Jul 19, 2010

film term of the day: Steadicam

Steadicam: a camera mount equipped with a gyro that a camera man uses to prevent shaking during hand-held shots.

Example: My Cousin Vinny
Mona Lisa Vito meets Vinny outside the prison where he has been held overnight for contempt. A steadicam follows the couple as they walk away from the prison yard.

Similar shots can be produced using cranes or dollies, but the steadicam tends to provide a more intimate feeling since it can get very close to the action. Also, a steadicam can move along with the action in more versatile ways than a crane-mounted camera can.

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