VOTD: The Art Of Steadicam

The Art Of SteadicamGarrett Brown operating Steadicam on Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining

Refocused Media compiled a video celebrating the great Steadicam tracking (or Steadicam on a crane) shots of classic movies. The supercut features almost 40 films (from Stanley Kubrick to Paul Thomas Anderson) and a couple tracking shots from television (yes, The West Wing). Larry Wright explains The Art of Steadicam video edit:

These sequences are accomplished using a Steadicam, which is essentially a balanced stabilizer that allows for smoother and more easily controlled handheld camera operation. Invented by Garrett Brown in the early 70?s, the steadicam shot — or ‘steadishot’ — has become one of the most dynamic and exciting forms of cinematography and is one of the most engaging visual techniques in a filmmaker’s storytelling arsenal. I was inspired to make this homage to the art of steadicam cinematography when browsing the database of “top” clips over at steadishots.org, which are rated by the community. After locating what sources I could from the top 50 or so, I decided to stick with the order presented on the site (accurate as of March 1, 2013).

Watch The Art Of Steadicam video embedded after the jump.

The Art Of Steadicam

Music tracks (in order):

  • Alt-J – Tessellate
  • The Black Keys – Little Black Submarine
  • Apparat – Ash/Black Veil

List of clips (in order of post-intro appearance):

  1. Kill Bill Vol. 1
  2. Atonement
  3. Eyes Wide Shut
  4. Artificial Intelligence: AI
  5. ER: Season 4, Ep. 20
  6. The X-Files: Season 6, Ep. 03
  7. Raising Cain
  8. Pride & Prejudice
  9. Boogie Nights
  10. Doom
  11. Point Break
  12. Pulp Fiction
  13. Werckmeister Harmonies
  14. Outpost 11
  15. After Hours
  16. Much Ado About Nothing
  17. Marathon Man
  18. Carlito’s Way
  19. Goodfellas
  20. Rocky
  21. Michael Clayton
  22. The Peacemaker
  23. The West Wing: Season 1, Ep. 04
  24. The Birdcage
  25. Flightplan
  26. Donnie Darko
  27. Good Night and Good Luck
  28. The Doors
  29. Before Sunset
  30. The Shining
  31. Thank You For Smoking
  32. The West Wing: Season 1, Ep. 10
  33. The Protector
  34. Two Days in the Valley
  35. Pride & Prejudice
  36. The Mighty Quinn
  37. Serenity
  38. Eyes Wide Shut
  39. Fight Club
  40. Full Metal Jacket
  41. Full Metal Jacket
  42. Malcolm X
  43. The Shining
  44. The Shining
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