Imagination

     
 
This Movie Maker 2012 exercise teaches:
 


● How to create illusion with stop action, superimposition, and matte shooting
● How Méliès made movies out of impossible actions
● How “special effects” are as old as the movies

 
( Movie Maker 2012 downloads free here if your Windows 7 or Windows 8 OS lacks this Windows Essentials software).

 
  1. Download this footage.  
  2. Create a new widescreen Movie Maker project. Call it "Imagination." Import "FauxMelies1" into your collections. Preview it in the preview pane.  
  Use Méliès' original special effect—stop-action photography—to wrest "magic" from this 2 minutes 30 seconds shot. The camera in "FauxMelies1.mov" remains immobile, as Méliès' camera almost always did.  
  Trim "FauxMelies1" into 11 shots. Terminate and begin sequential shots where an actor freezes or "reacts" by cutting away any intervening footage. For instance, create shot 1 and shot 2 this way:  
 
Shot

>Begins
Ends]
 
What happens
1
 
Man 1 points with his wand towards screen left
         
2
  Man 1 recoils in surprise when the couch "appears."
         
  You just worked beside Méliès to re-invent the original special effect—stop-action cinematography. You're done! Your movie looks something like this.  
 
 
  3. Think about it more? Download this footage to imagine reworking it using Méliès's third favorite illusion, superimposition. With stop-action, freeze frames, and layering. Méliès made this, L'homme Orchestre (1900).