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7th Feb '16 8:29:21 AM MegaMarioMan
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[[caption-width-right:300:Creator/StanleyKubrick with Garrett Brown and his invention, the SteadiCam]]

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* Steadicam harnesses were repurposed for the Smart Guns in ''Film/{{Aliens}}''. [[note]]The moment where Drake, out of ammunition for the Smart Gun, rips off the harness in one move? That's a genuine safety feature, put in place so the operator can ditch the entire rig quickly in an emergency.[[/note]]

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* Steadicam [=Steadicam=] harnesses were repurposed for the Smart Guns in ''Film/{{Aliens}}''. [[note]]The moment where Drake, out of ammunition for the Smart Gun, rips off the harness in one move? That's a genuine safety feature, put in place so the operator can ditch the entire rig quickly in an emergency.[[/note]]



* ''Film/{{Scream 1996}}'' has a scene which starts with a establishing crane shot, which then descends down to ground level and proceeds to follow the walking cast without a cut. This was done by having the Steadicam operator simply standing on a platform and stepping off when the crane reached the ground.

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* ''Film/{{Scream 1996}}'' has a scene which starts with a establishing crane shot, which then descends down to ground level and proceeds to follow the walking cast without a cut. This was done by having the Steadicam [=SteadiCam=] operator simply standing on a platform and stepping off when the crane reached the ground.
4th Dec '15 4:06:16 PM MRAustin
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* Steadicam harnesses were repurposed for the Smart Guns in ''Film/{{Aliens}}''.

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* Steadicam harnesses were repurposed for the Smart Guns in ''Film/{{Aliens}}''. [[note]]The moment where Drake, out of ammunition for the Smart Gun, rips off the harness in one move? That's a genuine safety feature, put in place so the operator can ditch the entire rig quickly in an emergency.[[/note]]
2nd Jul '15 8:39:48 PM nombretomado
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* While we're at it, ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}'', too.

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* While we're at it, ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}'', Galactica|2003}}'', too.
11th Jan '15 8:36:00 PM jamespolk
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* In ''Film/BoundForGlory'', it's used for a scene where Woody Guthrie walks through a work camp. This shot made a big impression on the film industry in 1976.
8th Sep '14 1:21:42 AM SpiderRider3
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The [=SteadiCam=] was first used by its inventor, Garrett Brown, in the film ''Bound For Glory'', for which its cinematographer Haskell Wexler won an Oscar. Brown himself eventually won both an Oscar and an Emmy for his invention. It is frequent used to shoot TheOner, a long continuous shot with no edits.

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The [=SteadiCam=] was first used by its inventor, Garrett Brown, in the film ''Bound For Glory'', for which its cinematographer Haskell Wexler won an Oscar. Brown himself eventually won both an Oscar and an Emmy for his invention. It is frequent frequently used to shoot TheOner, a long continuous shot with no edits.



** Rumour has it that Kubrick, due to his legendary perfectionism, kept screwing up shots by reaching in to adjust the camera. The operator, Garrett Brown, allegedly got him to stop by conducting a conversation - staged where he knew Kubrick would overhear it - in which he claimed to have punched out Sylvester Stallone for doing the same thing on Rocky.

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** Rumour has it that Kubrick, due to his legendary perfectionism, kept screwing up shots by reaching in to adjust the camera. The operator, Garrett Brown, allegedly got him to stop by conducting a conversation - -- [[ExactEavesdropping staged where he knew Kubrick would overhear it - it]] -- in which he claimed to have punched out Sylvester Stallone for doing the same thing on Rocky.
7th Sep '14 10:52:00 PM SpiderRider3
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A [=SteadiCam=] rig for a motion picture camera consists of a harness worn by the operator, which is attached to a mechanism containing the camera and a counterweight. Tiffen also manufactures smaller versions of the [=SteadiCam=] such as the [=SteadiCam=] JR and the [=SteadiCam=] Merlin. These devices may be used with DSLRs and camcorders and omit the harness due to their light weight.

[=SteadiCam=] is the trade name for the product manufactured by Tiffen. Panavision produces an equivalent called [=PanaGlide=], and [=GlideCam=] Industries has a variation known as GlideCam. One can also find [[http://14dollarstabilizer.org/instructions to build their own stabilizer]] if they have the necessary tools and supplies.

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A [=SteadiCam=] rig for a motion picture camera consists of a harness worn by the operator, which is attached to a mechanism containing the camera and a counterweight. Tiffen also manufactures smaller versions of the [=SteadiCam=] such as the [=SteadiCam=] JR and the [=SteadiCam=] Merlin. These devices may be used with DSLRs [=DSLRs=] and camcorders and omit the harness due to their light weight.

