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Author Holway, Jerry
Title The Steadicam operator's handbook [electronic resource] / Jerry Holway and Laurie Hayball
Imprint Burlington, MA : Focal Press, c2009
book jacket
Descript xii, 426 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 28 cm
Elsevier
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 414-415) and index
INTRODUCTION -- Cut. Print. Great. -- The history of the Steadicam is pretty well known -- How to begin -- SECTION ONE: the Steadicamʼ and its parts -- Wearing the Steadicamʼ -- 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: Steadicamʼ 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 Steadicamʼ 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
Electronic reproduction. Amsterdam : Elsevier Science & Technology, 2010. Mode of access: World Wide Web. System requirements: Web browser. Title from title screen (viewed on Jan. 14, 2010). Access may be restricted to users at subscribing institutions
Camera operators and video enthusiasts around the world search for the training and information they need to successfully use the Steadicamʼ, the most versatile tool for moving a motion picture or video camera. Every year, about 500 people in the world are lucky enough to take an intensive training workshop (some of the top workshops are taught by the authors of this book), but these workshops are expensive and sell out as a matter of course: the instructors simply can't keep up with the high demand. As a result, the vast majority of people have no practical way to learn what has become an essential camera operating skill. For the first time, THE STEADICAMʼ OPERATOR'S HANDBOOK illuminates all aspects of Steadicam operating in one comprehensive package. With over 1300 full-color photos, it's the comprehensive how-to and why-to book for the amateur, semi-pro, and professional. Written by the premier Steadicam instructors in the world, this book covers everything a cameraman needs to get started using a Steadicam rig and to get better. Both informational and inspirational, THE STEADICAMʼ 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. 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 STEADICAMʼ 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. Foreword written by Garrett Brown! * Written 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 Steadicam rig * Provides a comprehensive understanding of the skill sets to successfully operate a Steadicam, including techniques not even covered in official workshops
Elsevier
Link Original 9780240811659 0240811658 (OCoLC)288985310
Subject Steadicam (Trademark) -- Handbooks, manuals, etc
Motion picture camera stabilization systems -- Handbooks, manuals, etc
Cinematography
Electronic books. local
Alt Author Hayball, Laurie White
ScienceDirect (Online service)
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