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#1 David Hoffman

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Posted 24 May 2006 - 06:38 PM

I just thought of posting some of my long-time favorite steadicam shots in music videos.

If you find it interesting, I'll be happy to hear your comments about the steadicam work in them (and the names of the unknown operators!) and maybe see some of your own favorites.

I put direct links to online sources, so you can watch 2 of the videos.
I also wanted to put images from all video clips, but the forum only allows 3 images on the post, so I'll have to link the others.



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Paco - Amor de mis Amores (1988)
More images: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
The entire video is a single 3.5-minutes sequence, shot on the street.



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Massive Attack - Unfinished Sympathy (January 1991)
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Watch it online: youtube
The entire video is a single 5-minutes sequence, shot on the street.



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Green Day - When I Come Around (1994 or 1995)
Watch it online: Yahoo Music, Quicktime
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#2 mattmarek

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Posted 24 May 2006 - 07:57 PM

http://www.muchmusic...?vfAssetID=8668


'click to watch'

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#3 Afton Grant

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Posted 24 May 2006 - 08:49 PM

The Green Day one is good. Anyone know the operator for that? Might be a good one for SteadiShots.

IMO, the other one isn't that great. Long one'rs are always ambitious, but still require the same attention to composition, movement, motivation, and basic operating skills as any short shot. If those elements can't be met for some reason, and that reason can't be rectified, plan B should come into action.

Just my $.02 USD

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#4 David Allen Grove

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Posted 24 May 2006 - 09:16 PM

I think the spice girls "tell me what you want, what you really really, want.. If you wanna be my lover...something something.." Music Video was well done.

addtional edit: It's called "Wannabe" I found a link to the video
http://www.mtv.com/m...ml?artistId=461
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#5 RobVanGelder

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Posted 25 May 2006 - 12:20 AM

When i did the Rockport Workshop in 1996 (or 1994? gosh, i don't know anymore) they showed a good video from a group that appeared in all kinds of settings and situations in a studio. The operator moved between preset cardboard frames to make the shot, but every transition was important and with a purpose if i remember. One moment he put the rig in a 90 degree angle for some situations and later back again to normal.

i don't know the name of the group or the video, but we were all amazed about it.
Does someone remember this?
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#6 David Hoffman

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Posted 25 May 2006 - 12:40 AM

I think the spice girls "tell me what you want, what you really really, want.. If you wanna be my lover...something something.." Music Video was well done.

Can't believe I forgot about this one. I love the steadicam work there.

The Green Day one is good. IMO, the other one isn't that great.

I agree that the work on both Unfinished Sympathy and Amor de mis Amores is not very precise. Still, the overall work is very nice and the resulting atmosphere of both clips is great. I always loved the way both clips are made - the shot that keeps going and going when you expect a cut. Both seem to have a difficult production - closing an entire street and putting all those extras (especially Unfinished Sympathy).

Concerning Unfinished Sympathy - correct me if I'm wrong, but I think the singer is walking relatively fast. It seems to me like the Steadicam operator had a really tough job following her in that speed. Also, see this:

Picking out a favourite is hard. When we first saw Unfinished Sympathy in the editing suite we were really unhappy because the things we knew were supposed to happen didnt happen. It was one steadycam shot and the cameraman got tired throughout the day and missed quite a few things. We were disappointed initially but in retrospect I think that was a great video


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#7 David Hoffman

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Posted 25 May 2006 - 01:06 AM

When i did the Rockport Workshop in 1996 (or 1994? gosh, i don't know anymore) they showed a good video from a group that appeared in all kinds of settings and situations in a studio.
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i don't know the name of the group or the video, but we were all amazed about it.
Does someone remember this?

yes, I believe I know the clip you're referring to. It was directed by the amazing Michel Gondry and the song was by a French group. I can't remember the song's name. I'll try to do some more search on the web to find it (see this if you're not familiar with the director's work).

EDIT:

OK, there you go: The song's name is Lucas with the Lid off by a group called Lucas.

Watch it online: Click me.

