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Jerry Lewis

Presented by the Academy's Science and Technology Council

With special guest Jerry Lewis

Famous for being a consummate entertainer, actor, director, writer and producer, Jerry Lewis is also considered by many in the film industry to be an innovative jack-of-all trades behind the camera. In one of his most noted technical achievements, Lewis was the first director-actor to make use of a "closed circuit television preview system" (now commonly referred to as video assist) on an American feature film, with his 1960 film "The Bellboy."

Throughout his many decades of filmmaking, Lewis has maintained a keen interest in advancing audio and visual technology in motion pictures, and USC invited him to share his expertise in a 1967 graduate course on film directing. Lewis’s lectures were compiled into a 1971 book titled The Total Film-Maker, which has been acclaimed as a guide to every aspect of the moviemaking process from budgeting and casting through post-production.

Academy Award-winning visual effects supervisor Craig Barron and Academy Award-winning sound designer Ben Burtt were present for an onstage conversation with Lewis focusing on his love and mastery of technology.

In addition to examining Lewis’s creative use of audio and visual effects in clips from many of his films, including "The Bellboy" (1960), "The Errand Boy," (1962), "The Nutty Professor" (1963), "The Patsy" (1964) and "Three on a Couch" (1966), the program featured rare stills to illuminate the story of "Jerry’s Noisy Toy."

Lewis was the recipient of the Academy’s Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in 2008.

Event Information

September 13, 2012
Samuel Goldwyn Theater
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