In the early 20th century, motion pictures were in their infancy. They were seen as a gimmick, something to pass the time between Vaudeville acts. That changed when a French filmmaker named Georges Méliès proceeded to take his audience to the moon.
At 13 minutes, Méliès’ A Trip to the Moon was groundbreaking due to its length, intricate sets, elaborate costumes, and coherent story. It is not only the earliest example of a science fiction film, it also laid the foundation for narrative films of all genres.
The Blackwing 1138 salutes A Trip to the Moon and all things sci-fi. Using a process known as movie barcoding, we condensed the entirety of the film into individual bands of color and applied it to the barrel of the pencil. Click here to read more about the Blackwing 1138.