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

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and Action!

what really is going on when you are operating?

Let's concentrate on one moment in one shot in the movie, Donnie Brasco. Lefty Rug-giero (Al Pacino) steps away from Donnie Brasco (Johnny Depp) after borrowing some of his money. It's a simple moment, but an important one.

It's crucial that the audience sees Donnie's reaction as Lefty walks away. Lefty moves off firs, very fast. We are generally attracted to moving objects, but I had to hold the frame long enough for the audience to understand that the story was now with Donnie. I also wanted the audience to feel assured that they are watching the right thing, that the camera-storyteller was in control.

Look at the framing while they are talking. It's unbalanced, with a lot of space ...

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