Georges Méliès was a French moviemaker. He led the way in the use of special effects, multiple exposures, time-lapse photography, dissolves, and hand-painted colour in his work. His movies include Conquest of the Pole, A Trip to the Moon, and The Impossible Voyage.
When the first genuine movies, made by the Lumière brothers, were shown in Paris in 1895, Méliès, a professional magician and manager-director of the Théâtre Robert-Houdin, was among the spectators. The films were scenes from real life having the novelty of motion, but Méliès saw at once their further possibilities. He acquired a camera, built a glass-enclosed studio near Paris, wrote scripts, designed ingenious sets, and used actors to film stories. With a magician’s intuition, he discovered and exploited the basic camera tricks: stop motion, slow motion, dissolve, fade-out, superimposition, and double exposure.
From 1899 to 1912 Méliès made more than 400 films, the best of which combine illusion, comic burlesque, and pantomime to treat themes of fantasy in a playful and absurd fashion. He specialized in depicting extreme physical transformations of the human body (such as the dismemberment of heads and limbs) for comic effect. His films included pictures as diverse as Cléopâtre (1899; Cleopatra’s Tomb), Le Christ marchant sur les eaux (1899; Christ Walking on Water), Le Voyage dans la lune (1902; “A Trip to the Moon”), Le Voyage à travers l’impossible (1904; The Voyage Across the Impossible), and Hamlet (1908). He also filmed studio reconstructions of news events as an early kind of newsreel. It never occurred to him to move the camera for close-ups or long shots. The commercial growth of the industry forced him out of business in 1913, and he died in poverty.
A Trip to the Moon (French: Le Voyage dans la Lune)[a] is a 1902 French silent film directed by Georges Méliès. Inspired by a wide variety of sources, including Jules Verne's novels From the Earth to the Moon and Around the Moon, the film follows a group of astronomers who travel to the Moon in a cannon-propelled capsule, explore the Moon's surface, escape from an underground group of Selenites (lunar inhabitants), and return to Earth with a captive Selenite. It features an ensemble cast of French theatrical performers, led by Méliès himself in the main role of Professor Barbenfouillis, and is filmed in the overtly theatrical style for which Méliès became famous.
The film was an internationally popular success on its release, and was extensively pirated by other studios, especially in the United States. Its unusual length, lavish production values, innovative special effects, and emphasis on storytelling were markedly influential on other film-makers and ultimately on the development of narrative film as a whole. Scholars have commented upon the film's extensive use of pataphysical and anti-imperialist satire, as well as on its wide influence on later film-makers and its artistic significance within the French theatrical féerie tradition. Though the film disappeared into obscurity after Méliès's retirement from the film industry, it was rediscovered around 1930, when Méliès's importance to the history of cinema was beginning to be recognized by film devotees. An original hand-colored print was discovered in 1993 and restored in 2011.
A Trip to the Moon was named one of the 100 greatest films of the 20th century by The Village Voice, ranked 84th. The film remains the best-known of the hundreds of films made by Méliès, and the moment in which the capsule lands in the Moon's eye remains one of the most iconic and frequently referenced images in the history of cinema. It is widely regarded as the earliest example of the science fiction film genre and, more generally, as one of the most influential films in cinema history.
In a homage to the great filmmaker, this year’s Williams "Wildfire" Westernationals 2017 theme will be "LeVoyage dans la Lune"
Start your planning now for your own take on the Moon Rocket and join us for a fun filled weekend of rocketry
This event will be scheduled over 2 days, Saturday & Sunday 3rd - 4th June 2017 at our Williams range.
Registration is now open for the event
Williams Wildfire Westernationals 2017 - “Le Voyage dans la Lune”
The townsite of Williams, one of the oldest settled areas in Western Australia, is ideally situated about 160kms south of Perth (the capital city of WA), on the Albany Highway and is the "Gateway to the Great Southern Region". It is a small rural community with a local grocery store, arts and crafts shops, café, newsagency, petrol stations and accommodation.
“Mariescombe” – the Williams Wildfire Westernationals launch site which is located 15km south of the townsite, is a working farm with within a wool, livestock and grain producing area.
Narrogin is larger town located 30km east of Williams with shopping centres and a variety of retail shops (e.g. Coles, Target, Retravison, Chicken Treat, McDonalds, KFC), banks, hospital, accommodation, petrol station, etc.
ACCOMMODATION, CAMPING, CATERING & FACILITIES
Tents, caravans, RV’s, etc. are all welcome onsite at WWW for your comfortable stay.
Potable toilets are available onsite, no showering facilities (Williams Roadhouse’s and the local caravan park has shower and toilets amenities)
Limited drinking water is available onsite although water can be accessed at the Williams Roadhouse’s.
Full camping kitchen with food & drinks available (gold coin donation) or provided. Please see further information below (Catering) and Registration page.
Coffee and tea facilities
Dining tables and limited chairs available, please BYO chairs & any additional tables
Camp fire (x 2) for your warmth and enjoyment. Children are to be strictly supervised.
BYO alcohol or purchase it locally at the Williams Hotel (Bottlemart Express) or the liquor stores in Narrogin.
Accommodation can be found locally or within the area.
Vicki and Darren Aylmore from Williams Motel & Shady Acre Caravan Park are the supporters of WWW 2017.
Address: 5 Williams Street, Williams Phone: 08 9885 1192
CATERING – please advise any allergies or dietary requirements
- Breakfast paella
- Ham & cheese croissants
Saturday Lunch – Rocket Dogs
- Sausage in a bun (2 small) & drink ($5.00 per person)
Saturday Night Banquet – “Le Voyage dans la Lune” Tapas & Canapés
- A change to the traditional roast banquet – Moon-themed savoury treats
Adult = $25.00, 12-18 years = $10.00, children under 12 years of age eat free
- Breakfast paella
Sunday Lunch – TBC (Gold coins donation)