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Seeking behind-the-scenes footage with full operator commentaries

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#1 Chris Poynton

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Posted 11 March 2012 - 04:04 PM

There are many great examples of "finished" steadicam shots on the web (e.g. steadishots.org) ... often with printed commentaries.

However, can anyone recommend videos that show the full behind-the-scenes creative and technical process of an entire shot on a feature set?

** Ideally *** such fly-on-the-wall videos would show: initial shot discussion between director-DP-operator .... blocking with actors .... lighting issues/solutions .... focus/assistant issues .... and full commentary from Steadi op regarding fine points of framing, footwork and rig handling (over multiple takes!).

If such videos are not available, could any of the Steadi masters put such a proposal forward on an upcoming shoot ... get a BTS crew with a couple of video cams and radio mics and Apple I-phones on the rig and it could serve as a really valuable 30-minute (PLUS!) "extra" on a feature DVD ... or a new workshop resource on the training circuit?

Charles Papert gave a great text description of what he called "The Single Hardest Move with a Steadicam" from the film "In the Valley of Elah" (2007) on another forum: http://hbsboard.com/...pic,2725.0.html This is the sort of intricate detail that many people would lap up if it was in video form!!

Is there maybe something in the archives from the Ted Churchill era? Or DVD extras anyone can recommend?
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#2 Richard James Lewis

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Posted 11 March 2012 - 04:14 PM

Something of what you are looking for here...


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#3 Phil Thomas

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Posted 15 March 2012 - 06:34 AM

Something of what you are looking for here...



That's a fantastic video Richard!! You get a real good insight in to how for the really good operators it far more than just moving the rig with no footsteps, correct headroom and horizons. You really see how the camera move is worked into the story. I like the bit where he's on about the guys hanging back and making fun of her, all done so the next camera move makes sense.

Like Chris says if anyone knows of any more like this or if any of the top operators would do some on shoots they have coming up that would be great, it would be a great way to pass on the real reasons behind what makes a great steadicam shot!

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#4 RonBaldwin


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Posted 15 March 2012 - 10:57 AM

Vote for Pedro

I think he might just hold the record for the most footage shot of himself.
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#5 Martin Stacey

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Posted 15 March 2012 - 03:54 PM

There was a thread on here somewhere that had a link to behind the scenes for the oner in Atonement. Sorry havent got the time to find it for you but do a search perhaps.
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