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How Steadicams Work

How Steadicams Work

October 24, 2012

by Tom Harris Most people who own a camcorder also own a stack of tapes with hours of shaky, jarring video footage. o the typical amateur cameraman, this is an inevitable part­ of handheld

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Forgotten tehniques

Forgotten tehniques

October 23, 2012

July 1993 Last September I was asked to work on Jonathan Demme’s new film Philadelphia which, strangely enough, was coming to Philadelphia and required a certain amount of Steadicam. As you may know, with

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Ancient History

Ancient History

October 22, 2012

Dec. ’88 That’s what I wanted to call it. It wasn’t just ego (that came later!). I thought it needed a simple, honest, „70’s“ kind of natural name, a pure name, not a stupid,

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The Iron Age

The Iron Age

October 20, 2012

March ’89. In the last issue, Garrett Brown described the two year struggle to invent the Steadicam. As the story resumes, he waits at the laboratory to see footage shot with the final prototype.

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The Contraption Wars

The Contraption Wars

October 19, 2012

Ripoffs, Copies, and Imitations, June 1989 There are piles of onion skin, files of agreements, briefs, patents, lawsuits, drafts, blue wrappers, torts and retorts stowed all over my house in Philadelphia. In decorated folders

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The Steadicam Body-Rig and it’s forces on the human body

The Steadicam Body-Rig and it’s forces on the human body

October 18, 2012

By Dr. Carl C. Howard III and Dr. Carl C. Howard Jr. Have you ever wondered just what forces are exerted on the back while using Steadicam? This study was done to find that

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A Note from Steadicam inventor Garrett Brown

A Note from Steadicam inventor Garrett Brown

October 18, 2012

The Steadicam was conceived as a stunt camera, designed for running shots over rough ground, but by the time of its feature debut in 1975, we were beginning to realize that we had underestimated

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Interview with Garrett Brown, Inventor of the Steadicam

Interview with Garrett Brown, Inventor of the Steadicam

October 18, 2012

Originally published by the magazine FILMCREW, Issue #16 1997 In 1972 the dolly got its first real competition with the invention of the Steadicam. From that point on a whole new world of shots

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A Ballet for singers, orchestra and Steadicam

A Ballet for singers, orchestra and Steadicam

October 17, 2012

La Traviata Live from Paris ‘New York Times: A Ballet for singers, orchestra and Steadicam’ See Garrett Browns best shot ever: PBS Great Performances – Aug. 27th. 2000 It was by far the best

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Garrett Brown: Father of the Steadicam

Garrett Brown: Father of the Steadicam

October 17, 2012

From the article “Steadicam Hits Its Stride” Originally published by American Cinematographer June 1992 written by Brooke Comer The Steadicam is an Oscar-and Emmy-winning invention that revolutionized filmmaking. But Garrett Brown, who fathered the

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