How to Build a Time Machine
For decades, animator Rob Niosi has concentrated on a single hobby: making a perfect replica of the time machine in George Pal's film from 1960. Likewise, physicist Ronald Mallet has obsessively searched his whole life for a scientific model to grasp the fourth dimension. In this documentary, their quest even promises some results.Humans are nostalgic beings. We feel a romantic connection to the past, not in the least to the times before we even existed. In this documentary, we meet two men who both seek to mould the link to the past into something tangible. For animator Rob Niosi, it’s all about aesthetics, emulating the time machine featured in the film adaption (1960) of H.G. Wells' science fiction novel. Physicist Ronald Mallet, however, is convinced that when people start investing serious time and money in researching the fourth dimension, traveling through time will become scientific reality.
"If we can do it, what will happen when we actually do?" The beauty of this time warping – symbolic or real – lies partly in speculative dreaming, ignited by technology’s possibilities. Another aspect is of course a portrayal of the psyche of these dreamers.