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

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keeping safe on your feet

Most Steadicam operating involves walking backward with your eyes glued to the monitor and your brain occupied with balance, level, and framing.

Each shot consists of an established sequence of frames that tell a story. In order to achieve these frames, the camera must follow a specific path. If you drift off this path, the shot is compromised.

While it is smart to have a grip spotting you, it is not recommended that he physically lead you through the set or around obstacles. Depending on a grip to navigate throughout the shot is self-defeating. The force he puts on your body will likely disturb your critical sense of balance with the rig. You will end up fighting between the pull of the grip and the pull ...

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