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#8 David Hoffman

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Posted 25 May 2006 - 01:30 AM

http://www.muchmusic...?vfAssetID=8668

The video doesn't play for me. Here is the same clip on youtube:
Masia One - Split Second Time.

And here is Spice Girls - Wannabe

And another source for Lucas - Lucas With The Lid Off

Enjoy.
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#9 Alf Tramontin

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Posted 25 May 2006 - 04:37 AM

check out "Love Foolosophy" by Jamiroquai, single take version.


All in one take with no rehersal.


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#10 thomas-english

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Posted 25 May 2006 - 05:16 AM

"all I want is a ziga zig arrrr" ..........

yeah! I have been meaning to post that on this forum for ages in respect to asking who did it? Who was that spice girls operator!!!

thanks

thomas

NB Lucas with your lid off is awsome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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#11 Anthony Graham

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Posted 25 May 2006 - 06:15 AM

One of my personal faves is Christina Aguilera-The Voice Within.

The Voice Within

The fact she is wearing a nightie in the video in no way affects my choice.......! :unsure:

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#12 Marc_Abernathy

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Posted 25 May 2006 - 07:33 AM

let me tackle unfinished sympathy..

first off , i love that song and the video...

Our own Dan Kneece shot that down an LA street. he started on a shotmaker and then stepped off to follow her al the way down. the director had actors on cue do all the silly stuff you see there.

they played the music faster so they could fit it all in one take. if you look on the street side you ca see the conse they used to block off that side of the street and a cop can be seen there as well..

there was some other things that didnt make the video due to it not being safe or possible. IIRC they wanted Dan to go up a ramp at one point in the video but he flat out refused.

he said it was holy heck but i think he did a great job and it was the start of things to come.
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#13 Kareem La Vaullee

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Posted 25 May 2006 - 08:56 AM

Hello "DonkeyKong", (maybe you should have a look Here)

From the 3 Music Videos you propose only the one Operated by Dan Kneece is interesting (he posted about that shooting here a long time ago)

The others are too "Basic". If you work as a Steadicam Operator for a few years and work on many Music Videos you will do tenth of them like these two, nothing special in walking backward or sideway for hours keeping a perfect horizon and composition, it's your job.

The Massive Attack video is different, first it's a true classic, then you have a strange crane move that ends with a step-off and right away you have that corner that surely had Dan to run, and it's very long, and it's a classic...

I don't like the Spice Girls' video...

The Music Video from the unbelievably talented Michel Gondry is something else, it was done by the very talented Patrick de Ranter, he is from Belgium but lives in Paris, you can see him in a mirror around the middle of the Video wearing a 3A in the Goofy style he is used to.

That Music Video can be found in this must have DVD
(If you want Afton I can send you the Video, I have that DVD)

Hello Alf, you did that Jamiroquai Video ? Nice work !, I did a Jamiroquai Video too and it was all full length playbacks, no rehearsals, pure madness... It was really great and funny, JK is a nice guy with an incredible sense of the camera, field of the lens and motion.
(and with all those nice chicks too...)
But the director killed everything during the editing (cut, cut, cut cutcutcutcutcutcutcut...)

One the best Music Video ever was done by Valentin Monge, I can't find it online for the moment, it's for an Artist named Sinclair
Maybe I can ask to Valentin if he's got a copy.
His work is truly amazing, you can't run faster than him and he shows that in the Video, in ultra-narrow corridors and down stairs.

And please try to be more selective or we're going to end-up with thousands of cheesy Rap Music Videos

Cheers,

K.
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#14 Kareem La Vaullee

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Posted 25 May 2006 - 09:39 AM

I really would like to know who did that video : Destiny's Child - Emotions

Tricky job, nicely done
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#15 Afton Grant

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Posted 25 May 2006 - 10:18 AM

Kareem,

I'd love to have that Gondry video if you have it in a nice quality format. Email me with a link to download, or if you need a place to upload, I can give you one.

Anyone else, too, if you've got any decent quality copies of these or any other great videos, let me know. Email address is aftongrant AT gmail.com.

Thanks!
Afton
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