The Art of the Steadicam Pays Homage to Years of Stable Cinematography

Invented in the early 1970’s by cameraman Garrett Brown, the Steadicam has become a staple in the world of motion pictures. But given how frequently it’s used, most of us have lost appreciation for the true impact the camera stabilizer has made.

Knowing this (and wishing to change it) the people over at Refocused Media have put together the above compilation using famous clips from almost 50 different films — clips that may have never been attempted if it wasn’t for the Steadicam.

The compilation was inspired by a visit to SteadiShot, a website dedicated to the art of the Steadicam and its operators. After looking through SteadiShot’s list of top 50 titles, they couldn’t help but share these clips that, as they put it, stand as evidence that the Steadicam is still “one of the most engaging visual techniques in a filmmaker’s storytelling arsenal.”

Browse through the full list of films used in the compilation at Refocused Media.

(via The Verge)

  • Tim Biller

    Shirley the Kill Bill overhead track was with a motion controlled rig, not a Steadicam (unless the operator was leaping from door frame to door frame?

  • Refocused Media

    The Steadicam op actually got on a crane lift during the shot.

  • Refocused Media

    The Steadicam op actually gets on a crane lift during the shot.

  • bob cooley

    Glad to see the clip from “Russian Ark” in here. If you haven’t seen it and are a steady-cam fan, it’s a must-see.

    The film is far from perfect narratively, but its a gorgeous 96-minute film shot as a single take (no edits) on steady-cam.

  • cas_e

    Before Sunset is not only amazing but the steadicam work is fantastic. One shot is 11 minutes long. Highly recommend it.

  • isiah baskins

    what’s the name of the first film? i swear that i’ve seen it before

  • Refocused Media

    The two films used in the intro are Goodfellas and Fight Club.