Grant Imahara’s Scratch-Built Hoverboard

For the 2016 Netflix series White Rabbit Project, Grant Imahara was tasked with designing and building the personal hovercraft we’ve been promised in movies for decades, which OF COURSE he did! Friend and former colleague Fon Davis of Fonco Studios shows Adam this resulting amazing (albeit terrifying) engineering triumph.

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Watch Grant test his hovercraft.

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Grant Imahara’s R2D2 Replica!


Grant Imahara’s AMAZING R2D2 replica came about after 10 ILM employees — including Adam Savage and Fon Davis — banded together in 2000 to build their very own R2 droids from scratch. It was a gigantic undertaking, even for those working with the real R2! Fon and Adam take a tour of Grant’s replica and recall the loooong journey that led up to the collaboration’s completion.

Warning: This video is shaky. Our camera’s eyepiece broke just before filming, and we were trying to adjust to using the camera without it. The R2 unit is no longer at Fonco Studios (it is back with Grant’s mom), so we’re unfortunately unable to reshoot the interview. Our apologies for the shaky video!

Grant Imahara’s Battlebot Deadblow

Both Fon Davis and Adam Savage have a long history with Grant Imahara’s infamous combat robot Deadblow. Join Adam and Fon in Grant’s shop as they reminiscence about Grant and Battlebots, and marvel over Deadblow’s very precise internal workings.

A Tour of Grant Imahara Shop.

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A Tour of Grant Imahara’s Shop

Friend and colleague Fon Davis gives Adam Savage a tour of Grant Imahara’s shop, untouched since his passing in July 2020. Tested is honored to chronicle this very special makerspace, at the behest of Grant’s mother Carolyn, before its contents are donated, sold or relocated.

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Adam’s LAST Film Before MythBusters

Before he started filming MythBusters, Adam worked on the special effects for Terminator 3, his LAST film with ILM. Here’s what he and friend/former colleague Fon Davis remember about that job, which included forced perspective, dry for wet, and other filmmaking techniques.

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Adam Savage and Fon Davis Reminisce About Galaxy Quest!

While at ILM, Adam Savage and Fon Davis worked on a number of films most people would never watch twice. However, they DID participate in the making of the “best Star Trek movie ever” … Galaxy Quest! Here’s what they — as well as their friend and colleague Grant Imahara — did, and what it was like. (Let’s just say that building in the correct scale was no small feat!)

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Vacuum Forming Adam’s Signature Hat for Comic-Con

Boy, San Diego Comic-Con 2013 was a LONG TIME AGO. But still, Adam Savage and his friend and former colleague Fon Davis dig deep to recall the flash mob Adam organized there, which required multiple vacuum-formed replicas of Adam’s signature hat. Bid on this hat (signed by Adam and Fon Davis) and other MythBusters lots, benefiting the Grant Imahara STEAM Foundation.

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See the See the Adam Savage Flash Mob from Comic Con 2013 in action.

Adam Savage and Fon Davis Discuss Working on Matrix

During their tenure at ILM, Adam and Fon Davis worked as model supervisors on the Matrix sequels. What was that like? Adam and Fon reminisce about the challenges and good times they experienced during that job — and let’s just say, laser cutting in 2002 was NOT what it is today!

Adam Savage Reunites With Fon Davis’ Mouser Mecha-Catbot from Battlebots!

It’s a reunion 20 years in the making! During Adam’s visit to Fonco, Fon Davis brings out his award-winning Mouser Mecha-Catbot, touching off a walk down Battlebots and Robot Wars lane as Adam and Fon — then working together at ILM — reminisce about that era of robot making and competition.

Adam Savage and Fon Davis Talk About Working on Star Wars!

Adam sits down with his friend and former colleague Fon Davis of Fonco to reminisce about working on special effects for the Star Wars prequels, with all its moments of triumph, tedium and terror. Adam also presents a classic example of ILM modelmaking: a T11 Skyhopper maquette he made … that (spoiler alert!) George Lucas unfortunately didn’t like.