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

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Long shots

every filmmaker's dream

The very first Steadicam shot in a movie was Garrett's brilliant 4 minute crane step-off and track with David Carradine through the crowd of migrant workers in Bound for Glory. Not only did the lack of cutting contribute to the realism of the moment, but the shot immersed the viewer in the story in a way never seen before on screen: both the characters and the omniscient camera were bound by the same physical laws of space and time.

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The best long Steadicam shots, like the one from Bound for Glory, are full of dramatic action, and there is a powerful human presence or connection to the camera that is transferred ...

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