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Build It With Some Style:
Unauthorized Tales
of the Time Machines
from Back to the Future
Author(s)

Tom Silknitter

Pages

261

Dimensions

6 x 0.59 x 9 inches

Publisher

Independently published

Publish date

January 10, 2021

Type

Paperback

ISBN

979-8574961698

Build It With Some Style: Unauthorized Tales of the Time Machines from Back to the Future — an independent book by Tom Silknitter. It includes an unauthorized story of DeLorean cars used during production of the trilogy. The book tracks down history of the cars and it's further faith, showing some rare images:

  • Photos of the various time machines during trilogy production period
  • Exclusive behind-the-scenes photos from Back to the Future: The Ride
  • Photos of various props from the series
  • Concept notes, art and sketches
  • Interviews with Ron Cobb, Kevin Pike, Michael Lantieri, John Bell, Lawrence G. Paull, Andrew Probert, Gene Winfield, Tim Flattery, and Michael Fink.

It also includes the story of creation of Jules Verne Train/Time Train.

Official Description

In 1985 film director Robert Zemeckis introduced the world to a time machine built out of a DeLorean sports car in the film Back to the Future. While Back to the Future was a blockbuster success, the film itself almost never got made. It is hard to think of a world without Doc Brown and Marty McFly having adventures through time but that is the world we almost lived in. Back to the Future is a testament to the creative collaborative process. Each failure, false start, and change all aligned for the film's eventual success.

One of the most popular icons to come out of the Back to the Future film series was the time machine itself. Where did this time machine come from? How does one go about creating a fictional time machine that film audiences would believe could actually travel though time? The creation of the time machine starts with the filmmakers themselves. This is the story about how director Zemeckis was able to bring to life a time machine “with some style!” This is the story about how director Zemeckis was able to bring to life a time machine “with some style!”

With numerous interviews and research this book details the creation of all the time machines used in the film series and beyond including the 2020 musical.

Learn about how the time machine started out as a time chamber, and how a marketing executive wanted Doc Brown to drive a Ford Mustang.

Explore how ILM created a flying DeLorean and how in the third movie they put a DeLorean on railroad tracks. Even the time traveling "Jules Verne" train's creation is explored.

Contents

  • Introduction
  • What If?
  • You Built a Time Machine?
  • And Action!
  • We're Back!
  • Horses, trains, and Automobiles
  • Can't Keep a Good Scientist Down
  • The Interviews
  • Restorations
  • Filmography
  • Acknowledges
  • Sources

Behind the scenes

  • The book's title is a reference to Doc's line in Back to the Future: "The way I see it, if you're gonna build a time machine into a car, why not do it with some style?"
  • The book is dedicated to the memory of Ron Cobb, who assisted with the design of the DeLorean time machine and died on September 21 2020.
""In memory of Ron Cobb./When I was six years old and watched Back to the Future, I had no idea who you were or what you did to bring that film to life. All I knew was that I saw an awesome DeLorean time machine. Years later I learned about your involvement in creating my favourite movie car. I am humbled by the fact you gave a lengthy interview. Your passing illustrates why a book like this needs to exist. Your work on the film will live on, and now your stories will live on as well.""
—Dedication to Ron Cobb.
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