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The Steadicam Operator's Handbook by Jerry Holway, Laurie Hayball (Paperback, 2012)
Both informational and inspirational, THE STEADICAMÂ® OPERATORâ€™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 worldâ€™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 filmmakingâ€•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 anecdotesâ€•inspirational, funny, instructive, and cautionaryâ€•written by a number of other experienced Steadicam operators around the world, including the legendary inventor of the Steadicam himself, Garrett Brown. THE STEADICAMÂ® OPERATORâ€™S HANDBOOK is both a master class and a master reference for all camera operators and directors who want to move the camera well.