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#1 Joel Knights

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Posted 15 January 2016 - 07:15 AM

Hey all, sorry for the novice question but I've seen a few times where someone will be holding a screen next to or behind the steadicam operator. What is the purpose of this? It doesn't appear to be affecting light from what I can tell.
I've attached a BTS pic from The Intern as an example.

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#2 Brian Drysdale

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Posted 15 January 2016 - 07:53 AM

Wind is a problem for Steadicams, so wind shields are used, which may be the case here..


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#3 Stuart Brereton

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Posted 15 January 2016 - 11:19 AM

That's actually a 4x4 double net, which as Brian says, is being used as a wind break for the steadicam.


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#4 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 15 January 2016 - 12:16 PM

No, that's a two-layer meshy thing. Technical term, y'see.

 

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Posted 15 January 2016 - 01:12 PM

Unlike Grips, Steadicam operators usually aren't as strong as a bull, so the slightest breeze can knock them over.  Hence the mobile windbreak.  In the heat of summer, on sunny days a second grip will be holding a parasol over the operator's head.


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Posted 15 January 2016 - 01:29 PM

I wore one of those years ago at a Sammys open day. It was like having a small (well, not so small) child hanging off your shoulders, with his feet on your chest.

I'm surprised operators don't develop bovine characteristics, unless it's to maintain the mystique of appearing to have magical powers.


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#7 Brian Drysdale

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Posted 15 January 2016 - 01:36 PM

The wind blows the Steadicam around, since you use the lightest grip possible when operating. It's more like dancing with small child, than having one hanging off you,


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