Garrett Brown is best known as the Oscar-winning inventor of the Steadicam™. He has shot with it on nearly 100 movies including Rocky, The Shining and Return of the Jedi.View Garrett Brown Filmography
Garrett holds 50 patents worldwide for devices which include the Steadicam Merlin, a miniature version for camcorders; Skycam, the robot camera that flies on wires over sporting events; and Mobycam, Divecam, Flycam et al that pursue athletes worldwide. His new zeroG technology “floats” tools and reduces workplace injuries.
In past lives Garrett has recorded for MGM as a folksinger (www.BrownandDana.com), sold Volkswagens, directed TV commercials and made films for Sesame Street, and his voice was the other half of that well-known ad-lib duo on radio for Molson and American Express (www.TwoVoices.com*).
He is a member of the American Society of Cinematographers, the Directors Guild, the Screen Actors Guild and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Garrett has just been inducted into the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame.
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I got my first taste of filmmaking at the age of five when Margaret Mead came to our house in Connecticut and tested out her Bolex on me before heading off to the South Seas….
I made my first 16 mm film in high school, ended up with a film degree from Cornell University, and started making documentary films before graduating. For several years I worked on documentaries, industrials, and political spots, and earned a Master’s degree from Northwestern University.
I learned how to operate a Steadicam in 1982 while I was teaching filmmaking at Penn State. Several years later I left teaching to become a freelance cameraman, specializing in Steadicam. In 1991, Garrett Brown invented – and we developed – Skyman™, the first of several low-tech “flying Steadicam on a wire” devices that I own.
I have been the head instructor at many Steadicam workshops since 1990 (Philadelphia, Malibu, Scandinavia) and I am the author of the Steadicam Workbook, The Steadicam EFP Manual and Videotape, The Steadicam Ultra manual, and The Dynamic Balance Primer. I also wrote many articles for and I was the editor and publisher of The Steadicam Letter.
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Chris Fawcett is a Steadicam® Operator and Cinematographer with 25 years of broadcast and film experience. He was trained on the streets of Belfast, graduating from AC to Camera Operator for BBC Newsnight. In 1998, he became a film and TV documentary DP, shooting mountaineering footage on Aconcagua at 7,000 meters.
In 2003, a passion for camera movement led him to Steadicam®. He now specialises in the aesthetics of camera movement, filming and teaching world-wide. His feature film, Let Each One Go Where He May—a series of 10 ten-minute continuous Steadicam® takes, shot in the heart of the Amazon Rainforest—won Best Film at 5 international film festivals, attracting high praise for his cinematography. Chris is the author of Steadicam® Posture, and co-inventor of the Steadiseg, the 3rd generation Steadicam® Segway®.
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Robin Thwaites originally qualified as a photographer at what is now Richmond upon Thames College, near London and followed this working in various studios. He moved to become involved with a major motion picture manufacturer and rental house where he first became involved with Steadicam®.
He was involved in organising the first major Steadicam® Workshop in the UK with the late Ted Churchill as lead instructor in 1987, has been instrumental in creating multiple workshop formats for the UK and EU and has also participated as both joint instructor or technical advisor for Tiffen at Steadicam® Operators Association and other workshops.
Wan Zhong Wei
Wan Zhong Wei
To operate the Steadicam is like doing a dance, structured but with finesse and yet able to tell a story. Although Zhong Wei is not a dancer by nature, he is able to move together as if he is one with the camera. He has then sparked an interest in the art of the moving camera since 2009.
Being technically eloquent with various camera formats, Zhong Wei is able to perform to his fullest potential even in the most demanding situations. Based in Singapore, He has collaborated with Directors and DPs locally and internationally such as Taiwan, China, Malaysia, United States and the United Kingdom.
As a firm believer of education, Zhong Wei has been an instructor on several Tiffen Steadicam-accredited workshops since 2013. Being eloquent in a few languages such as English, Chinese and Cantonese, these has brought him to Philippines and China for the Steadicam Bronze and Silver workshops, educating and inspiring many other Steadicam operators alike.
Rebecca (Bex) has been shooting professionally in NZ since the '80's.
She attended Garrett Brown's and Jerry Holway's 2002 US workshop and has been a working Steadicam Operator ever since. Her experience includes live television such as 'Dancing with the Stars', Live Sports, 'World of Wearable Art' Awards, Official Public Engagements, Film Premieres, Concerts and much more.
Bex instructed alongside Garrett and Jerry at the Australian and Malaysian Gold workshops in 2011/2012 and while she enjoys working locally, she loves instructing and is looking forward to leading many more workshops. She is passionate about the craft of Steadicam and thrives on seeing the progress and success of her students.