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

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General health and operating

Steadicam operating is a physical job. Therefore your general health is a factor in your ability to perform well.

Some things to keep in mind:

  • Don't smoke, for the obvious reasons (shortness of breath, death, etc.)
  • Increase your aerobic capacity through exercice.
  • Warm up your muscles before workinng
  • Stretch before and after you work with the rig.
  • Stay slim and fit.

 

Tip: Consuming a large meal before you are expected to carry the rig around is not a very good idea.

Steadicam is not just for the young and vigorous. But it is for the physically fit. There are many Steadicam operators who have worked into their 50s, even 60s. In order to improve your chances for a long and prosperous Steadicam career, you need ...

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