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

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No second takes

by Peter Abraham

My tally light is on, so it's my shot, Live. Ninety six degrees, 95% humidity. No second takes. Tweety-three other camera operators, two Supercranes, two blimps, SkycamTM soaring overhead — and one billion viewers are watching my shot. A billion. It's the opening ceremonies of the Centennial Olympics in Altanta, and it's unlike any other live show )I have ever worked on.

The dynamics of live television are the antithesis of feature film work involving a single camera. We never reload and we never go back to one.

When shooting a scene with one camera on the Steadicam, the operator has the chance to have enormous emotional input. When doing this kind of large live show with multiple cameras, my role was to blend ...

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