If you could travel through time, where and when would you go? Would you revisit a fond memory from your childhood? Catch a glimpse of the dinosaurs? Or would you place a sure-win, against-the-odds bet on an underdog sports team? Everybody has fantasized about traveling through time, but is it really possible?
How to Build a Time Machine follows two men, both of whom have set out on a quest to build their own time machines. Rob Niosi is a stop motion animator who has spent the last eleven years constructing a full-scale replica of the time machine prop from the1960 film adaptation of H.G. Wells’ novella, The Time Machine. Ron Mallett is a physicist from the University of Connecticut who was also inspired by H.G. Wells’ story. However, Ron’s machine isn’t a replica. Dr.Mallett believes he has figured out how to build a real, working time machine.
Through these stories, How to Build a Time Machine investigates our fascination with time travel and attempt to figure out what’s so appealing about reliving the past and foreseeing the future. The film examines the power of cinema and the ways in which science fiction storytelling has inspired real life scientific breakthroughs.