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

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Additional concerns

on the set

Keeping tabs on everything

It may not seem fair, with all the things you've got to do as a Steadicam operator, that you are not relieved of the usual operator tasks. You are still responsible for the set, what's in and what's out. You've got to watch the lighting, bogies, crosses, wisps of hair, nose shadows, makeup, placement of other cameras, everything.

Early in my Steadicam career, I thought that the DP and just about everyone else would understand what would be in frame throughout a long complex shot. I was horrified, when during a casual walk through, I'd find that the DP had placed a light directly in the frame or my path. And the rest of the camera crew had even set up a camera where I'd see it. I mean, ...

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