Updated: May 26, 2017
ORIGINAL SEAVIEW MINIATURE
Original Large-scale miniature Seaview submarine from Voyage to the
Bottom of the Sea. (TCF, 1961) This is the breathtaking, 17 ft. 3
in. S.S. Seaview special visual effects "beauty miniature," used
in the filming of the classic Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
feature film as well as the television series.
This historic miniature was designed by Irwin Allen's talented art
department to capture his optimistic and idealized belief in a nuclear
powered future. The sub's memorable design is inspired by the sleek
lines and anatomy of marine life, such as manta rays and porpoises.
(Note: the gray upper and white bottom areas reminiscent of a
dolphin or shark, and the curved wing-like nose area of the
submarine resembles a manta ray.) This miniature was the "Hero"
Seaview miniature, photographed both on the surface and submerged
in the massive 20th Century Fox water tanks (where films such as
The Poseidon Adventure and Tora! Tora! Tora! were filmed). The
miniature's impressive size was used by Irwin Allen's directors of
photography and special effects units to create a more realistic
look and representation of the immensity of the fictional
submarine for TV viewers of the 1960s - a standard technique used
by special effects technicians of the era prior to digital
technology, as is used today.
The miniature features a variety of interesting original details
including the following: 1) Original brass antenna and periscope
miniature accents. 2) Miniature port door accents. 3) Missile
hatches. 4) Miniature tie bars. 5) Miniature matching swivel
rudders. 6.) Plexiglas bridge window. 7) Steel girder support
arches in the bridge interior. 8) Two-man sub deployment area. 9)
Internal special effects wood and cable control handle. 10)
Hanging points for cable control. 11) Miniature working bay doors
under the bridge area which open and close on rollers. This
feature was engineered to permit the miniature Flying Sub to be
deployed in the series!
The miniature was restored to its present condition for display at
Planet Hollywood's now-closed Beverly Hills location. It rests on
a sturdy, custom-made wood gurney with carpeted supports, and
heavy duty casters allowing for easy movement, and is accompanied
with a one-sheet poster from the film. A stunning and highly
recognizable miniature, worthy of inclusion in the finest
collections of Hollywood memorabilia.
Value: $25,000. - $35,000.
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