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The Steadicam Operator's Handbook by Jerry Holway, Laurie Hayball (Paperback, 2012)
Both informational and inspirational, THE STEADICAM® OPERATOR’S HANDBOOK is the number one comprehensive guide to becoming a successful owner and operator of the Steadicam. Written by Jerry Holway & Laurie Hayball and packed with interviews and instruction by the world’s premier Steadicam professionals, this book will get you up and running with your rig in no time. You will learn a wide range of practices for the Steadicam, including the physics and balancing through a series of step-by-step line dances and practice shots, to the most personal aspects of filmmaking―how individual operators make creative and practical decisions using this unique camera support system. You will also learn the business side of a Steadicam career, from buying your best rig to negotiating deals with producers and unit production managers. Also included are observations and anecdotes―inspirational, funny, instructive, and cautionary―written by a number of other experienced Steadicam operators around the world, including the legendary inventor of the Steadicam himself, Garrett Brown. THE STEADICAM® OPERATOR’S HANDBOOK is both a master class and a master reference for all camera operators and directors who want to move the camera well.