Posted 25 September 2004 - 04:24 AM
Its funnny how "slow" the first half season episodes are by comparison to his work in the second half: even though they did make extensive use of the steadicam the way in which the scenes are covered by Guy had far more pace (and a way more solid frame). Interesting stuff.
Posted 25 September 2004 - 10:20 AM
Probably another reason Guy has gone on to have a very successful directing career!
Posted 25 September 2004 - 11:29 PM
David Chameides, Bill Drummond, Dan Kneece and Charles Papert in 1994.
all of whom have done a bunch of excellent work. The fluid use of the steadicam
sure increases across the life of the series. I had always thought that this was due to the producers coming to trust the tool more and allow more interesting, complex, and fluid shots not just covering the movements from one part of the set to another. Was this difference actually so much the work of one operator as opposed to a more systemic change?
Posted 26 September 2004 - 12:27 PM
I think it safe to say that Guy brought a mentality and skill set to the table that inspired the directors to be more aggressive with the Steadicam, as opposed to trying to keep it simple to get through the day. The big players on that show were/are:
Guy Bee (seasons 1-2)
Dave Chameides (3-5)
Terrence Nightingall (6-present)
There's been a little pile of us who have day- and week-played over the years, in addition to those listed (I should correct Drummond to Brummond on Bill's behalf), Tommy Lohman and the ubiqutious Ron Baldwin.
There was an interesting stylistic progression through the years, in that the skill and stamina of Guy and Dave allowed the boundaries to be pushed to the point where the camera hardly stopped moving. Eventually the producers realized that doing endless roundy-rounds of a quiet dialogue scene was overkill and the Steadicam was toned down a bit.
Terrence has, delightfully, laid down the law of good sense over his tenure and the Steadicam is only used when needed; as soon as reverse coverage is up the dolly is wheeled in automatically and the dreaded "let's just keep it on Steadicam--y'know, for the look" phrase is rarely, if ever, heard. They are also using a custom Vidstick arrangement with transmitter, so that "suiting up" is only necessary for possibly the last runthrough (which often morphs into "shoot the rehearsal!"
Posted 27 September 2004 - 10:02 PM
Chad is one smooth op (but still evil) and it's fun to watch Terrence fly around the trauma rooms.
I've had the opportunity to step in and do a few days of steadicam on the next episode of ER while the main unit is away on location finishing up the current episode. It's really fun and challenging -- some of the "oners" are more than my tiny memory can handle, luckily the actors make it easy for me.
Posted 28 September 2004 - 12:55 AM
i was totally blown away by some of those oners in the second half of the series. and the frequent mention of guy bee's name in both the first and second series' behind the scenes docs was a great and well deserved nod.
but the thing that really got me was that my girlfriend never noticed how the camera didn't cut. she was just totally swept up, trying to pay attention to the characters and the story. and, on one level, that's what moving the camera is all about.
Posted 02 October 2004 - 07:59 PM
heres an old historic image of Mr. Bee i posted earlier(~1988). seems to fit the topic here...