This video from ReasonTV shows you an interview with Myth Busters co-star Adam Savage.
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Adam Savage: It’s a terrify framework on which to hang a narrative that’s always about curiosity. Matt Welch: HI, I’m Matt Welch, Editor-In-Chief of Reason magazine and I’m here in Las Vegas with Adam Savage, the cohost of the great show Myth Busters on the Discovery Channel, which has been going on seven years, now? Adam Savage: Seven and a half years, we’ve been filming. Matt Welch: Tell us about the genesis of the show, how it came to be created and how do the test would have taken off, I guess. Adam Savage: It remains to be the startling thing that’s ever happened to me. I was working as a special effects technician in San Francisco in the early 2000 and Jamie Hyneman, who I used to work for and remain friendly with, called me up in the spring of 2002 and said that he have gotten a call from the Discovery Channel, so they were casting show called Myth Busters, they wanted a couple of guys who were interested in building experiments and testing stuff on a show. And would we send in a demo reel and would we send a demo reel the next day. And I said, this sounds interesting, and I went in with a VAIO Camera and Jamie’s assistant shot worth two hours, worth of video. Matt Welch: What did you build and brought up? Adam Savage: Actually we discussed a myth, we discussed the launcher larry myth. They said discuss a like balloon chair guys. So we spent 15 minutes talking about him. And then one point, I know Jamie has a fire cabinet, so I said, let’s blow something up. If you look at the demo reel now, it looks exactly the show, because we’re in the same shop, we’re in the same space, and we’re doing the same stuff. Lighting these, bunch of fireworks in a metal stand, and then we ran away because it set part of the shop on fire. And Discovery went nuts for it, they showed up three weeks later, the production company showed up three weeks later and start shooting pilots we did three episodes in the summer of 2002 and we haven’t stop shooting since. It’s now a 171 hours of programming. Matt Welch: Wow! Now, your long, sort of career personal life of building stuff, working in special effects, but had you been interested up until that moment in actually deep on commits and sort of un-build things? Adam Savage: No. the myth part is a scarecrow, we always says, nobody’s every emailed us thanking us for the groundbreaking urban research we’re doing. I definitely at this point we have a really insight into what makes urban legends and great stories propagate. But for the most part, it’s a terrific framework on which to hang a narrative that’s always about curiosity, it’s always about curiosity and it turns out that the best way to satisfy your curiosity happens to be the scientific method. It happens to be see what you can learn from doing this, build on, build the next thing. And the scientific method happens for two to sleep for us to grid perfectly on top of a narrative arc. And I mean that’s the arc of every episode, we’re trying to figure out how’s something works by continually testing it and building our knowledge on what we’ve learned before and we’re still thrilled by doing that. Matt Welch: in the process of doing that had it sort of change your ideas about the propagation of myth or about society in the way people—has it changed your politics in anyway. Adam Savage: It hasn’t changed my politics, except to make me more politically active, because I’ve realized that I’m a voice that people pay attention to. I’m very cognizant now of the role, of the very unexpected role we play in educating children. I mean we don’t ponder to kids and we never set out to make a show to make it educational, really, I mean we understand that that’s what it is, but if we have attempted to do that, we would have failed. There’s a veracity to the fact that we are actually curious about what we’re doing that keeps people watching. And we’re now getting emails from people saying that they’re graduating from college, having grown up watching our show
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