Steadicam in Football
Posted 01 November 2005 - 10:13 AM
I was watching Monday night football last night and noticed a steadicam operator on the field. I was wondering if anyone could tell me how the operators get those gigs? it was the Steeler/Ravens game played in Pittsburgh, do you think the Op was a local?
Also I would like to be a shooter for NFL films, and advice on how do get in?
Posted 01 November 2005 - 10:43 AM
I personally prefer to use the Stabilizer for only certain shots, then pull the camera off and go back to the tripod. It's just not worth it for the style of shooting I'm doing to be down there on the field.
Posted 01 November 2005 - 11:24 AM
Posted 01 November 2005 - 11:58 AM
I have worked at NFL films studios from time to time as a grip, for the past 10 years. They have a core group of operators and assistants that they keep on staff all year, then during the football season, they pick up locals. As to how to get in, I'm sure there is quite a long line.
Yes these guys work there butts off. From what I can see they work the corners of the field when the teams are in the red zone, when the ball is mid field, they work the benches, crowd, and cheerleaders.
Posted 01 November 2005 - 05:19 PM
In Europe, we use steadicam in many big sport events, and often in Football. Socker.....
The steadicam is often used at the end of the field to shoot the goals and when the players run close to the steadi... as a effect shot.. And in the beginning of the sport event the steadi goes in to the field with the players and shows the players up close..
In almost all the big european fotball events there is always steadicam or crane.
regards Johan Windfeld... and trust me.. the running is very hard!
Posted 01 November 2005 - 05:44 PM
Posted 01 November 2005 - 06:06 PM
Does anyone know how and who to contact at NFL Films, I would like to be a possible 16mm shooter for them.
Posted 04 November 2005 - 04:41 PM
Posted 04 November 2005 - 04:53 PM
One of the most amazing things I ever saw watching (american) football on TV was; a player cought a pass and made a run for it, like 30 or 40 yards, outran everyone and made the touchdown.
Didn't click untill aftwards that the camera had tracked him all the way down a good 30 of those yards to the line..
Then of course came the slow-mo replays, complete with a reverse angle.. and with the Steadicam op KEEPING PACE in the background. Actually looked slightly comical as the op's feet did those cartoon backwards circles as he skidded to a stop.
Good job to whomever that was..
Posted 19 April 2007 - 01:24 AM
Posted 19 April 2007 - 04:51 AM
I saw a couple of highlights packages of some games where it looked like you were operating in low mode, how did that work out?
While I?m at it they should lose the Ezyrig down south it looks awful. I don?t get seasick but that thing just might do it.
Posted 27 April 2007 - 07:18 AM
I Operate Steadicam on Rugby League here in Australia every now and then. Tell you what, its great exercise!
Having the rig on for about 50 mins per half is damn hard. (easier with my back mounted harness)
Its not only just the fact of having the rig on, but your shooting for the entire time, framing, zooming, focusing all yourself, - Looking for shots and also being aware of everything around you, although some of that is delegated to your assistant who has to be on the ball.
These days with digital links its easier (no cables), and recently, interesting now that the Steadicam runs onto the field after tries and goals etc, in between play - tracking around the try scoring player as he walks back.
Its a classic, when I go back to shooting on film style jobs and the grips cant understand why I dont bother docking the rig after every take or in between shots!
Best way to start out is to operate on the sport on a regular fixed camera positioin, to get an understanding of the game and how to shoot it, then try Steadicam. If you go straight into it with Steadicam you'll have no idea of how to shoot it or what the Director wants. Especially live TV. Its an art in itself.
Posted 29 June 2007 - 09:11 PM
I had two cable grips assigned to me and they were both needed as I moved A LOT. It rained during the entire game so my rain covers paid for themselves. In the end the decision was made to not use Steadicam for IMAG because of the price. I also felt that the type of shots they wanted were better acheived handheld with lots of low angles of cheerleaders, players, and crowd. I was never used to track the ball or any plays, just filler after each play.
Posted 29 June 2007 - 09:25 PM
(and nearly every time I got to race alongside the striker getting the super-dynamic shot, the friggin' director would wait to cut to me until the ball would roll out of bounds--that bugger)!
Posted 30 June 2007 - 06:39 PM
I remember years ago I`ve seen in the Rugby word cup played in Australia where an steadicam Operator was crashed in a play by a New Zeland player in Canada vs New Zeland
There was a Canadian wing running near to the line and the steadicam operator follow him.
A very big "All black" appeared and give him a tackle and cought the Canadian player and the steadicam operator too in the same move!
The operator fell down v-e-r-y b-a-d.
I tried to see what happened, but only saw this moment...