The Magic of Melies Contest - CLOSED

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Our new event, read everything SO you DO not make ANY mistakes.

This event is a tribute to the fantastic works of Georges Méliès.

Georges Méliès

Was a French illusionist and film director who led many technical and narrative developments in the earliest days of cinema. Méliès was an especially prolific innovator in the use of special effects, popularizing such techniques as substitution splices, multiple exposures, time-lapse photography, dissolves, and hand-painted color. He was also one of the first filmmakers to use storyboards.


Georges Méliès Signature.svg

We'll give two movies to inspire you, choose one of the themes below:

Theme 1:  A Trip to the Moon

The film follows a group of astronomers who travel to the Moon in a cannon-propelled capsule, explore the Moon's surface, escape from an underground group of Selenites (lunar inhabitants), and return to Earth with a captive Selenite.

The moment in which the capsule lands in the Moon's eye remains one of the most iconic and frequently referenced images in the history of cinema. It is widely regarded as the earliest example of the science fiction film genre and, more generally, as one of the most influential films in cinema history.

This film is full of surreal scenarios literally from another planet, you can represent in your entry some of these scenes.

Theme 2:   The Kingdom of the fairies

Kingdom of the Fairies is a 1903 French silent film directed by Georges Méliès.

While most of the film was shot indoors, the nuptial cortege scene near the end was filmed outdoors in Méliès's garden, with a real horse. Special effects in the film were created with stage machinery, rolling panoramas, miniature models, pyrotechnics, substitution splices, superimpositions, and dissolves.

Every frame of this film is an inspirational piece of art, this film is full of incredible underwater scenes with giant octopus, shipwreck, goddesses... etc.

More information about the theme:

You can represent any scene from both of the above movies, this image below is from the movie The Invention of Hugo Cabret, which can inspire you. The scene below represents the movie ''Kingdom of the Fairies'' (theme 2).

- You can represent a specific scene, some of the characters or just the concept of the scenario.
- You can create a manipulation with a theatrical style or something realistic.

- Say in the description which movie inspired you, if you want you can put a print screen of the scene that you represented.
- It does not have to look exactly the same, probably will be difficult to find similar stocks, so you can just create something inspired by some of these movies.


As always our Big events, the competitors' entries are divided by levels, such as Advanced, Intermediate and Beginner. In this way everyone can participate and have a fair chance to win.

To be fairer, the founders of the group Wesley-Souza and Whendell  (and with the opinion of other jurors)  will decide which category you will enter, why? In past events members have sent their entries to the wrong categories, beginners submited into advanced for example, so this artist will not have a fair chance to compete with advanced skills artists.

Then will have only one folder for you submit, and we will tell you in which category you will be judged.

Amount of winners

3 winners ( 1º , 2º and 3º place) in each category, total: 9.


- Credit All stock use.

- All stock and resources must come from legitimate sources.

- Artwork must be created specifically for this contest.

- All entries must include a link to this journal in the description.
Example: My Entry for the The Magic of Melies Contest at The-Imaginarium.

- You can enter up to two entries per member, but only one can receive award.

- We accept only Photomanipulation and Mixed Media.

- No D.A watermark, just your little signature.

A Trip to the Moon

Kingdom of the Fairies


New deadline: 9st June.

Where to submit

We will move your entry to the right folder category (advanced, intermediate, beginner).

Judgment Info:

- The judges of this competition are Wesley-Souza  |  Whendell | ErikShoemaker   | Incantata | Rowye


Community votes

The same method of voting of the short challenge (link)

- All the entries will to go to the public vote.

We'll inform better about this at the end of the contest, when the voting starts.


1° Place :

- 2.725 :points: + more prizes.

2° Place

- 2.002 :points: + more prizes.

3° Place

- 1.050 :points: + more prizes.

See the full list of prizes here: Full list of Prizes

Welcome to donate prizes, you can donate whatever you want.

Note the group if you need help or have further questions.


some useful information:

Tips for Beginners MembersUPDATE artorifreedom wrote a great article about commercial work, if you want to start doing commercial work (books/cds/ etc) read the journal, find the link at the bottom of this blog.
Four years ago I created my account and literally was lost, I had many doubts, and in those years I discovered many things and decided to do a special blog with such useful information for beginners because every day brings new members who are also lost, then I am posting this to try and help in some way some beginners :) (Smile) 
Start in the community in a good way.
Be an active member and try to participate and be part of the community, participate in contests, events, make friends, make journal feature, it is always good to see people sharing works, it does not matter if you still do not have many watchers, it's always good to see works being sharing and helping promote. Post your work in groups so that
    Tips for Beginners Members - part 2 (stock)I realized that many people have difficulties about what are stock images and how and why to credit stock providers, and how linking back to the used stock photos, I refer here: Dear Photomanipulators from CD-STOCK ( thanks CD-STOCK ), so here is a tutorial journal especially about stock.
Review the first part here: Tips for Beginners Members you can find useful things.
This second part you will find all the basic and initial information about stock image.
I've talked about stock in my previous journals, but I also needed a journal only about stock, then decide to collect everything and put here.
What are Stock?

  Aquick explanation: available images for use in personal or commercial, free or paid
    Not legitimate stock tips /how to reportMany people ask me what this term means ¨not legitimate stock¨

and always ask me how I know? how to identify?. so I decide to post a journal with many tip,

first...the things written here in this journal, I did a long search. and I'm doing this to help and inform people about this subject.
and first I'll tell because I started getting interested in this subject. three things happened that made me pay attention in this detail.
1 - a long time ago, I used the stock from pixabay in some premades. and unfortunately I did not know that this site is not reliable, so I was denounced and I had all my contents posted in stock removed.
2 - I used a premade, but the person who did this premade used a stock that was not allowed to be used, and this premade was denounced and people who used also have been denounced and had my manipulation was moved to scrap for infringed copyright.
3 - I used a PNG, and after

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Mr-Ripley's avatar
Hi. This is my entry =D
Invaders from Earth by Mr-Ripley
ImaraOfNeona's avatar
Can you please add me to the Imaginarium?? 
ImaraOfNeona's avatar
My entry isn't in any folder  yet.
Wesley-Souza's avatar
- Send to the Contest Folder
- All entries must include a link to this journal in the description.
Example: My Entry for the The Magic of Melies Contest at The-Imaginarium.
ImaraOfNeona's avatar
Can I send it if I'm not a member of The -Imaginarium??
ImaraOfNeona's avatar
I tried to send it but I couldn't. :/
Wesley-Souza's avatar
Our submissions are not automatic, so now you can send to the folder, it's accepted.
ImaraOfNeona's avatar
Thank you so much!!:) (Smile) 
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ImaraOfNeona's avatar
I would like to join. 
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gardjeto7's avatar
Super! Now I will have the time to enter :D (Big Grin) 
Raine17's avatar
What a fun contest! Here is my entry for theme "A trip to the moon".

Entry #1 The Magic of Melies by Raine17

Thank you!
Raine17's avatar
I did, thank you for accepting me into the group.
Artinthevein's avatar
Hello, I just wanted to know if there is any chance for an extension?
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