Monday, April 30, 2012

Melies quote of artists and businessmen

This is a story from Georges Méliès, early film director and visual effects artist. The film HUGO covered part of his life and the VES (Visual Effects Society) uses his image of a Rocket in the face of the moon as it's icon.

Big cinema producer said to Melies one day "Your mistake is to see everything from an artist point of view. That's why you'll always just be an artist and not a businessman."

I replied quite calmly "Sir, this is the highest praise. If you businessmen didn't have us artists to create and perform I wonder what you could sell?"

For those interested be sure to check out the DVD - Melies the Magician. It's on Netflix and likely other sources as well.  Amazing amount of work and accomplishment in film.


  1. didn't Melies die with with hardly a dollar to his name?

  2. AnonymousMay 02, 2012

    George was French so I doubt he had any dollars... Maybe a few Franc's though.....

    Brilliant qoute Scott, I never knew of that one.


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