Best steadicam shots of all time featured in captivating video


posted Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 7:38 PM EDT


The fluid, chest-high steadicam shot has become so ubiquitous to movies and TV, it's difficult to imagine those art forms existing without them.

For instance, it's hard to think of Martin Scorsese's  classic gangster movie "Goodfellas" without the winding, follow shot through the chaotic kitchen of the dinner club. Or what about the ominous scene in Stanley Kubrick's adaptation of "The Shining," where the camera follows young Danny Torrance as he pedals through The Overlook Hotel on his tricycle? Without a steadicam, both of those scenes would have been nearly impossible.

Invented by cameraman Garrett Brown (right with Kubrick) in 1975, the steadicam is a stabilizing device for motion picture cameras that was designed to reduce camera shake. The result has been some amazingly smooth point-of-view footage that has changed how movies and television shows are shot and viewed.

Now film and photography content creator Larry Wright has edited together a captivating video of some of the best steadicam shots -- aka "steadishots" -- in a Vimeo clip titled "The Art of the Steadicam." Wright was inspired to create "this homage to the art of steadicam cinematography" while browsing a database of the most popular clips on

Check out the movie below. Below the video, there's a list of the movies and TV shows that Wright pulled the steadishots from. Read more about his selections at Refocused Media.

(Via Buzzfeed)


List of clips, in order of appearance:

Kill Bill Vol. 1
Eyes Wide Shut
Artificial Intelligence: AI
ER: Season 4, Ep. 20
The X-Files: Season 6, Ep. 03
Raising Cain
Pride & Prejudice
Boogie Nights
Point Break
Pulp Fiction
Werckmeister Harmonies
Outpost 11
After Hours
Much Ado About Nothing
Marathon Man
Carlito’s Way
Michael Clayton
The Peacemaker
The West Wing: Season 1, Ep. 04
The Birdcage
Donnie Darko
Good Night and Good Luck
The Doors
Before Sunset
The Shining
Thank You For Smoking
The West Wing: Season 1, Ep. 10
The Protector
Two Days in the Valley
Pride & Prejudice
The Mighty Quinn
Eyes Wide Shut
Fight Club
Full Metal Jacket
Full Metal Jacket
Malcolm X
The Shining
The Shining