The Healthy Steadicam Operator

Sunday, June 27th, 2010

Health and physical conditioning is a critical part of our job, but frequently taken for granted. I minimized it’s value for years. I made excuses like “I’m a Steadicam op… I get my exercise at work,” or (as I visited craft services) “I burn so many calories working… I need the extra energy.” Well guess [...]

Wireless Lens Systems: Is this Still the Steadicam Op’s Responsibility?

Saturday, June 19th, 2010

There’s no doubt that Steadicam was the driving force for the development of wireless lens and camera control systems. At that time there were no remote heads. Operators and assistants rode giant cranes… So there was no need for remote follow focus in that application. Handheld focus pulling could be done with a whip. So [...]

Why I Love My Back Mounted Harness

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

Let me count the ways! First, I’d have to go back to my initial experience with the rear mounted or back mounted harness. I was a young operator… Maybe 2 or 3 years in, and I was hired for a feature film. Like most low budget features, they opted to save money by using ancient [...]

Shirts & Pants Required!

Sunday, June 6th, 2010

When it comes to dress code, the film industry is one of the most lenient. On set you’ll see a huge range of clothing styles. This can be very liberating. Steadicam operators have a uniform of sorts… One that I used to subscribe to but have since deviated from. It basically includes cargo style shorts [...]