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

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Making the switch

(you've walked the line, are,you ready to dance?)

Everyone feels pretty comfortable walking forward. You can see where you are going. You don't trip. You are able to avoid unexpected obstacles that may cross your path. This is a great way to operate the Steadicam: walking forward with the camera pointed forward.

What happens if the shot requires the camera to look in the opposite direction (behind you) while still moving down that same path? What if the camera pans 180° during the shot? Or what if the camera skims along a wall, leaving no room for the operator?

There is a solution. We call it making a switch. The operator moves around the camera while the camera's path remains constant. This movement involves changing from Missionary ...

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