Do you ever wonder about the term movies?
The fact of the matter is that the term itself did not really refer to films. “Movies” was a term used to refer to people in the industry. In other words movies were filmmakers.
The fact is that “movies” was a term used with disdain. If you were a movie you were largely and generally considered trash of the worst kind of name to call someone.
In those days filmmakers were looked upon as invaders rather than welcome individuals. Incredible to think that the term we use now was actually politically incorrect.
Video assist allows filmmakers to see a take immediately after it’s been shot. Video assist is key simply because it aids the filmmaker in deciding if the take should be shot again, and how. What a lot of people don’t know is that video assist was influenced heavily by Jerry Lewis. The Nutty Professor himself was something special.
When he put together his classic film The Bellboy Jerry Lewis used a video camera to record while filming. This technique did not initially get tagged as video assist; still it was something that created a whole new way to aide directors. The funny thing is that The Bellboy was Jerry’s first directorial effort.