Cover of "The Blair Witch Project"

http://vimeo.com/1394069

This is the Telly Award Winner of 2009 video about the DIY Steadicam. In the video Videopedia® explains how mind blowing the invention of the Steadicam® was  back in 1977, and how you can create one yourself for under $65. Films like Cloverfield and The Blair Witch Project recieved tons of national gross product by the use of their simple “shakey” camera work to resemble amature filming by characters in the film. The video explains that videos don’t have to be shakey, in order to be successful. The main principle that makes the Steadicam work the way it does, is the equal distribution of weight on all 3 axis, pan, tilt, and cant. Videopedia explained that you can buy the gimbal (part of the Steadicam that keeps the up camera straight) for $50 on AMVONA, that moves freely, secure, and also cheap. The modding plate (sort of like handles on the Steadicam that allow the user to walkaround with the camera while keeping the camera still) can be created simply screwing a 3-inch PVC pipe through the frount of the camera and adding 90° joints to each end, then adding additional PVC pipe, and then bolting a certain type of bolt (explained in video) to balance the weight on all of the 3 axis. All these extra materials are no more than $15. This way you can easily start experimenting with Garret Brown’s Steadicam® invention in your own backyard for under $60. The video was very well done. It was funny, smart, and entertaining. Anybody who has ever had any interest in flying camera supports used in movies, click away.

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