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

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Variations

on the line dance

The line dance has many variations, designed to give you the basic skill set to move the Steadicam with precision. Mastering the line dances will help you take maximum advantage of the Steadicam's unique qualities

Positioning your body

In this exercise, you will practice turning your body to accommodate the camera's direction of travel. This may involve a switch or a partial switch. Ideally, as the camera tracks along the line, your hips should turn toward the rig so that you are walking forward or backward. Do not cross your legs over each other. This will introduce a lot of bounce and require your arm hand to do extra work.

Here, the operator makes a switch in order to continue the shot walking forward. The camera ...

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