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Q&A with Dave Chameides
By: AMG - 30 Oct, 2012
Do you remember the first time you saw or heard of the Steadicam?----I was in school at NYU working as an AC on a "feature" called Crawdaddies in upstate NY. Horror movie, no pay, mud, sleeping on the ground if we did, ahh the glory of youth and being a filmaker. Anyhoo, this guy named Bob Fiske who I am still friends with came out with this contraption he had built out of things he had lying arou...read the full article

Q&A with BJ McDonnell, SOC
By: AMG - 22 Feb, 2012
Do you remember the first time you saw or heard of the Steadicam?----The first time was watching Aliens and seeing the arms used to mount Vasquez rifle. I was so intrigued by this and I couldn't stop drawing them in art class. I then found out what it was after watching behind the scenes of movies growing up.--------What was it about the Steadicam that made you want to pursue it as a career?----I ...read the full article

The "Big" Rig Dilemma
By: Tom - 12 May, 2011
In the few years since I decided that I wanted to pursue Steadicam as a career, I’ve spent a lot of time trying to figure out what direction I wanted to go in, gear-wise. I’ve poured over countless rigs, new and used, read every review I could get my hands on, looked through pages upon pages of posts over on the Steadicam Forum, and done more business planning and financial hand-wringing as is pro...read the full article

Q&A with Christopher TJ McGuire
By: SteadiShots - 04 May, 2011
Do you remember the first time you saw or heard of the Steadicam?----'Rocky'! .... The inspirational film that motivated most of my Teenager years - I first spied Mr Garrett Brown ringside with the Rig that would change my life!--------What was it about the Steadicam that made you want to pursue it as a career?----I was an Athlete at school following on from my Dad - I trained pretty much most of ...read the full article

Q&A with Dave Knox
By: AMG - 03 May, 2011
Do you remember the first time you saw or heard of the Steadicam?----Well, there was "The Shining", which made a big splash, but I remember seeing "One From the Heart", a Francis Coppola film operated by Garrett Brown around the same time. All the sequences, camera movements, even the sets were designed around the Steadicam's capabilities. Fantastic!------------What was it about the Steadicam that...read the full article

Q&A with Charles Papert, SOC
By: SteadiShots - 01 May, 2011
Do you remember the first time you saw or heard of the Steadicam?----I read Pauline Kael's review of "The Shining" where she referenced the Steadicam--sounded fascinating to a 14 year old with a developing interest in camerawork. Three years later I found my first copy of "American Cinematographer" with, coincidentally, part one of Ted Churchill's article "Steadicam: An Operator's Perspective", wh...read the full article

Q&A with Amando Crespo Gonzalez
By: SteadiShots - 01 May, 2011
Do you remember the first time you saw or heard of the Steadicam?----Yes... at 1988, I couldn't understand how a camera could fly over the set...------------What was it about the Steadicam that made you want to pursue it as a career?----I think that Steadicam loved me... It was a "love story" ...------------What were some of the biggest challenges you remember about becoming a Steadicam operator?-...read the full article

Angenieux Introduces New Lightweight Zoom
By: AMG - 14 Apr, 2011
With the Steadicam in the back of their minds, Angenieux unveiled its newest lens in their line of lightweight zooms at the NAB convention in Las Vegas. The 45-120 weighs in at 4.3lbs and is only 8 inches long from the PL mount in the rear to the 114mm front element housing. Joining its lightweight predecessors, the 15-40 and 28-76, the new lens completes a DP's need for a substantial range of f...read the full article

Steadicam faces its toughest competition yet
By: SteadiShots - 01 Apr, 2011
After nearly 40 years as the dominant tool in the competitive Personally-Wearable-Motion-Picture-Camera-Stabilization-System market (PWMPCSS), the Steadicam gets thrown out of balance - both static AND dynamic - by a product that can literally fit in the palm of your hand. --------Enter The Steadiglove.  Using ultra top secret, proprietary technology, the Steadiglove looks like nothing more t...read the full article

Steadicam brother Richard Steel dies at 40
By: SteadiShots - 01 Apr, 2011
As his career was taking new and exciting turns, Steadicam Operator Richard Steel of Lasswade, Scotland - just outside of Edinburgh - was killed in an automobile accident Wednesday morning. --------Richard graduated Stevenson College in the UK in 1988 with a degree in Audio Visual Communications.  Shortly after, he worked as an AV technician for Market Factor, a company in Edinburgh providing...read the full article

Q&A with Alec Jarnagin, SOC
By: SteadiShots - 21 Mar, 2011
Do you remember the first time you saw or heard of the Steadicam?----I was just out of college. I met Charles Papert who was DPing a corporate shoot.--------What was it about the Steadicam that made you want to pursue it as a career?----The magic and physicality of it.--------What were you doing prior to Steadicam?----I was an electrician. I wanted to become a cameraman. I was working in a kalideo...read the full article

 

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