I'm always faced with a challenge when I have to explain what I do to a random person (a muggle). How do you translate the complex mechanics of Steadicam into a single sentence that will let people understand it?
How would you describe Steadicam in layman's words?
Posted 25 October 2014 - 01:44 PM
"I operate a camera like a cameraman, however it's attached to my body with an apparatus that uses springs to stabilize the handheld camera 'jostle', so it comes out smooth like the camera is flying in front of me."
Posted 25 October 2014 - 02:58 PM
Posted 26 October 2014 - 07:14 PM
I normally explain the arm takes out "translation" - lets me put the camera anywhere in space - and the gimbal ("this bit here") takes out angles and roation - I can point the camera anywhere.
Except when they suggest it works by magic. Then it's magic.
Posted 27 October 2014 - 12:15 AM
I operate a camera rig on films/music videos/commercials ect.. If it's anyone that I plan on holding more than a two sentence conversation with, I'll show them a picture on my phone.
Posted 27 October 2014 - 06:40 AM
Ten years or so ago I obtained one of the first release of Segway transporters. Being an early adopter and riding about people always asked "why doesn't it fall over" My first sort of smarty pants answer was 'why don't you fall over !? ', quickly followed by explaining the idea that people stay vertical by deftly moving their feet fore aft left right etc to stay right below their own center of gravity and thus not fall over- and the Segway just copies that idea. Then they would of course want a demo ride, and I always obliged, not always so practical with a Steadicam style rig on your back, but it never hurts to teach a little Newtonion basic physics if both of you have the time & patience.
S D Wagner
Posted 27 October 2014 - 10:20 AM
Thanks guys, here's what description I will use now.