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coffee cup the size of a pen cap appear to steam? At M5 Studios, a special-effects and puppet company, owner Jamie Hyneman gets some ash and places it in the minimug. Director Stacy Wall angles the shot so that steam seems to rise from the cup for a few seconds.

For this shoot, M5’s 10 craftsmen have painstakingly created tiny repro ductions of extreme skier Jonny Moseley, female snowboarder Barrett Christy, snowmobile rider Blair Morgan and motorcycle stuntman “Mad Mike” Jones, each with numerous moving parts, custom-designed outfits and finely detailed faces.

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