Many years before the movie industry became saturated with hundreds of movies using the same special effects and the same storyline, over and over, there existed an era in which people were truly wowed by venturing into a movie theater. In the past, movies represented an escape from everyday life. This film tells the story of a magician who singlehandedly revolutionized the filmmaking industry. Melies was a man who operated special effects decades before that phrase even existed in Hollywood. Using simple tools such as astronomy, his own paintings, and costume design, Melies created stunning visuals that captivated audiences worldwide.