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

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Negotiating your deal

conversations

Most producers and unit production managers (UPMs) are straightforward and honest in their dealings with you. Of course, it's in their interest to get the best financial deal for the production, but they are also interested in making everything go smoothly. Any confusion about equipment or scheduling that causes a delay on set is very, very expensive. Try not to think of the conversation as adversarial.

Producers are not experts in everything related to Steadicam operating. It's your job to get the complete and full information to do your job. The producer may not be able to answer your questions (they are usually very busy and pressed for time), but he should direct you to someone who can help you prepare ...

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