Research: "Time After Time' and Industrial Machinery

Posted by Sam Hayes On Wednesday, February 15, 2012
I've spent today researching some industrial machinery from the 1800's as well as producing some early silhouette concepts, which I'll post up later today. Firstly though, Alan recommended the film 'Time After Time' from 1979. Although not an adaptation of 'The Time Machine' it does feature H.G. Well's creation as well as Wells himself as the main character. It was adapted from the book of the same name written by Karl Alexander. The film seems quite tongue in cheek, with scenes such as the Victorian Wells running down an escalator and ordering in McDonalds "A big mac! Oh, and Tea!'. The time machine is a bit more elaborate than the one described in the original book as well as the machine featuring in the 1960 film version. It is more of a car-like bubble with glowing lights and a capsule to sit in. I like the idea of it being much more study than a chair and having a door, a bit more 'tardis-like'. Some screen-grabs are below.

My first theme to look into for the design of the time machine itself is a industrial-like feel. Throughout the adaptations the machine seemed quite 'clean' and sleek. With polished brass and copper and a shiny glass like feel.  I'd like to look into designing a more dirty, fuel powered contraption more suited as a result of the industrial revolution. Phil mentioned in the tutorial a possibility of looking into this, so I have been looking at some of the more heavy-duty machinery of the 19th century to see what would be available to a entrepreneurial scientist. Some of the machines I took reference from and used to form silhouettes are below.

19th Century Combustion Engine (Gas and Coal)
Despite this engine running off gas or coal, in the late 19th Century in the period where H.G Well's novel is set, the diesel engine was invented and was being built and tested. Meaning the possibility of using a dirty, fuel powered engine with exhausts is there.

Industrial Machines

Electrostatic Machine (generating electric using copper and water)

Experimental electric lamps (1890s)

Tesla Coil (Early 1900s)

I may also look at some of the more well-known inventors for influences on the laboratory itself.

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