We all know that Adam Savage is probably the coolest and smartest fellow alive, right? Not only is he one of the hosts of the hugely popular and informational MythBusters program over there on the Discovery Channel, he’s a massive fan of movies. Like any good geek, when he loves something, he likes to express that love.
You may remember some years back that Adam made (for fun and just-becausery mind you) an exact replica of Deckard’s gun from Blade Runner, as well as any number of other movie props. He puts these things up on the truly awesome website Tested so you can see exactly how these things are done, as they happen.
His latest build plays into his love and obsession with Stanley Kubrick (to which I can completely relate) and one particular Kubrick film he didn’t want to…OVERLOOK…ha ha ha. I’m speaking, of course, about the maestro’s 1980 horror classic The Shining. As you can hear in the video below, Adam became obsessed with the terrifying and seemingly unsolvable maze in the film after visiting the awesome Kubrick exhibit that was at LACMA in 2012-2013. Savage has since traveled around and discovered that the scale model they had was not even close to correct. That’s all Adam needed to begin to figure out exactly what Jack Torrance was looking at.
Just like the one in the film, Adam built his maze at O Scale, which means 1/48th-1/50th size, and from there it was simply a matter of getting all of the various twists and turns correct.
That attention to detail is worthy of the notorious perfectionist Kubrick himself. For an even more in-depth look at what he did, see the follow-up video below, and enjoy the gallery. (A full gallery is available on the Tested site.)