Steadicam� Operator's Handbook

ISBN-10: 024082380X

ISBN-13: 9780240823805

Edition: 2nd 2013 (Revised)

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Description: The next best thing to an intensive training workshop on how to use the Steadicam® and become a successful owner-operator, this book brings together interviews and instruction by the world's premier Steadicam professionals to get you up and running with your rig and to improve. The revised edition offers video interviews and footage showing the Steadicam in action on the book's companion website bringing this instruction one step closer to in-person training. Learn all aspects of Steadicam operating in one comprehensive package with hours of video on the website and over 1300 full-color photos and illustration.Both informational and inspirational, THE STEADICAM® OPERATOR'S HANDBOOK moves from the physics and balancing of a Steadicam, through a series of step-by-step line dances and practice shots, to the most personal aspects of filmmaking-how individual operators make creative and practical decisions using this unique camera setup. The book discusses the wide array of equipment and accessories currently available, and it also illustrates the latest operating techniques and tricks, a variety of strategies for working with others, and the business side of a Steadicam career, from buying your best rig to negotiating deals with producers and unit production managers.Also included are observations and anecdotes-inspirational, funny, instructive, and cautionary-written by a number of other experienced Steadicam operators around the world, including the legendary inventor of the Steadicam himself, Garrett Brown. THE STEADICAM® OPERATOR'S HANDBOOK is both a master class and a master reference for all camera operators and directors who want to move the camera well.* NEW companion website provides exclusive video instruction and interviews * Revised edition includes updated movie examples, and ample coverage of new technologies (such as using Steadicam for 3D filming) and accessories * Written and contributed by the premier Steadicam experts in the world * Offers the opportunity for novice camera operators to learn the skill sets needed to build and move forward in their careers * Lavishly illustrated in full color to show the various techniques, equipment, and line dances used by Steadicam operators * The techniques presented in this book apply to any type of stabilization rig

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Book details

Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 10/1/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 458
Size: 8.50" wide x 11.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 3.300

Introduction
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The history of the Steadicam is pretty well known
How to begin
The Steadicam�“ and its parts
Wearing the Steadicam�“
Basic Physics
Getting to know the rig: Basic Steadicam terms
Build the Steadicam
Four balancing acts
Static balance
Dynamic balance
Getting started
Putting on the Steadicam
Moving with the rig
The right touch
Starting and stopping
The camera's path
Making the switch
Variations on the line dance
Memorizing the shot
Beyond the basics
Low mode
Navigation
Keeping the camera level
Steadicam posture
General health and operating
Women and Steadicam
Are you ready?
My big break by Dan Kneece
Steadicam�“ and filmmaking
Basic shot design
Take after take by Janice Arthur
Your role as storyteller
Point of view
Moving composition
Strong camera moves
Movement techniques
Would you care to dance?
Moving through space
Floating the camera
No second takes by Peter Abraham
Putting the rig on the other side
Negotiating tight spaces
Running with a rig
Framing techniques
More on operating
Framing corrections
Precise framing techniques
Lock offs
Whip pans
Longer lenses
Zoom lenses
Pass-bys
Telling the story
Getting to work
Accessories
Focus pulling
Preparing for a shoot
Communication
Using grips wisely
Extending the range of movement
Inventing the wheel
Configuring the rig
Flying with a motorized stage
Inertial augmentation and balance
Gyros Vertical control
Arm posts
Extending the range of options Steadicam�“ and vehicles
To ride or not to ride?
Hard mount or soft mount
Safety, speed, communication
Types of vehicles
Endurance by Brant Fagan
Vehicles to avoid
Turkish helicopter by Jacob Bonfils
Interesting vehicles we like
The business side of Steadicam
Buying a Steadicam
Negotiating your deal
Advertising Insurance
Unique environments and requirements
Weather alerts
Survivor No. 1 by Scott Lakey
Documentaries and industrials
Capturing reality by Chris Fawcett
Video and Steadicam Steadicam and live TV by Lars Riis
Heavy cameras
Unintended consequences
Lightweight rigs
Steadicam light by Garrett Brown
Lightweight Steadicam
Garrett's big night out
The experienced operator
The right attitude
Additional concerns
How do we get this shot? by Charles Papert
Breaking the rules
The emotional stuff
Long shots
A great walk and talk
The long Steadicam shot by Larry McConkey
Camera Darwinism �Ǡand Action!
Conclusion
How was it?
Acknowledgments
DVD References
Websites
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