"'An important and equally graceful book about what we jokingly called, and now are beginning to believe might actually be, the Noble Instrument.' Garrett Brown 'An important and dynamic book... filled with history, technical diagrams, and insightful analysis of how the mechanism fits together. I love the wonderful anecdotes (extremely informative and often eloquent) and interviews... Brown wrote an amazing introduction that starts the book off with a bang!' Georgia Packard, in Operating Cameraman magazine 'This unique book about a widely used tool in contemporary film production blends theory and practice to create an insightful protrait of Steadicam and moving camera aesthetics.' Stephen Prince, in Film Quarterly magazine 'A fascinating read for anyone interested in the hard details of movie making.' Chris Jenkins, in Home Cinema Choice magazine 'A definitive treatment of the Steadiam' Ray Zone, in American Cinematographer magazine 'For those with no working knowledge or experience with a Steadicam, for students of film or for those intrigued and want to know more about Steadicam and camera work in general, this book really can't be overlooked. Out of ten? ..... a nine.' ONFILM 'If one has always had a fascination with Steadicam, this is the book to get.' Eric Delisle 'For those with no working knowledge or experience with a Steadicam, for students of film or for those intrigued and want to know more about Steadicam and camera work in general, this book really can't be overlooked. It is an important addition to the recent record of cinematography, and adds some valuable insights into the Steadicam's usefulness as a tool.' Reader's review on Amazon.com If you are spending tens of thousands of pounds on a steadicam, then the (comparatively small) investment in this book is well worthwhile. It contains everything you could possibly ever need to know on the use, techniques and aesthetics of the steadicam. - Focus magazine
In this unique study, Serena Ferrara examines the revolutionary impact of the Steadicam on filmmaking. The Steadicam has freed-up the camera operator to follow a film's movement, wherever it is happening. Serena Ferrara explains the principles by which the Steadicam is operated and the impact it has on filmmaking, including the effects it can produce on screen, on a film's narrative, on its audience, and on the director's creativity. Also featured are interviews with movie industry professionals, in which a variety of views of the Steadicam are presented in an open discussion. Interviewees include: Garrett Brown Giuseppe Rotunno John Carpenter Mario Orfini Larry McConkey Nicola Pecorini Haskell Wexler Ed DiGiulio Vittorio Storaro Caroline Goodall Anyone involved in, or fascinated by, the process of filmmaking with find this an enlightening and inspirational study.