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The Steadicam® Operator's Handbook 2nd Edition

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ISBN-10: 024082380X
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"The Steadicam® Operator's Handbook is the most comprehensive and complete text available on Steadicam equipment and operation. It is essential reading for beginners and experienced operators alike."
-Dan Kneece, President of the Society of Steadicam Operators

"Precision is key when it comes to pulling off a successful Steadicam shot, and it is also the best word to describe what makes The Steadicam Operatorâ?Ts Handbook essential reading. Written by veteran operators Jerry Holway and Laurie Hayball, it is a treasure trove of specific, detailed information regarding the theory and practice of Steadicam operation.Intelligent but not dryly academic, and complete but never overwhelming, The Steadicam Operatorâ?Ts Handbook is a must." - Jim Hemphill, American Cinematographer

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Foreword by Garrett Brown!

"The Steadicam Operator's Handbook is the most comprehensive and complete text available on Steadicam equipment and operation. It is essential reading for beginners and experienced operators alike."  Dan Kneece, SOC President

"This is the first book to demystify the operation of the Steadicam." Paul Taylor, Steadicam owner, operator, and instructor

Camera operators and video enthusiasts around the globe are seeking the training and information they need to successfully use the Steadicam™, the most versatile and exciting tool for moving a motion picture or a video camera. For the first time available outside of workshops, The Steadicam™ Operator's Handbook illuminates all aspects of Steadicam operating in one comprehensive package. With over 1300 full-color photos, it's the granddaddy how-to and why-to book for the amateur, semi-pro, and professional.

Written by the premier Steadicam™ operators in the world, this book covers everything a camera operator needs to get started using a Steadicam™ rig and to master this art form. Both informational and inspirational, The Steadicam™ Operator's Handbook moves from the physics and balancing of a Steadicam, through a series of step-by-step line dances and practice shots, to the most personal aspects of filmmaking how individual operators make creative and practical decisions using this unique camera setup. The book discusses the wide array of equipment and accessories currently available, and it also illustrates the latest operating techniques and tricks, a variety of strategies for working with others, and the business side of a Steadicam career.

Also included are observations and anecdotes inspirational, funny, instructive, and cautionary written by a global cast of other experienced Steadicam operators, including the legendary inventor of the Steadicam™ himself, Garrett Brown. The Steadicam™ Operator's Handbook is both a master class and a master reference for all camera operators and directors who want to move the camera well.

About the Authors

Jerry Holway has been a Steadicam operator for 25 years, with many feature film credits including Donnie Brasco, As Good as it Gets, Rounders, The Apostle, All the Pretty Horses, and Reign Over Me. Over the past 18 years, Jerry has been the head instructor at more than 60 week-long Steadicam workshop worldwide. He is generally regarded along with Garret Brown, inventor of the Steadicam as one of the premier Steadicam workshop instructor in the world.

Laurie Hayball has been a Steadicam operator and workshop instructor for 10 years. She earned a degree in Motion Picture and Television from UCLA's School of Fine Arts. Her training as a cinematographer brings a comprehensive understanding of all aspects of media production, especially as it pertains to visual storytelling. Laurie is the author of The Infrared Photography Handbook, The Advanced Infrared Photography Handbook, and How to Photograph Your Baby's First Year, all published by Amherst Media.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 472 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 2 edition (October 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 024082380X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240823805
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.9 x 10.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #696,677 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The 2nd version of the steadicam operator's handbook contains a lot of what was already in the first edition with a few added stories, some more in depth explanations, but more importantly a whole section on working with 3D rigs.
This is a must for any wannabe steadicam op, I already own the first edition and there are no major differences between the two, 90% of the content is the same but it's still a great purchase.
You've got some of the best operators in the world sharing their life experiences in that book, and each and everyone of these stories is fascinating.
Nobody can regret owning this book, it's the logical first step before taking a workshop.
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Although this isn't really a 'textbook,' this was the assigned reading for a Steadicam class I took. Unlike most required books for classes, it was a very interesting read, and provided useful guidance for techniques as well as interesting anecdotes from actual Steadicam operators. Usually I end up selling books required for classes once the class is over, but this is one case where I did not, because I find it to be too valuable to let go of!

I think this is a great book for every Steadicam Op to have in their collection, and maybe even people who are just interested in filmmaking and would like to know more about one of the popular tools used for smooth camera movement in both big and small budget films.
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A superbly concise and yet thorough examination of all the various facets necessary to become a successful Steadicam operator. Of all the countless sources with which I have become acquainted, this is by far the very best and second to none.
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If you interested about cinematography and specific you would like to know more about stadicam. this book will help you to learn more about this style and how to shoot stadium with various cameras and position of body and our mussels during sadicam shoot. its good reference book and also its kind of bible of stodicam in cinematography. being honest it helps you to start.
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Real cool, I am very green with "Steadycam" and reading through it had convinced me to give it a try out buying my own rig. It's a book for personal library for ever and all other edition following. I made the right choice to start with this book...
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You will learn something from this book whether your a new operator or an old pro. It can't replace the knowledge you'll gain from a workshop but every steadicam operator should own this book.
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