Achieving fluid camera movement has bedeviled filmmakers since the first moving picture was produced. While hand-held camera shots are ideal for some situations (brief sequences or getting the “reality feel”), they often generate a wobbly recording as soon as the camera operator starts moving. Since extended shots with this type of footage can cause motion sickness in some viewers, most filmmakers do their best to avoid it.
The camera dolly is the oldest and most common method of getting a camera moving smoothly. While a dolly may be perfect for many situations, moving on uneven terrain, navigating stairs, or traveling ...