Jerry Lewis the Inventor
Posted by keelynet on November 8, 2008
There’s a BRAIN in there?
“As well as defining postwar American humour and producing a string of hit comedy films, Lewis is also responsible for an invention that changed the way films are made. For the 1960 film The Bellboy Jerry invented a device called the “video assist”, now standard on any film set. It allows a director to immediately view a scene that has been filmed. He holds the US patent on the device, which, he says, ensures “my kids will never go to a community college”. It was the challenge of directing himself that inspired the invention. “The video assist not only helped me do what I needed to do to be in two places at once, it also gave me tremendous answers that filmmakers for years never had until they looked at the dailies. I had the answers a minute after shooting it.” – Source
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