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

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Breaking the rules

alternative techniques

What we suggest in workshops — and in this book — is that it's essential to master “the grammar” of Steadicam (just as it is for all an forms) before this unique language can provide a flexible instrument appropriate to the moment and responsive to inspiration.

In other words, what we teach is what we've learned works for a lot of operators, and what works to develop the skills of Steadicam quickly and clearly. We also teach when it's useful to break the rules to get the shot.

There are plenty of alternate ways to operate a Steadicam. There are many successful operators making great shots with form, balance, and techniques that are less than ideal. One against the rules technique we find interesting is ...

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