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

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Are you ready?

taking the leap into operating

As a Steadicam student, you might not ever feel totally ready to shoot that first job. There's always one more thing you want to master before exposing yourself to the heartless filmmakers and impatient producers crowded around the monitor at video village. But, the day comes when you must.

Where to start

A good place to start is to volunteer for a student production at a local film school. Volunteer for documentaries, industrials, commercials — even music videos — not just for student versions of “movies.” Most Steadicam operators got their start doing just that. We did.

Film school. Ah, yes. In most cases, film students have no money, but are rich in time. (As you move up the film budget ladder, ...

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