Since its introduction in 1975, the steadicam has practically created an entirely new genre of film, and the possibilities for shots and reactions are endless. Making its debut in the Woody Guthrie biopic “Bound for Glory,” directed by Hal Ashby, the camera allowed for the viewer to see Woody and his family in an entirely different light, not to mention have a more integrated and cerebral movie-going experience as a whole.
In this eclectic new supercut from Borealisk, the history of the steadicam is explored in the best way possible: beautiful, memorable scenes set to the tune of some kitschy, jivey songs. Borealisk begins with “Bound for Glory” and jumps right into Rocky Balboa running through the streets of Philadelphia in 1976. From there, we see steadicam work from Stanley Kubrick in “The Shining” as Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) menaces his son through a snowy pathway, and Martin Scorsese in “Goodfellas” as Henry Hill (Ray Liotta) meanders through restaurant kitchens with Karen (Lorraine Bracco) in hand.
Borealisk continues chronologically, with The Bride hunting down O’Ren Ishii in “Kill Bill: Volume 1,” and Emmanuel Lubezki’s best work (in this author’s mind) following Clive Owen through an annihilated city in “Children of Men.” Last year’s Academy Award-winning Best Picture, “Birdman,” makes an appearance, as does “The Revenant,” perhaps a frontrunner for the same award in 2016.
Take a look at the video and let us know your favorite moment in steadicam history in the comments below.