I was just put on to this fantastic film by George Méliès by Shirley from Stitch Films. I highly recommend watching the whole thing – it’s a really wonderful adventure and I can’t quite believe it was originally made in 1902.
Le Voyage dans la Lune
It’s a damn sight better than a lot of shit put out these days.
If you’d like to find out more, check out the Wikipedia article on George Méliès.
He was very innovative in the use of special effects. He accidentally discovered the stop trick, or substitution, in 1896, and was one of the first filmmakers to use multiple exposures, time-lapse photography, dissolves, and hand-painted color in his films. Because of his ability to seemingly manipulate and transform reality with the cinematography, Méliès is sometimes referred to as the “Cinemagician.”