The Steadicam User Gallery!

Steadicam User Gallery!

This is the most pathetic example of how to wear or use ANY Steadicam system. This photo was taken and used by Chuck Gloman for a 2011 review in Television Broadcast. I wrote to him to ask if he knew what was wrong with the picture and I even challenged him to email Garrett Brown. No reply! This is what happens people who don't know a damned thing about something publish media as if they're experts in the field. This is similar to when extras in a movie hold playing news photographers hold their ENG cameras by the top of the camera instead of by the lens with both hands. Shame on you Chuck!

Ah, back in the days of Hi-8!! (circa 1991) I thought it would be fair if I showed my mug first in the gallery before I showed everyone else! I was much thinner in '91. This is the only good shot to date of me operating a Steadicam JR. Little did I know that someday I'd be flying a VX-1000 (or a High Def camera) on that very same Steadicam JR!!

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My good friend and colleague, Joe Collins, maximizes his JR/VX-1000 on a recent trip to Guinea, Africa. Joe spent two weeks shooting interviews and dusty action shots for a series of documentary-style videos for his church. Joe also used Azden wireless mics, a Kenko wide lens adapter, and a Velbon fluid head tripod to round out his equipment package. His JR and VX-1000 performed flawlessly!

(Upon his return home Joe did discover that 3 screws were missing from his VX-1000 tripod mounting plate--The good news is that we found them floating around in the bottom of his camera bag!)

Joe Masucci shoots outside of the Lark Tavern in Albany, NY for an original 'fanfic' episode of the X-Files (written by Joe and his brother, Dan). Joe made extensive use of the JR on this project. The Sennheiser microphone replaced the "Obie" light right from the beginning. He started his Steadicam career shooting with a Sony VX-3 and continued with the VX-1000 in 1997. Now Joe and Dan are trying to get a feature film financed and produced. If you ever get a chance to see the 90 minute version of their movie, "The Last Round," you'll find it to be one of the best independent feature films ever made!

Their website is .

20 year filmmaking veteran Dan Philgreen shoots a cattle round-up in North Dakota. A pickup truck was pressed into service as an impromptu camera car. He used a large carabiner (like mountain climbers use) clipped to his belt to make a parking spot for the Steadicam rig so he could use both hands without having to uncable and set down the rig. Visit Dan's website at for all the info!

Veteran cameraman David Green uses a "battle-weary" JR in the Brazilian rainforest to shoot an interview for his documentary "Legends of a Flying Canoe". Though it isn't explained in a January 1998 VIDEOGRAPHY article as to how the JR really broke, Green found the rig too fragile for jungle shooting. Hmmm, I wonder if he sat on it or dropped it? Only the editors of Green's article will know for sure because his prose seemed hacked apart. The printed article just says that screws "fell" out of the monitor and he had to reattach it with packing tape (note the tape on the upper spar in the photo). The shoot nearly cost Green his camera as well due to humidity and a colony of small nesting ants.

Michael Wiese uses the JR to get his VX-1000 closer to the action for his DV feature movie called "Coyote's Honor". Though only used in one or two shots, the JR was among many tools in the movie company's bag of tricks including a full-sized Matthews camera crane, dolly, and a fully-loaded grip truck. Wiese is the producer of "Hardware Wars" and since I thought that film was really cool I'd operate a JR for him any day of the week for nothing!

Bob Ketchum, videographer for Cedar Crest Studios, captured in the act of shooting steadicam footage for a client. Bob wields a Sony VX-3 Hi-8 and note the proper Steadicam JR interface via the "S" adapter (manufactured by Cinema Products). The "S" adapter allows the NiCad camcorder battery to ride below the center of gravity for better weight distribution while supplying power up to the camera thru a customized cable and adapter. The "S" adapter is a Godsend for any VX-3 owner needing to fly on a JR. (Mine worked perfectly when I owned a VX-3) Lookin' good Bob! Thanks for the photo!!

It's a Panasonic--but it's Mini-DV! Bill Werntz, media specialist for Gunsite Training Center in Arizona, wisely chooses the Steadicam JR over the EZ-1's image stabilizer. Bill produces a huge variety of training videos for the military, S.W.A.T., and for consumer awareness. His operating form is nearly perfect and it looks like he's taking great care of his rig. Bill says, "I haven't seen anybody else doing it--and I fly that thing around like I carry my right hand; it's just like a piece of me now." Bill, let me send you a resume tape so I can show you how long I've been Steadicamming with my DV system!! I think your job sounds really exciting and I would love to see examples of your work some day!
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Complete the Handheld Steadicam Workshop Tour!!--all written by John Brune

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