If you've seen any movie produced within the past four decades, you're probably already familiar with the Steadicam shot. Invented by Garrett Brown in the early 1970s, the camera mount stabilizer has played an integral role in contemporary filmmaking, though given its ubiquity nowadays, its impact often goes under appreciated.
Refocused Media is hoping to change that, with a new compilation video called The Art of the Steadicam. Released online earlier this week, the video eschews narrative history or cinematographic explainers in favor of a simpler, and more viscerally effective compilation. By collecting a selection of clips from a wide range of films, Refocused Media demonstrates not only the Steadicam's visual fingerprint on some of the cinema's most iconic scenes, but its broad range of applications, as well. Whether it's an overhead shot from Kill Bill or Stanley Kubrick's haunting behind-the-tricycle tracking shot from The Shining, it's nearly impossible to imagine these clips being filmed from any other perspective.
In a blog post published earlier this week, Refocused Media said it was inspired to create this homage after browsing through the top 50 titles on SteadiShots.org, a site devoted to Steadicam operators and their art. These films, Refocused Media explains, stand as evidence that the Steadicam remains "one of the most dynamic and exciting forms of cinematography and... one of the most engaging visual techniques in a filmmaker’s storytelling arsenal."
The video above was compiled from clips from nearly 50 films. For the full list, click here.