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What Adam Savage is doing now that 'Mythbusters' is overFollowing 14 years of cohosting the wildly popular series, Adam Savage is adjusting to life after "Mythbusters" and finally has some time to reflect on the show's legacy.
[MUSIC] And so, just what have you been doing in the past few months? I've been putting a lot more time and energy into my website tested.com. We do one day builds, I do a lot of one day builds there out of my shop. I've been doing a bunch more. I did two yesterday. What did you do. I built with some Legos, and the other project's secret right now. I have not existed in the last 14 years without Mythbusters. We've filmed full-time since 2002, so for instance, my wife has never known me not having the show. So I'm finding a new life work balance right now. you know, one of the things that I've always admired about Mythbusters is that you weren't afraid to fail. And I know that you do a lot of testing and thinking and experimenting beforehand Was that part of why you think it was successful? That people saw your brains working and churning through the ideas and then having it play out? I do think that that is a significant part of [UNKNOWN] success. It's really hard to look at your own legacy from inside the thing that you're making. In fact, I think it's almost impossible. Possible, but that aspect of the show, the aspect where we show the process, and we show it honestly because the process to make anything is super messy. It involves mostly wrong turns. In the end, it looks linear because all you're looking back through is the right turns, but those wrong turns are where we all learn incredible amounts about what we do. And there's no other show that's ever gone back to results it already came up with and said, actually we got those wrong. We have a new methodology, we have a new way of experimenting, and we have a new answer. And I loved that about our show. I loved the idea that we've shown that science is messy and can lead to changing your mind even about something you've already Concluded lastly i'll say the thing that was great about doing it was those narratives was honest narratives when I look at shows that have attempted to copy Mythbusters success there were a lot of them what I see when I watch them is a producer writing down a Myth Busters kind of episode And then everyone just films that and a lot of reality TV is done that way. One or two people write down the whole narrative and everyone just buttons it down. So it's barely reality. For us we certainly plot an episode. We plotted all the episodes before we started filming them but when things happen that we didn't expect, which is most of the time We could change. We could shift. We have a very live crew who could get as a different location if we needed one. And so consequently, the places those narratives went where genuinely, really generated by our interests and by what was happening to us in the episode and that's significant. It's funny Some of the most sympatico crews I have worked with over the last 14 years have been the bomb squads. Really? I think the personality of a bomb tech, whether for the military or for any government agency, reads like a description of me. A commanding officer of a military base showed me once that Like you. He's given a chart look for BamText and looked for these qualities and it read like a list of my personal qualities. Like a reverence, dark sense of humor, willing to work with other people, thinks outside the box, good team player, innovative problem solver, works within parameter. I mean it's really think all of these things. It's been an amazing 14 years, I have never had a career as long as I've had this Show. And I realize at the course of doing it that really I've ever done for a living is tell stories. And that turns out to be the only thing I'm interested in doing. Even when I was gluing details of the side of a spaceship for a movie, every detail that I would put on has a story to it. In my head Then it doesn't work aesthetically unless you know the narrative of the ship that you're building. And the ship that is Mythbusters that I got to spend 14 years learning how to build unparalleled, so I just I look forward to telling more stories in the future. [MUSIC]