For the past month we have featured highlights from our collection of books on film in our window. In addition, we have been showing select short films from the original special effects pioneer Georges Méliès on a small screen as part of the display. Méliès discovered and mastered stop-motion photography, which can help create the illusion of people and objects appearing and disappearing instantaneously. He also pioneered double exposure techniques so he could appear to be seven different members of his own band, all of whom are, in fact, the same person! His most famous film is the 1902 silent classic A Trip to the Moon.
Special thanks go to Stanford University Professor Emerita Jan Krawitz, who provided us with a number of books on special topics such as British cinema, lighting technique, and documentary film production and perspectives.