How do we get this shot?

by Charles Papert

Who decides whether a given shot will be performed on Steadicam, dolly, or crane? Some directors are camera savvy enough to have a specific type of motion in mind when they design a sequence in prep; others will rely on the DP to make this decision. Certainly, if Steadicam is being day played and thus scheduled in advance this is no casual decision. However, it's more common these days for Steadicam to be available full time with the A- or B-camera position not — to mention two ACs, the grip, and the craft service people who love to tell you that they have Steadicams at home also!

For A-camera/Steadicam jobs, I like to work with DPs who encourage my participation and input on scene breakdowns. As we ...

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