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#1 Stephen Murphy

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Posted 16 November 2004 - 12:26 PM

As my workload begins to wind down for the year im looking at more and more dvds, and im wondering what everyone else's favourites steadicam shots or steadicam intensive movies are? We all love "The Shining" and "the Fugitive" but im more interested in those lesser known movies which might have some really good steadicam work in them, that i may have missed. In recent times im thinking of things like "Hollow man" and "blade 2" which both had some excellent steadicam work(ok so the films werent great - i can sit through just about anything). Only recently did i catch "Casino" which has some fantastic work by a variety of great ops.
Anyone else here want to chime in with some recommendations or personal favourites?

Some great work ive been re-watching recently: "Carlitos way", "Heat", "Xmen 2", "Point break" , and "Ronin" (David Crone is so damn good)
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#2 JobScholtze

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Posted 16 November 2004 - 12:37 PM

Harry Potter 2 :D
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#3 jay kilroy

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Posted 16 November 2004 - 09:44 PM

I recently watched the movie "Elephant", directed by Gus Van Zandt (sp)? Tons of steadicam. The movie was a bit slow, but I would say it was like 80 to 90 percent steadicam.
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Posted 17 November 2004 - 08:14 AM

just watched "jacky brown",where DanKneece S.O.C did the steadicam/camera operator and there rally have been some great shots.
also one really,really great shotsare in.............shit,forgot the english name......it´s called "die purpurnen flüsse" in german,it´s a french movie with jean reno in it.........

i´ll find out for you


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Posted 17 November 2004 - 08:37 AM

the original french title is
"Les Rivieres pourpres"

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#6 Brad Grimmett

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Posted 17 November 2004 - 03:02 PM

I have to agree about Elephant. Matias Mesa did some wonderful work in that film. He also did some nice work in another Van Sant film called Gerry, which came out in 2002. If you thought Elephant was slow you should see Gerry! Although I really enjoyed both films.
I saw the first episode of "House, M.D." last night and saw some really nice steadicam as well. IMDB lists Jeff Mart as the operator. The show has a very interesting look. There are parts of it that look cross processed and also bleach bypassed. Good show.
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#7 Howard J Smith

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Posted 17 November 2004 - 04:15 PM

Hi Brad

How are you?

yes I went to see Jeff Mart on the set of "House" yesterday - and he is using his new MK-V Nexus and loving it. (and showing off some of the new MK-V toys - inc focus system)
Jeff has been doing some very interesting stuff with his new set up - inc. flying the Panavision lightweight with the 10:1 zoom! - it was great to watch him work.

My fav. films for "steadicam" flow are "Terminator 2" and "Predator 2" - the way Jimmy Muro moves with the actors was/is something I aspired to. - the bit in Predator 2 where they are storming the building at the begining and Danny Glover is going up the stairs - very simple but beauifully done.
And also I would have to add the great opening of "Outbreak" - stunning, simple and very well done.

take care and maybe see you at the Guild meeting.
All the best
Howard
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#8 Brad Grimmett

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Posted 18 November 2004 - 03:23 AM

take care and maybe see you at the Guild meeting.
All the best
Howard

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I'm planning on being there....hopefully you will too.
Back on the subject....since no one has mentioned it....the opening shot of The Birdcage is a great one. Scott Sakamoto I believe did that shot, as well as a lot of other great steadicam.
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#9 Andre Trudel

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Posted 24 November 2004 - 08:08 PM

I just watched ?Rundown.? I?d say roughly 70 to 80 percent or possible even more of that movie is Steadicam.
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Posted 27 November 2004 - 02:10 PM

cant forget american history X with good ol chas' and his shadow cameos... :)
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#11 Charles Papert

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Posted 28 November 2004 - 05:44 AM

Damn you and your eagle eyes, Abernathy!

Didja ever see my deliberate on-camera appearance with the rig in "Big Fat Liar"...?
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Posted 28 November 2004 - 08:15 AM

freanch film amelie runing low mode..on a train station.....
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#13 PeterAbraham

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Posted 28 November 2004 - 08:21 PM

yes I went to see Jeff Mart on the set of "House" yesterday - and he is using his new MK-V Nexus and loving it. (and showing off some of the new MK-V toys - inc focus system)
Jeff has been doing some very interesting stuff with his new set up - inc. flying the Panavision lightweight with the 10:1 zoom! - it was great to watch him work.


And this had.........................what to do with the topic of this thread? Advertisements are best handled in the Classifieds. :)

Chris Haarhoff's work in A.I. was spectacularly clean. I also admire what Liz Ziegler did in Eyes Wide Shut.

That was you, Charles?????? :D

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#14 Howard J Smith

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Posted 28 November 2004 - 10:07 PM

Hi peter

How are you?

In answer to your question - I was repling to a friend of mine - Brad Grimmett - hence "Hi Brad, how are you?" and I was answering a question of his. And complementing another friend of mine Jeff Mart on his many activements - and some of the amzing things he does and has been doing on "House MD".
Sorry if this was not clear.
Also Jeff Marts shot of running up the Pyramid in mexico for the rebok add, many moons ago - was one of the reasons I started Steadicam.

I would also like to add Peter Cav. also did some excellent work on Eyes Wide Shut as well. Jimmy Muro and Larry Mc C. are still my heros. - Some of the shots that we take for granted as dolly and 'legs' are infact 'Steadicam' - these are my true Favorite shots, the subtle ones that totally fit with the story and it is not until the end of the shot/scene that you realise that they were/had to be 'Steadicam'.

Take care
All the best
Howard
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#15 Benjamin Treplin

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Posted 29 November 2004 - 05:40 AM

Phone Booth - Dan Kneece, Resident Evil - Jörg Widmer
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