Steadicam in Detroit: Operating In a Sea of People
Steadicam is one of my favorite things to do on set. Its not something I do everyday, but it’s a passion, something I was inspired by very early in my career and always a blast. Operating at the North American International Autoshow is no exception. Sure, its live event coverage, but sweeping your way through a sea of people with a Red Epic Dragon, Canon Glass, and a Steadicam Zephyr… There is nothing like it. Sure a Ronin is fun, but the value in the Steadicam is the weight is worn on the hips effectively making you smooth-walking camera tripod and that is of huge value when you are operating for hours on end winding your way through a sea of people on the Autoshow Floor.
When I started my career, I had the fortunate opportunity to not only meet Garrett Brown (Inventor of the Steadicam), but I was blessed enough to visit his home and see his workshop. Garrett is responsible for many break-through ideas in film including:
And I am sure many more…
As a Detroit based camera operator, I always enjoy the North American International Autoshow. It always provides something new and some new technical production challenge. If you haven’t seen it, check out the work we did for Lincoln that displayed on their LED back wall in the Detroit booth.