The Steadicam Operator's Handbook / Edition 2

The Steadicam Operator's Handbook / Edition 2

by Jerry Holway, Laurie Hayball
     
 

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ISBN-10: 024082380X

ISBN-13: 9780240823805

Pub. Date: 10/03/2012

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Both informational and inspirational, THE STEADICAM® OPERATOR'S HANDBOOK is the number one comprehensive guide to becoming a successful owner and operator of the Steadicam. Packed with interviews and instruction by the world’s premier Steadicam professionals, this book will get you up and running with your rig in no time. You will learn a wide range of

Overview

Both informational and inspirational, THE STEADICAM® OPERATOR'S HANDBOOK is the number one comprehensive guide to becoming a successful owner and operator of the Steadicam. Packed with interviews and instruction by the world’s premier Steadicam professionals, this book will get you up and running with your rig in no time. You will learn a wide range of practices for the Steadicam, including the physics and balancing 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 support system. You will also learn 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.

  • Updated movie examples and ample coverage of new technologies and accessories, including Garrett Brown's new invention, The Tango® and using a Steadicam for filming 3D
  • Offers a complete course in itself: whether you’re a novice or experienced Steadicam operator, you can use this book to build your skill set and move forward in your career
  • Companion website (available here at www.steadicamoperatorhandbook.com) provides exclusive video instruction and interviews from Steadicam pros

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780240823805
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
10/03/2012
Pages:
472
Sales rank:
980,579
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 10.80(h) x 2.80(d)

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Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION
Cut. Print. Great.
The history of the Steadicam is pretty well known
How to begin

SECTION ONE: 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

SECTION TWO: 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

SECTION THREE: 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

SECTION FOUR: Steadicam® and filmmaking
Basic shot design
Take after take by Janice Arthur
your role as storyteller
Point of view
Moving composition
Strong camera moves

SECTION FIVE: 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

SECTION SIX: framing techniques
More on operating
Framing corrections
Precise framing techniques
Lock offs
Whip pans
Longer lenses
Zoom lenses
Pass-bys
Telling the story

SECTION SEVEN: getting to work
Accessories
Focus pulling
Preparing for a shoot
Communication
Using grips wisely

SECTION EIGHT: 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

SECTION NINE: 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

SECTION TEN: the business side of Steadicam
Buying a Steadicam
Negotiating your deal
Advertising Insurance

SECTION ELEVEN: 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

SECTION TWELVE: 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 ...and Action!

CONCLUSION
How was it?
Acknowledgments
DVD References
Websites

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