The following images are from a student film project from 1991 called Persistence Of Vision. It was part of the master level film course (480) at the University of Southern California (USC) School of Cinema-Television (SCT). The project was an interpretation of Chris Marker’s film La Jetée and required my effects group, OPTRIX, to create a full size time machine based off of designs provided by the production. The director of this student film was Lee Unkrich, who would go on to direct Toy Story 2 & Toy Story 3, Monsters Inc., and Finding Nemo. OPTRIX staff pictured below include myself (Jay), Brian, David, Jed, with additional assistance from Jim.
Original designers front view of time machine.
Original designers side view of time machine.
Arm restraint design by Charles de Lauzirika.
Fin detail of arm restraint by Charles de Lauzirika.
Side and top view of machine plans, adapted from original designers drawings.
Work plan for machine base. Note this contains original grid design for flooring (as a spider web), which was changed to a standard grating grid for final build.
Measurement details for the flooring of the machine, with mitre cut angle notes.
One of the cutting diagrams for the time machines parts.
Measurement chart for the three ‘crystal housings’ around the base of the machine.
The basic platform shape.
Test fitting the scale with human subject.
Wiring the fluorescent light ballasts for the rear lighting.
Painted silver for the “new” version. After shooting this, the prop was aged and weathered for an “old” version.
Another test fit with human subject.
The “old” version, weathered and on set.
The actor strapped into the machine.
Fixing the practical light elements on the Time Machine. Director Lee Unkrich, 2nd from left.
The Time Machine lit. Director Lee Unkrich, center.
Machine complete with practical lighting engaged.
The final version of the time machine, at a USC SPFX Seminar. Summer 1992.
OPTRIX and the time machine. L to R-Jed, Dave, Jay, Brian.