A steadicam is a device that balances the camera and makes for fluent movement. It is something that is used a lot in music videos. Terrence Malick, the director, is also pretty well know for using steadicams in his productions.
They still use steadicams everywhere, and often with a body-strap-contraption. Try and watch NFL, once the whistle blows, people run in with huge steadicams-rigs on.
It’s hard to operate a steadicam, because it is tough to balance it properly. Even the tiniest changes alter the weight balance (like, if you flip out the flipscreen). Therefore, remember to calibrate it perfectly and become acquainted with it.
TRIPOD / MONOPOD
When you borrow a tripod, remember to keep track of where the base plate is! The base plate is the flat thingy on top of the tripod, that attaches to the camera.
A tripod is a great measure for stabilizing and composing your shots. Here’s a video showing a couple of different tricks for how to use your tripod as a make believe steadicam and other stuff:
We mostly use Manfrotto tripods because of their added weight and smooth motion.
SCORPIONS AND HANDLES.
We got two kinds of scorpion handles at EASJ. The handle just provides some extra grip and stability. Often used in skateboarding.
Some handles go directly into the hotshoe, others a mounted in the base screw underneath the camera.
A dolly can look a lot of different ways. You’ve probably seen it on movie sets and in music videos. It’s basically a set of wheels OR a rail system to make smooth panning shots. We got one at EASJ that is 6 meters long. You pair it with your tripod and it is very light weight!
Two handles and a shoulder pad. Sometimes the rigs are more complex with monitors and more. We have plenty of these and they offer a great solution for almost any video job.