by Garrett Brown
I recently taught Anthony Dod Mantle (the great Danish handheld cameraman) to operate the lightweight Steadicam Flyer, so he could shoot an intensely personal docudrama in South Africa. Afterward, he sent me this email:
“You are right in predicting that however bad or good I have been at it, I will never be the same again. I discovered a kind of personal knife through butter Zen. I cannot explain it to you really. Something in all honesty has happened inside of me. It was alive before but it is certainly even more alive now than ever. With Steadicam you have helped me to get closer to finding the magic space in between the planned and the unexpected and you have licensed me to travel through it at leisure and ...