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

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Point of view

The Steadicam is by far the best filmmaking tool for human,animal,or alien POVs. You can create both a smooth, naturalistic view and any movement that is consistent with the human's — or the beast's — movement. The Steadicam can hold the angry stare of a wronged woman as she walks by her ex-husband, float from one object to another like a child in a candy store, or frantically search the house for the missing keys, the bomb about to go off, etc. The Steadicam can also instantly alter its behavior from the omniscient, removed storyteller into a character's POV, and back again. Such a versatile tool!

Basic techniques for creating a good POV

Change the framing from your standard composition to a “center-punched” framing. In the real ...

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