Of the most awesome creations by Sagan, The Machine represents his most ambitious.  Not only did the concept have to be believable and founded in science, it had to be magnificent and awe-inspiring in both the novel and the film.  The idea of a machine dreamt of by an alien intelligence that could be manifested on Earth and actually be brought to life was never done before.  In previous films, small gadgets, transport systems, or what was seemingly magic was used to convey this concept.  However, in Contact, an actual model of Sagan's idea was manufactured and brought to the big screen.

In the novel, Sagan describes revolving rings that generate a tremendous amount of energy in order to open up the theoretical worm-holes, or tunnels, that allow passage through the Galaxy.  The passenger(s) traveling in the machine would fall into these worm-holes and go on a fantastic ride through deep space.  These worm-holes are theorized in science known as Rosen-bridges.

 Representing this idea on screen was no easy task.  Actual construction, design, and implementation of Sagan's idea took the film makers months to conceive.  There were many ideas on portraying this in the movie, and Zemeckis even hinted at not putting it in at all due to the high difficulty of producing it.  The design sketches include various methods of implementing such an awesome structure, and pieces of it were actually built in order to film.

In the end, The Machine was shot on location in real-time and became one of the most celebrated cinematic experiences of the year.  It was estimated to cost in the millions to produce, and took over 2 months of production time to simple shoot.  Sagan's vision was brought to life, and critics adored its audacity to push the limits in thinking and production.  Due to the production of it, Contact garnered five technical Oscar nominations.

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