Things that inspire me – Georges Méliès

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December 12, 2012 by skyebecks

I am a complete film buff and love to get to the cinema whenever I can. Not only is it a means of escape from everyday life, but it is also a great way to see what happens when hundreds – often thousands – of creative minds come together.

The big blockbusters of today wouldn’t have been possible without the early pioneers in film. They are the ones who discovered and developed ‘moving pictures’ and the effect they could have on the public.

Georges Méliès was one of those pioneers. He was a director, writer, actor, set designer… you name it, he did it. In his career he made over 500 films. These weren’t films as we know today. They were mostly short films, around 15 minutes long, but back then, they were ahead of their time.

Méliès was one of the first filmmakers to use multiple exposures and time-lapse photography in his films and he was an innovator in special effects. This was probably due to his career as a magician in the days before film.

One of his most famous films was ‘A Trip to the Moon’, or ‘Le Voyage dans la Lune‘ in French. It is considered to be the first Science Fiction film and I think it is a remarkable piece. Méliès created two versions of this film. One in black and white and one in colour – that had been hand painted, frame by frame.

This film along with Méliès himself has been rediscovered in the past few years due to the book ‘The Invention of Hugo Cabret’ by Brian Selznick, followed by the 2011 film ‘Hugo’.

Georges Méliès was a remarkable man and a highly creative individual. He saw things that other didn’t and wanted to bring dreams to life through his movies. Next time you go to the cinema and watch a film bursting with special effects, just take a moment to remember the man who started it all, Georges Méliès.


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