When it came out, Doing DaVinci, was the latest and greatest Reality TV series by the Discovery Channel, taking the fifteenth and sixteenth century design theory of Leonardo DaVinci’s inventive genius and converting them into three-dimensional, modern-day reality. The crew responsible was Dr. Jonathan Pevsner, expert on all things Leonardo and four skilled design and construction team members. Those members were Jurgen Heimann, Val Sykes, Flash Hopkins, and Bill Duggan.
Jurgen Heimann was born in Germany on April 28, 1965. He came to the United States, and attended Reno High School, becoming an alumnus in 1983. He further attended Brooks Institute of Photographic Art and Science. He has other educational background as well, and holds a B.A. in Professional Photography. He is managing partner in Brillig Productions, LLC, along with a host of movie-related credits – see IMDB here.
Jurgen assignment in Doing DaVinci was design and metal work. He was perhaps the most serious of the crew, with a bit darker personality than Val, Flash, or Bill possess. Clearly he was qualified to perform the work; he was usually coupled with Val Sykes. Like Val, his thinking is centered on accuracy, much to the consternation of not-so-meticulous Flash Hopkins. Flash would rather use a chainsaw than a jigsaw. Jurgen pays close attention to scale of a project, since sometimes Leonardo didn’t indicate scale clearly in his artwork.
The team is directed by Dr. Pevsner who, to date, picked projects that have been successfully completed, even if at first it seemed they could not function. The team sticks as closely to the original and the “spirit” of Leonardo DaVinci’s projects as they can. At the time of this article, the projects completed are:
- Episode 1: Leonardo’s Tank
- Episode 2: Leonardo’s Siege Ladder
- Episode 3: Leonardo’s Scythe Chariot
- Episode 4: Leonardo’s Machine Gun
- Episode 5: Leonardo’s Self-propelled Carts
- Episode 6: Leonardo’s Catapult
Although, At the time of this writing, a new series of projects was initiated, the expectant public still awaits what it hopes will be forthcoming. Val Sykes assured us it will be grand, when he said, on DaVinci’s Facebook account, “THE NEXT 4 SHOWS. WE JUST FINISHED ONE AND WE ARE STARTING ANOTHER TOMORROW. THANKS FOR WATCHING, STAY TUNED. YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS THESE BUILDS.”
For more on the Discovery Channel’s Doing DaVinci, visit the author’s contributor page.