Video Assist, Jerry Lewis 1966 behind the scenes featurette “Man in Motion”

Jerry Lewis first used video assist on his film The Bellboy in 1960.

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JERRY LEWIS IS THE BELLBOY AT THE FONTAINEBLEAU HOTEL

 

Lewis himself received a Technical Achievement Award for his invention of the video assist, a device that allowed him to view footage right after it was filmed. That way, he was able to jump back and forth between directing and acting.

Here is a more advanced system seen in the behind the scenes film “Man in Motion” shot during the making of “Three on a Couch.” The video will start at the section that shows video assist, you can go back to the beginning if you wish.

A very good video about “Jerry’s Noisy Toy.” On location it was in a trailer like Coppola’s “Silverfish.” Coppola’s system was also a previs tool.

Here is a follow up post on video assist.

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