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

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Moving composition

Operators work very hard to find the perfect opening and ending frames of a shot. Our compositions are strengthened with graphic lines, stacking colors, and balancing masses within the frame. All the traditional compositional theory applies.

Composition is just as important in a moving picture as in photos and paintings. All operators should be aware of the rule of thirds, the golden mean, compositional mass, perspective, color, lighting, etc. Add because our shots seldom remain static, we have a lot more going on than setting up that perfect opening frame.

What separates moving pictures from static pictures is time and sound. Time forces us to consider how one composition evolves into another, not just how things look when ...

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