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Old March 20th, 2008, 02:34 PM   #1
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Jerky Steadicam on "Idol"

Anyone see that very-noticeable Steadicam jerk to the left on Kristi Lee Cook, during the Beatles medley last night? I thought a cable got stepped on or something. They recovered quick but I hope no one lost their job.
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Old March 20th, 2008, 02:46 PM   #2
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I saw that too and thought it was a great recovery. Looked to me like either the op ran into something or someone clipped him on their way past.
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Old March 20th, 2008, 08:29 PM   #3
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Just looked the shot up on YouTube. Really a shame since it's such good operating for the entire duration of the song. My guess is the gal that had just exited frame walked into the rig. There didn't appear to be anything around for the operator to run into. Cables are usually tethered from rig to the operator, and then to the ground so if one was stepped on or tripped over, it would only pull on the operator, not the rig. Typically when the operator bumps the rig himself, it's the knee hitting the base of the sled, knocking it out to the side, resulting in a quick rock in the horizon. What I see in the Idol shot is the lens being snapped out to the left and slightly up - definitely what it would do if someone ran into it.

On more than one occasion, an actor or extra has walked straight into me or my rig. You'd think, as big and flashy as we are on set, you'd be the last thing they'd run into. It's surprising every time. It hasn't happened to me, but I've heard of serious slices on foreheads from people running into matteboxes and eyebrows.
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Old March 21st, 2008, 08:16 AM   #4
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Thanks for the insight. I agree it looked pretty cool otherwise.
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Old March 23rd, 2008, 12:29 AM   #5
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Just watched it on youtube. Too bad, it was excellent work. Still is, just has that one flaw in it. It would be very interesting as an operator to work on a segment like that.
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