[=SteadiCam=] is the trade name for the product manufactured by Tiffen. Panavision produces an equivalent called [=PanaGlide=], and [=GlideCam=] Industries has a variation known as GlideCam. [=GlideCam=]. One can also find instructions [[http://14dollarstabilizer.org/instructions to build their own stabilizer]] if they have the necessary tools and supplies.
7th Sep '14 10:50:39 PM SpiderRider3
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[[caption-width-right:300:Creator/StanleyKubrick with Garrett Brown and his invention, the steadicam]]

A device that stabilizes a hand-held camera so that the operator can move freely without jiggling the camera. The SteadiCam liberated camera operators from dollies and tracks -- the camera could move anywhere that the operator could walk.

The SteadiCam was first used by its inventor, Garrett Brown, in the film ''Bound For Glory'', for which its cinematographer Haskell Wexler won an Oscar. Brown himself eventually won both an Oscar and an Emmy for his invention.

A SteadiCam rig for a motion picture camera is very heavy and attaches to the operator's torso with straps; the operator "wears" the camera. Smaller versions (such as the SteadiCam JR) are available for video production, and these are often light enough to hold with one hand.

[[http://entertainment.howstuffworks.com/steadicam.htm How the SteadiCam works]]

[[http://14dollarstabilizer.org/ It's pretty easy to improvise a Steadicam equivalent]]

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[[caption-width-right:300:Creator/StanleyKubrick with Garrett Brown and his invention, the steadicam]]

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The [=SteadiCam=] is a camera stabilization
device that stabilizes isolates a hand-held camera so that from the movement of the operator, allowing the operator can to move freely without jiggling the camera. The SteadiCam liberated camera operators from [=SteadiCam=] allows for stable shots in places where dollies and tracks -- cannot be used, such as along stairs, over obstacles, and during WalkAndTalk scenes. It combines the stabilization ability of a fixed tripod mount with the fluid motion of a dolly shot and the flexibility of hand-held camera could move anywhere that the operator could walk.

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The SteadiCam [=SteadiCam=] was first used by its inventor, Garrett Brown, in the film ''Bound For Glory'', for which its cinematographer Haskell Wexler won an Oscar. Brown himself eventually won both an Oscar and an Emmy for his invention.

invention. It is frequent used to shoot TheOner, a long continuous shot with no edits.

A SteadiCam [=SteadiCam=] rig for a motion picture camera consists of a harness worn by the operator, which is very heavy attached to a mechanism containing the camera and attaches to the operator's torso with straps; the operator "wears" the camera. Smaller a counterweight. Tiffen also manufactures smaller versions (such of the [=SteadiCam=] such as the SteadiCam JR) are available for video production, [=SteadiCam=] JR and these are often the [=SteadiCam=] Merlin. These devices may be used with DSLRs and camcorders and omit the harness due to their light enough weight.

[=SteadiCam=] is the trade name for the product manufactured by Tiffen. Panavision produces an equivalent called [=PanaGlide=], and [=GlideCam=] Industries has a variation known as GlideCam. One can also find [[http://14dollarstabilizer.org/instructions
to hold with one hand.

build their own stabilizer]] if they have the necessary tools and supplies.

[[http://entertainment.howstuffworks.com/steadicam.htm How Click here]] for the SteadiCam works]]

[[http://14dollarstabilizer.org/ It's pretty easy to improvise a Steadicam equivalent]]
details about how the [=SteadiCam=] works.



* ''Film/{{Rocky}}'' was one of the first films to use a steadicam, specifically Rocky running up the steps.
* ''Film/{{Halloween 1978}}'' was another early film to use the steadicam (technically Panavision's equivalent [=PanaGlide=]). The whole opening (Michael's [=PoV=]) is told through the use of a steadicam.
* Used extensively in ''CurbYourEnthusiasm''.

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* ''Film/{{Rocky}}'' was one of the first films to use a steadicam, [=SteadiCam=], specifically Rocky running up the steps.
* ''Film/{{Halloween 1978}}'' was another early film to use the steadicam (technically used Panavision's equivalent [=PanaGlide=]). [=PanaGlide=]. The whole opening (Michael's [=PoV=]) is told through the use of a steadicam.
[=SteadiCam=].
* Used extensively in ''CurbYourEnthusiasm''.''Film/CurbYourEnthusiasm''.



** According to [[WordOfGod the DVD commentary]], in a lot of scenes the camera operator was operating without a steadicam harness, but was so good at operating handheld that it looked like he was using one.
** Supposedly, the reason the [[StarTrekShake shaking effect]] looks so real is that they could actually rock the ''Serenity'' sets back and forth. SteadiCam cares not.

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** According to [[WordOfGod the DVD commentary]], in a lot of scenes the camera operator was operating without a steadicam [=SteadiCam=] harness, but was so good at operating handheld that it looked like he was using one.
** Supposedly, the reason the [[StarTrekShake shaking effect]] looks so real is that they could actually rock the ''Serenity'' sets back and forth. SteadiCam [=SteadiCam=] cares not.



* ''Film/DiaryOfTheDead'' is notably one of the few "guys carrying a camera during a disaster" films to make use of one, as the guy in question is actually a professional cameraman with proper gear rather than a camcorder, though it does have one JitterCam scene when the main camera's batteries die.

