Georges Méliès was a famous filmmaker from the 1890’s up until the 1920’s. His most famous film is ‘A Trip to the Moon‘ (1902). I learned about him and this film in my drama class when my teacher screened Martin Scorsese’s ‘Hugo‘ (2011), based off of the book The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick.
I saw this at a time I was struggling with my video making. SO many obstacles. A year later, even more. A month ago I found the book in the children’s section and decided to give it a read. My first encounter with the story I mainly related to Hugo, unsure about just WHY I was here. Now, I feel like Georges Méliès.
“I like to imagine that the world is one big machine. You know, machines never have any extra parts. They have the exact number and type of parts they need. So I figure if the entire world is a big machine, I have to be here for some reason. And that means you have to be here for some reason, too.” -Hugo
Slowly, I’m trying to figure out my reason. I don’t know why I just can’t live my life without thinking about it. Maybe I need that motivation. It’s killing me, though.
“Maybe that’s why a broken machine always makes me a little sad, because it isn’t able to do what it was meant to do…Maybe it’s the same with people,” Hugo continued. “If you lose your purpose…it’s like your broken.” -Hugo
I always had this weird feeling that filming was my purpose. HELPING PEOPLE through my filming. Making a difference. But once a problem arises, I freak out, overexaggerate and give up way too easily. I feel broken.
I don’t want to be like Georges Méliès. I don’t want to give up my dreams. My dream will kill me either way. Chasing it or giving it all up. What have I got to lose, then?