When watching TV or movies, smooth, steady shots are something some take for granted. They somehow move quickly across the floor without any bumps or a sense of vertigo.
As it turns out, viewers can thank Garrett Brown and his groundbreaking invention, the Steadicam, for those shots.
The Steadicam is a lightweight, hand-held stabilizer that gives camera operators a steady hand when on the move to capture shots like Sylvester Stallone’s character, Rocky, running up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Now standard issue, the Steadicam has evolved beyond film. There’s the sky cam, the fly cam and the dive cam.
We met Brown five years ago, on assignment for “CBS Sunday Morning,” in the throws of retirement. Now, he’s back with a new invention to help people with disabilities move with the same smoothness as his Steadicam.