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Le Voyage Dans La Lune Director: Georges Méliès
Figure 01. Poster: Le Voyage Dans La Lune Release: 1902 Director/Producer: Georges Méliès Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy Country: France
Georges Méliès, Voyage To The Moon (1902) was a film that inspired and roughly based around two novels: Jules Verne’s From The Earth To The Moon (1865) and H. G. Wells’ The First Men In The Moon (1901). Méliès was limited with the effects that he could use in films at this time so they had to put more effort into detail of the design and lighting of the scenes to show the viewers depth and scale of the objects and people in that were in the film. Just as (Brandt Sponseller 2005) points out ‘The sets are amazing. The painted backdrops merge seamlessly with the constructed portions and props, creating locations with great "depth", in worlds that seem to surreal exist and have a long history.’ Figure two is a great example to display the effects of depth and perspective Méliès used by having taller buildings in the background and smaller ones in the foreground to help show the size of the ship. Figure 02. Preparing shit for lift-off
The image is a good example as to what people thought of the moon in 1902. With the absence of technology and discoveries of the outside world during this time period gave the thought that life forms and environment could grow at an increasing rate as showing in Figure three, mushrooms have grown so by using depth and perspective it shows some are clearly taller then the actors. Méliès also had the thought that people could survive on the moon in everyday clothing, without any trouble with air pressure or gravity, as (Planktonrules 2006) points out ‘Surprisingly, the air on the moon is fine and the men walk about the weird moonscape’ which in its own way gave the film a comical aspect to it.
Figure 03. On the moon
It’s amazing how Méliès managed to make such an iconic film in just fourteen minutes with a standalone camera and illusions that he creates through the design, depth and stop motion. It proves to people that films don’t need to have high end technology to make a memorable film . The image below shows one of the most iconic images of the film, when the rocket lands on the moon it pierces it’s eye as its very easy to remember, even if someone hasn’t seen the film. In agreement with (Theowinthrop 2007) ‘We recall the firing of the "Columbiad" and the
capsule with our space travellers approaching the moon, and the most famous shot - the capsule hitting the eye of the man in the moon.’
Figure 04. The Moon
Brandt Sponseller (2005). Le Voyage Dans La Lune. In: http://www.imdb.com [Online] At: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0000417/reviews (Accessed on: 30/09/2012) Planktonrules (2006). Le Voyage Dans La Lune. In: http://www.imdb.com/ [Online] At: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0000417/reviews (accessed on: 30/09/2012) Theowinthrop (2006). Le Voyage Dans La Lune. In: http://www.imdb.com [Online] At: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0000417/reviews?start=10 (Accessed on: 30/09/2012)
Figure 01. Poster: Le Voyage Dans La Lune (1902) [Film poster] http://sharetv.org/images/posters/le_voyage_dans_la_lune_1902.jpg Figure 02. Preparing shit for lift-off (1902) [Film still] http://media.web.britannica.com/eb-media/66/59666-004-7CE12ED5.jpg Figure 03. On the moon (1902) [Film still] http://i.ytimg.com/vi/Jp3WrHxo4rA/0.jpg Figure 04. The Moon (1902) http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_KEArRUZspiA/TBz0DJ7EQAI/AAAAAAAAEmw/EnW9 sUVjcs4/s1600/levoyage.jpg