Dawn of Film: Georges Méliès

Marie-Georges-Jean Méliès, A.k.a George Méliès Was A french illuisionist and a director of film who led many developments in the earliest days of cinema, some of the techniques he made popular were; substitution splices, multiple exposures, time-lapse photography, dissolves, and hand-painted color. (Wikipedia)

Early days: Marie-Georges-Jean Méliès was born 8 December 1861 in Paris to Jean-Louis-Stanislas Méliès and his Dutch wife, Johannah-Catherine Schuering. His father had moved to Paris in 1843 as a journeyman shoemaker and began working at a boot factory, where he met Méliès’ mother. (Wikipedia)

Life on stage: After completing his education, Méliès joined his brothers in the family shoe business, where he learned how to sew. After three years of mandatory military service, his father sent him to London to work as a clerk for a family friend. While in London, he began to visit the Egyptian Hall, run by the London illusionist John Nevil Maskelyne, and he developed a lifelong passion for stage magic.(Wikipedia)

Starting in film: On the 28th of December 1895 Méliés attended a private demonstration Lumiéré brothers cinematograph

Here is an example of George Méliès work: Travel to the moon

 

 

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