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PostPosted: Sat Mar 07, 2015 5:56 pm    Post subject: The Avengers on Tomorrow's World Reply with quote

Yesterday, Kaleidoscope did another of their UK TV archive events. I must admit, I didn't pay attention to when this event was!

Anyway, I noticed that in yesterday's event was the following...

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6.00 pm Tomorrow’s World (Extracts)
New devices being used to make television production easier. Includes behind the scenes footage from The Avengers.
Originally transmitted 18.9.1968


The question is, what new device were they trying to show in the context of The Avengers? Also, what episode of the Avengers were they doing at the time? Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 08, 2015 12:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is probably the system that allowed the director to see the film images on a TV screen as they filmed instead of just having to look through the camera viewfinder. I forget the term for it.

Interesting, I wonder what episode they followed. It must have been season 6 as I don't think they used it before then.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 08, 2015 1:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It was called Add-A-Vision, which could be used as a CCTV system to watch filming and it also incorporated a playback facility so a director could almost instantly watch a take and decide if he wanted a retake.

It was based on a German system, which the Associated British Picture Corporation copied and refined, to be used on the in-house series The Avengers to speed up the filming process.

Director Robert Fuest disliked it and refused to use it, plus the system almost caused industrial action when it was discovered that the feed to The Avengers production office was being left on between takes. The crew were unhappy with this situation feeling the producers were watching them.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 08, 2015 10:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's the footage I discovered whilst working on the DVDs but sadly we couldn't clear it at the time.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 08, 2015 2:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

jaz wrote:
That's the footage I discovered whilst working on the DVDs but sadly we couldn't clear it at the time.


Oh that's a shame.

What episode did they feature being shot?
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 09, 2015 8:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

MikeR wrote:
It was called Add-A-Vision, which could be used as a CCTV system to watch filming and it also incorporated a playback facility so a director could almost instantly watch a take and decide if he wanted a retake.

It was based on a German system, which the Associated British Picture Corporation copied and refined, to be used on the in-house series The Avengers to speed up the filming process.

Director Robert Fuest disliked it and refused to use it, plus the system almost caused industrial action when it was discovered that the feed to The Avengers production office was being left on between takes. The crew were unhappy with this situation feeling the producers were watching them.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 09, 2015 11:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Darren wrote:
jaz wrote:
That's the footage I discovered whilst working on the DVDs but sadly we couldn't clear it at the time.


Oh that's a shame.

What episode did they feature being shot?


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 17, 2015 3:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This footage is included in full on this excellent Blu-ray release (also available on DVD):

Blu-ray: http://networkonair.com/shop/2047-filmed-in-supermarionation-this-is-supermarionation-5027626708047.html

DVD: http://networkonair.com/shop/2046-filmed-in-supermarionation-5027626404147.html

An excellent documentary - not about The Avengers of course - but highly recommended.

Despite the Gerry Anderson focus, the full Add-A-Vision report is included in the extras, including the Avengers footage.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2015 6:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MikeR wrote:
It was called Add-A-Vision, which could be used as a CCTV system to watch filming and it also incorporated a playback facility so a director could almost instantly watch a take and decide if he wanted a retake.

It was based on a German system, which the Associated British Picture Corporation copied and refined, to be used on the in-house series The Avengers to speed up the filming process.


Overall, I think that it is quite a successful technique? I can't remember if I've seen a behind the scenes documentary of a film being made where a TV monitor was used.

Courtesy of a link from Wikipedia, an interview with Robert Hays, an actor in Airplane...

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[AVClub.com]: Airplane has three directors. How was the job of direction split up?

[Robert Hays]: With them, it was great. Jerry Zucker was out next to camera and David Zucker and Jim Abrahams were back either on location in a little trailer or, when we were in the studio, in a little room off back a ways with the video feed so they could look at what the film was actually going to look like.
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