The Steadicam Operator’s Handbook, 2nd Edition

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Packed with interviews and instruction by the world’s premier Steadicam professionals, this book will get you up and running with your rig in no time.


Jerry Holway, Jerry Holway, co-inventor of the Steadicam and known as one of the premier Steadicam instructors in the world. and Laurie Hayball, Experienced Steadicam operator, instructor, & photographer.

Market: Steadicam operators (aspiring and current), camera operators, camera assistants, cinematographers, students of film and video production

Both informational and inspirational, THE STEADICAM® OPERATOR’S HANDBOOK is the number one comprehensive guide to becoming a successful owner and operator of the Steadicam. Packed with interviews and instruction by the world’s premier Steadicam professionals, this book will get you up and running with your rig in no time. You will learn a wide range of practices for the Steadicam, including the physics and balancing through a series of step-by-step line dances and practice shots, to the most personal aspects of filmmaking—how individual operators make creative and practical decisions using this unique camera support system. You will also learn the business side of a Steadicam career, from buying your best rig to negotiating deals with producers and unit production managers. Also included are observations and anecdotes—inspirational, funny, instructive, and cautionary—written by a number of other experienced Steadicam operators around the world, including the legendary inventor of the Steadicam himself, Garrett Brown. THE STEADICAM® OPERATOR’S HANDBOOK is both a master class and a master reference for all camera operators and directors who want to move the camera well.

  • Updated movie examples and ample coverage of new technologies and accessories, including Garrett Brown’s new invention, The Tango® and using a Steadicam for filming 3D
  • Offers a complete course in itself: whether you’re a novice or experienced Steadicam operator, you can use this book to build your skill set and move forward in your career
  • Companion website (available here at provides exclusive video instruction and interviews from Steadicam pros

The Steadicam® Operator’s Handbook is the most comprehensive and complete text available on Steadicam equipment and operation. It is essential reading for beginners and experienced operators alike.”
-Dan Kneece, President of the Society of Steadicam Operators

“Precision is key when it comes to pulling off a successful Steadicam shot, and it is also the best word to describe what makes The Steadicam® Operators Handbook essential reading. Written by veteran operators Jerry Holway and Laurie Hayball, it is a treasure trove of specific, detailed information regarding the theory and practice of Steadicam operation. Intelligent but not dryly academic, and complete but never overwhelming, The Steadicam® Operators Handbook is a must.” – Jim Hemphill, American Cinematographer



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