Guns, Photographers, Models, And A Steadicam

It took us about 5 minutes to bring everyone up to speed, place people around the room, and figure out a rough path. The original shot is a little over two minutes long. It’s obviously really hard to get 40 people to hold still for that long, so a lot of the sped up sections hide some of the movement. The other sped up and slowed down parts were just to emphasize it’s epic awesomeness.

I really like the concept.  I assumed they did it the way they said they did before I read the description. The only other way I know to get this effect is to actually have a large number of still cameras fire simultaneously and then you can stitch the pictures together like a video, but that way is obviously more expensive and way more time consuming.

Yea the trigger discipline is non existent on some of the models, but its art/photography so it’s to be expected.

A Steadicam is one of those things I want to get as soon as I get a new video camera.



Jonathan February 15, 2011 at 01:55 pm

thought you might be interested in this…Johnny Chung Lee of Google made his own steadicam for $14…


Cowboy Blob February 15, 2011 at 01:59 pm

Setting up that large number of cameras would Probably get some of those cameras “in the shot” since the camera POV snakes all over the place and “breaks the 180.” Not that there’s a shortage of camera’s seen….


Cowboy Blob February 15, 2011 at 02:09 pm

P.S. I bought one of the “ready-to-use” Poor Man Steadi-Cams that Jonathan mentioned for my prosumer SONY and love it.


Gregory Markle February 15, 2011 at 02:36 pm

Any tripod can be used as a fairly decent steadicam. Mount your camera as per usual but leave the legs retracted. Crank out the upper extension fully, cant the legs backwards relative to the tripod head, and lock it down. You’ll need to experiment a bit to get the right angle for the legs relative to the tripod head so that it balances nicely when you hold the tripod by just the handle which you would normally use to adjust the head. It’s a bit limited in it’s usage but works VERY well for most standing shots when moving or running.


Michael Bakowski February 15, 2011 at 06:15 pm

I have a steadicam, hot gun friends, photographer friends, and access to a big empty building…

Why didn’t I think of this before?



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