Have you ever wondered how Hollywood filmmakers get those terrific gliding dolly shots when the camera seems to float with an uncanny smoothness over rough terrain? Or how they make the camera move through narrow hallways, in and out of elevators, and up and down stairs-without a dolly track ever appearing in the picture?
The tool behind the trick, called a "Steadicam" (credited to the genius of Garrett Brown), earned an Oscar for "outstanding technical/scientific achievement" in the motion picture
With so much videotaping going on, it's been easy to notice something that protessional film and videomakers have known for years: People react to being taped and to seeing themselves on tape.
Now the significance of this observation may not be immediately apparent But any videomaker who has taped ordinary people in ordinary situations and has watched them viewing themselves on tape will recognize this reaction phenomenon only too well.
When the smell of burnt leaves hangs in gentle wafts in the snap of a Jack Frost day, thoughts of Halloween and the witching time come creeping on black kitten paws.
Videomaking and All Hallows' Eve are a natural combination, because most of the celebrants are already in costume with makeup. So let's explore some of the devilishly clever ways to create high-impact video records on this night of a thousand faces.