I have just been on the most rewarding Steadicam job of my career. I’m 58 years old and I bicycled to work every day in Paris, as eager and excited as a kid. The last shot, at the end of the last day was, I believe, my lifetime-best work; and may have shown a glimpse into the future of my invention.

La Traviata, live from Paris, June 3rd and 4th, 2000. Four separate half-hour segments broadcast live to 120 countries from four historic Paris locations. Photographed by Vittorio Storaro, produced by Andrea Andermann, directed by Giuseppe Patroni Griffi and conducted by Zubin Mehta. The world press called it ‘a mad risky high-wire act’ on the part of the largely Italian crew.

Via microwave our shots flew across Paris to a monitor on Zubin’s ...

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