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* ''Film/DiaryOfTheDead'' is notably one of the few "guys carrying a camera during a disaster" films to make use of one, as the guy in question is actually a professional cameraman with proper gear rather than a camcorder, though it does have one JitterCam [=JitterCam=] scene when the main camera's batteries die.



* The Steadicam [[TheOner long take]] is a staple of ''{{ER}}''[='=]s visual style.
* Steadicam is the ''sine qua non'' of the WalkAndTalk, and hence are indispensable whenever Creator/AaronSorkin and Thomas Schlamme are on the other side of the camera. ''SportsNight'' and ''TheWestWing'' were particularly notorious.

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* The Steadicam [=SteadiCam=] [[TheOner long take]] is a staple of ''{{ER}}''[='=]s visual style.
* Steadicam [=SteadiCam=] is the ''sine qua non'' of the WalkAndTalk, and hence are indispensable whenever Creator/AaronSorkin and Thomas Schlamme are on the other side of the camera. ''SportsNight'' ''Series/SportsNight'' and ''TheWestWing'' ''Series/TheWestWing'' were particularly notorious.



* ''WesternAnimation/{{WALL-E}}'' was meticulously animated to contrast SteadiCam-like shots aboard the ''Axiom'' with JitterCam-esque shots on Earth to add another layer of Technology vs. Nature to the film.
* In ''Film/GoodFellas'' director Creator/MartinScorsese uses a steadicam for a three minute shot that follows Henry Hill and his girlfriend as they enter though the back door of the Copacapana restaurant, through the kitchen and up to the bar, stopping to meet patrons all the way.
* The Steadicam operator Peter Robertson reportedly collapsed after [[http://www.steadishots.org/shots_detail.cfm?shotID=298 filming the epic]] [[TheOner Oner]] [[http://www.steadishots.org/shots_detail.cfm?shotID=298 on the Dunkirk beaches]] in ''{{Atonement}}'', although the reports were exaggerated.
* It was combined with a camera shooting at 1 frame per second to produce the backgrounds for the speeder chase in ''ReturnOfTheJedi''.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{WALL-E}}'' ''WesternAnimation/WallE'' was meticulously animated to contrast SteadiCam-like [=SteadiCam=]-like shots aboard the ''Axiom'' with JitterCam-esque [=JitterCam=]-esque shots on Earth to add another layer of Technology vs. Nature to the film.
* In ''Film/GoodFellas'' director Creator/MartinScorsese uses a steadicam [=SteadiCam=] for a three minute shot that follows Henry Hill and his girlfriend as they enter though the back door of the Copacapana restaurant, through the kitchen and up to the bar, stopping to meet patrons all the way.
* The Steadicam [=SteadiCam=] operator Peter Robertson reportedly collapsed after [[http://www.steadishots.org/shots_detail.cfm?shotID=298 cfm?shotID=298/ filming the epic]] [[TheOner Oner]] [[http://www.steadishots.org/shots_detail.cfm?shotID=298 cfm?shotID=298/ on the Dunkirk beaches]] in ''{{Atonement}}'', ''Film/{{Atonement}}'', although the reports were exaggerated.
* It was combined with a camera shooting at 1 frame per second to produce the backgrounds for the speeder chase in ''ReturnOfTheJedi''.''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi''.
4th Jul '14 10:37:30 PM MasoTey
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The SteadiCam was first used by its inventor, Garrett Brown, in the film ''BoundForGlory", for which its cinematographer Haskell Wexler won an Oscar. Brown himself eventually won both an Oscar and an Emmy for his invention.

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The SteadiCam was first used by its inventor, Garrett Brown, in the film ''BoundForGlory", ''Bound For Glory'', for which its cinematographer Haskell Wexler won an Oscar. Brown himself eventually won both an Oscar and an Emmy for his invention.
4th Jul '14 10:36:47 PM MasoTey
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* ''Film/{{Halloween 1978}}'' was another early film to use the steadicam (technically Panavision's equivalent PanaGlide). The whole opening (Michael's [=PoV=]) is told through the use of a steadicam.

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* ''Film/{{Halloween 1978}}'' was another early film to use the steadicam (technically Panavision's equivalent PanaGlide).[=PanaGlide=]). The whole opening (Michael's [=PoV=]) is told through the use of a steadicam.



* The Steadicam operator Peter Robertson reportedly collapsed after [[http://www.steadishots.org/shots_detail.cfm?shotID=298 filming the epic [[TheOner Oner]] on the Dunkirk beaches]] in ''{{Atonement}}'', although the reports were exaggerated.

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* The Steadicam operator Peter Robertson reportedly collapsed after [[http://www.steadishots.org/shots_detail.cfm?shotID=298 filming the epic epic]] [[TheOner Oner]] [[http://www.steadishots.org/shots_detail.cfm?shotID=298 on the Dunkirk beaches]] in ''{{Atonement}}'', although the reports were exaggerated.
20th Feb '14 8:50:24 AM m8e
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