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

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Negotiating tight spaces

First of all, what makes the space tight? If it's furniture, set dressing, or an actor, can it be moved? Moved a little? Moved while no one is watching? Sometimes the object that makes it hard for you to maneuver isn't going to show up on screen, and it can be removed or replaced by a grip. Other skills or personnel may be required to move an actor out of the way

What is it about you, the Steadicam, and the space that makes it tight? If you are shooting forward, usually the problem is where the arm meets the vest. If you are shooting to the side, usually the sled length is the limiting factor. You may have balanced the rig initially in a very expansive configuration, making it impractical for the small space. Understanding ...

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