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The Steadicam® Operator's Handbook by Laurie Hayball, Jerry Holway

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Moving with the rig

the operator makes it float

Walking is controlled falling. Everyone walks by leaning forward and then placing a foot underneath the new center of gravity — otherwise we would fall down. How we shift our eg. determines how we move, how fast we go — sticking our eg. way out in front makes us run to stay upright.

Walking correctly is the first to good operating.

For most operators, there is little difference in how they walk normally and how they walk wearing a Steadicam, except perhaps that with the rig, they walk backwards a lot.

Controlling how you walk will have a huge effect on your operating. In one sense, the Steadicam is a pendulum, and it responds to any lateral movement by rocking and rolling. If you shuffle along, ...

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