Monday, April 20, 2009

Jamie Hyneman

Today we celebrate Jamie Hyneman for founding M5 Industries Inc. While Hyneman is best known for co-hosting Discovery Channel's hit show Mythbusters, he is also the founder and CEO of the visual special effects company M5 Industries, now a producer of Mythbusters.

Hyneman was raised in Columbus, Indiana and earned a degree in Russian language and literature. He has had a number of different careers before settling into his current passion including scuba diver, wilderness survival expert, boat captain, linguist, pet shop owner, chef, machinist, and concrete inspector.

His company M5 does visual effects for movies and commercials and has created almost a thousand visual effects over the last 20 years. This work was all done on a free lance basis.

M5 no longer does special effects, but it is busy with all the work it does for Mythbusters. Many of the people on the show are employees of M5 and much of the filming takes place at M5. The company still does do a small amount of research and development and consulting work, but that is limited to the projects Hyneman just cannot say no to.

Today we honor Hyneman for creating a company that helps keep as wowed as we watch television and movies, for continuing to invent, explore, ask questions, and think critically, and for still playing with toys, fire, and explosions.

M5 Industries website is a neat site to visit, the company's history is told with Hyneman's wit. Also here is a link to a video tour of M5 Industries by Hyneman.

M5 Industries
Wikipedia: Jamie Hyneman
Wikipedia: M5 Industries

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