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The Steadicam Operator's Handbook

The Steadicam Operator's Handbook
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Author: Jerry Holway & Laurie Hayball
Foreword by: Garrett Brown
Publisher: Focal Press
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 426
Pub. Date: 2009
ISBN-10: 0240811658
ISBN-13: 9780240811659
About the Book:

HARD TO FIND BOOK, only a very limited number of copies are still available.

Camera operators and video enthusiasts around the world search for the training and information they need to successfully use the Steadicam, the most versatile tool for moving a motion picture or video camera. Every year, about 500 people in the world are lucky enough to take an intensive training workshop (some of the top workshops are taught by the authors of this book), but these workshops are expensive and sell out as a matter of course: the instructors simply can't keep up with the high demand. As a result, the vast majority of people have no practical way to learn what has become an essential camera operating skill. For the first time, The Steadicam Operator's Handbook illuminates all aspects of Steadicam operating in one comprehensive package. With over 1300 full-color photos, it's the comprehensive how-to and why-to book for the amateur, semi-pro, and professional.

Written by the premier Steadicam instructors in the world, this book covers everything a cameraman needs to get started using a Steadicam rig and to get better. 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 number of other experienced Steadicam operators around the world, 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.

Key Features:
• Foreword written by Steadicam inventor Garrett Brown!
• Written by the premier Steadicam experts in the world
• Offers the opportunity for novice camera operators to learn the skill sets needed to build and move forward in their careers
• Lavishly illustrated in full color to show the various techniques, equipment, and line dances used by Steadicam operators
• The techniques presented in this book apply to any type of Steadicam rig
• Provides a comprehensive understanding of the skill sets to successfully operate a Steadicam, including techniques not even covered in official workshops

What people say:

"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

"This is the first book to demystify the operation of the Steadicam." — Paul Taylor, owner-operator, fifteen year advanced Steadicam workshop lead instructor, and developer of Steadicam instructional techniques

"Precision is key when it comes to pulling off a successful Steadicam shot, and it is also the best word to describe what makes 'Steadicam Operator's 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, 'Steadicam Operator's Handbook' is a must." — Jim Hemphill in American Cinematographer

About the Authors:

Jerry Holway is an experienced Steadicam operator, instructor, and Co-inventor of the Ultra Steadicam. He has worked on many features including As Good as it Gets and All the Pretty Horses, as well as commercials, industrials, and documentaries. He's also an author and an award winning Director of Photography and a patented inventor.

Laurie Hayball is an experienced Steadicam operator, instructor, and photographer.