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■ •*. On June 24 Mr Gaston Melies, and a complete kinematograph outfit, consisting of operators, stage managers, and a complete dramatic company, set out from San Francisco by the Manuka for the South Seas, for the purpose .. of gathering fresh material m novel settings for moving pictures. Mr Gaston Melies was the first one to make'cowboy pictures, and is a brother of Mr Geo. Melies, the father of the picture business m the United States. ,He/has offices ,m Paris and Ne\v" York, and a "picture farm" at Santa (Paula 1 . He is to visit' New Zealand next month, and m all probability will bring, -the J erttire company with him. Mr Edmund .Mitchell will .write the scenario -and 'dialogues of the pictures to be worked; 'tout iqi.the Islands, and probably m New Zealand.' - v ..>,■.:.»■ " ',',l ..beh'eve the . public is getting a Imtle .tired of cowboys -and' the • p^fairie lffle 'of. America," said .Mt" Melies' to a San Francisco Call reporter. . f.'l am-go-ing to tlry'to gtet 1 something new. We wfll reproduce -m moving . pictures' the customs" of the South, Sea* ..lslanders, the scope of our work being divided: into dramatiov^and educational linesl We ■will get pictures of a marriage, funeral, a dance, a festival, and such like "for educational purposes. ..'•'■••■".■ • "For our dramatic sketches I have two or three stories planned. Our actors will take the leading roles, and will be added by the natives of the country through which we are passing. "A great many pictures of experiences m foreign or untrayelled lands j are what we call studio pictures. The public might call them fakes. I intend to have every detail of the South Sea Island pictures correct, and for this reason expect to spend upwards of 200,000 dollars (£40,000)." . The full troupe consists of Mr Bertram Bracken, director; Mr Melies; Mr George ScOtt, operator for educational pictures; Mr Hugh M 'Clung, dramatic operator; Mr Gustave Henschen, photographic operator; Mr Samuel Wiel, stage manager- Mr John Urtiga, master of transportation; Mr Henry Stanley, characters ; » Mr William Ehfe, juvenile lead; Mr Ray Gallagher, heavy; Mr Leo. Pierson, juvenile ; Miss Mildred Bracken, juvenile lead; ,Miss 'Fanny Midgley, character, and Miss ' Betty Tracy, ingenue. Mr Melies intends to take a lot of pictures m New Zealand, including native dances m suitable surroundings.'

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SOUTH SEA PICTURES., Poverty Bay Herald, Volume XXXIX, Issue 12853, 28 August 1912

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SOUTH SEA PICTURES. Poverty Bay Herald, Volume XXXIX, Issue 12853, 28 August 1912