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

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Garrett's big night out

In 40 years of shooting, one of my best assignments was a revelatory all-nighter in September 1989, with that original Merlin-like JR prototype.

The Philadelphia Committee for the Homeless called to ask if I would shoot a documentary for high school kids with misguided notions about the “freedom” of the streets, to show them the true grim picture.

PCH had helped one highly intelligent, formerly homeless kid named Michael Bowden pull himself up and get back into society and he volunteered to moderate the video and be our guide to that strange lost world. But he had been a denizen for 18 months and knew that if we arrived with a full crew, Steadicam, asistants, lights, etc., our would-be subjects would melt away into the ...

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