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May 31, 2013 12:35 PM
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Watch: 'The Art of Steadicam' Highlights Virtuoso Camerawork

The Steadicam shot has become so ubiquitous in modern movies that it is easy to take it for granted.  Aaron Sorkin owes the Steadicam for his trademark walk-and-talk scenes, and it's allowed us to follow some of our favorite film characters across some of the most beautiful vistas. It's easy to not give full consideration to the thought and skill that is required to pull off such intricate and sustained camerawork. Refocused Media, a Texas-based media company that specialized in creating film and photography, has put together a compilation of various examples of Steadicam shots in films.

The 10-minute video touches on some of the most iconic uses of Steadicam cinematography in film, such as Danny riding around the Overlook Hotel on his bike in "The Shining" and Henry Hill walking with Karen through the Copacabana nightclub in "Goodfellas," as well as less obvious examples like Scully booking it down a hallway during an episode of "The X-Files." Watching "The Art of Steadicam," below, may leave you both immersed and impressed.

The Art of Steadicam from Refocused Media on Vimeo.

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  • Dana | May 31, 2013 3:42 PMReply

    Can someone tell me? from 3:57 to 4:08 . The moment with the moving staircase. What movie is this from?? Thank you!

  • Refocused Media | May 31, 2013 7:44 PM

    Carlito's Way

  • hbhb | May 31, 2013 2:40 PMReply

    There's definitely a few jib shots peppered in there, which is different to steadicam. Just saying...

  • Refocused Media | May 31, 2013 4:30 PM

    All captured with a Steadicam, although it does include shots where the operator stepped onto a crane lift (Kill Bill, Much Ado About Nothing, etc).

  • tim driscoll | May 31, 2013 1:52 PMReply

    Really enjoyed watching the steadicam. As always with these kinds of things, something gets left out. I would have liked to have scene any of the beautiful steadicam shots in 'Children of Men' and more from P.T. Anderson films. Still quite fun to watch though.

  • Refocused Media | May 31, 2013 2:21 PM

    Hey Tim, glad you enjoyed it. Just a note, and something I learned while making this video actually, there is no Steadicam in Children of Men. It was shot traditionally handheld. Which makes the camera work in it even more impressive, I'd say.