Updated: June 09, 2004
TIME TUNNEL TV GUIDE PRESS RELEASE
TV Guide June 10, 1967
How do you build a Time Tunnel, a super device
to transport the heros of a series both forward and backward
in time, and somehow show a passage of time as well?
In Hollywood the producer dreams up the notion
and the art director gives it to him. A relationship like Aladdin
and the genie. In this case ther producer is Irwin Allen, one of
the largest dreamers on the current scene (he produces
Lost in Space, and Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea),
and the art director is William Creber.
Allen says, "At first we tried a kaleidoscopic
effect, lights flashing and whirling. Then we tried using old
newsreel shots, blurring them to give the impression of time
telescoping, but it looked like dirty soup. We finally went for
op art and came up with this tunnel, built at a cost of $84,000,
out of Styrofoam, sheets of aluminum, and mostly paint for
trompe l'oeil effect. It rests on an enormous concrete base.
The consoles and ancillary equipment cost $45,000. and we
used war-surplus material. The thing really works.
Wheels turn and lights blink. The power towers are made of
iron works put together piece by piece like Tinker Toys.
They stand 45 feet tall."
"The set fills a complete soundstage at 20th Century-Fox.
The infinity segment of the tunnel at the rear goes back an
additional 26 feet into another stage, and is built on wheels
so that it can be moved into position to join the body of the
tunnel or moved back to increase the tunnel's illusion of infinity."
"The front segment of the tunnel is wired for both
lighting and special effects, and can shoot jagged streaks of
colored lights and smoke."
Fasten your safety belts !