m not a puppet for some director, the Hyneman is free to explore the world at large. I went from doing movie props and effects to building and testing (sometimes) real stuff on Mythbusters. I like to think I’ve graduated and now can play around for real, and the challenges out there in that realm are far more exciting to me than faking something for TV. It’s taken me months to get the shop back in order after a decade and a half of film crews scrambling everything, and I’m just about back in order now. All those boxes on the walls have been stripped of all of the prop and model making stuff now and I’m full on into engineering and prototyping. I’ve got a variety of projects going, from (believe it or not) shipbuilding for the Navy to giant fire-fighting robots. Heck, maybe someday I’ll get around to actually making a lightsaber that’ll cut your hand off. I’m having a ball!

Adopted from: www.starwars.com

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