Georges Méliès, “The Father of Special Effects”.

Watched the movie Hugo yesterday and now I’m in love with the work of Georges Méliès. One of the most important pioneers of early cinema and special effects.

“In the Autumn of 1896, an event occurred which has since passed into film folklore and changed the way Méliès looked at filmmaking. Whilst filming a simple street scene, Méliès camera jammed and it took him a few seconds to rectify the problem. Thinking no more about the incident, Méliès processed the film and was struck by the effect such a incident had on the scene – objects suddenly appeared, disappeared or were transformed into other objects.
Méliès discovered from this incident that cinema had the capacity for manipulating and distorting time and space. He expanded upon his initial ideas and devised some complex special effects.
He pioneered the first double exposure (La caverne Maudite, 1898), the first split screen with performers acting opposite themselves (Un Homme de tete, 1898), and the first dissolve (Cendrillon, 1899).” (Source:

Georges Méliès 1861-1938

Georges Méliès: A Brief Biography

Smashing Pumpkins made a tribute to Georges Méliès with the videoclip of the song “Tonight, Tonight”:

The moon in the clip came from “Le Voyage dans la lune” / “A Trip to the Moon” (1902) bw version:

“Le Voyage dans la lune” (1902) Restored hand-coloured version with music from AIR:

AIR made the whole soundtrack for the restored version of “Le Voyage dans la lune”. A fully restored version of the film is currently playing at film festivals worldwide.

AIR - Le Voyage dans la lune (2012)

Full version of “Voyage à travers l’impossible” / “The Impossible Voyage” (1904):

More Georges Méliès

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One thought on “Georges Méliès, “The Father of Special Effects”.

  1. Dat album van Air is echt een van mijn favorieten geworden. Vond het in het begin wat wennen maar nu ligt het gewoon toch erg lekker in het gehoor.. Ben het helemaal met je eens met wat je zegt over Hugo; vond hem betoverend.. 🙂 Vanavond even alle filmpjes bekijken; kijk er nu al naar uit ^^

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