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The Filmmaker's Eye by Gustavo Mercado

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Steadicam shot

While dollies on wheels and tracks can effectively create smooth and expressive camera movement, their implementation can be difficult and limiting at times; for instance, no dollies or tracks can be used to move a camera up or down a set of stairs. Garret Brown’s invention of the Steadicam in 1976 solved this problem, adding a new kind of shot to the cinematic vocabulary available to filmmakers: the Steadicam shot. A Steadicam rig involves the use of a special vest with an articulated arm to which a camera is attached and stabilized with a gimbal system; the rig effectively isolates any shakiness caused by the movement of the operator, allowing for almost unlimited freedom of movement (restricted solely by the endurance of the ...

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