SteadiCam Operator: The Kiss

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The Kiss


SteadiCam Operator


Carl Wiedemann

The Kiss is a great example of why steadicam operators are so valuable.  This shot simply couldn’t have been executed without a steadicam.  They would have had to build a dolly track rollercoaster, but even then the dolly track would have been in the shot.” – Justin Jackola

Hi everyone and thanks for joining us here at Exposing the Crew: A Place for Chicago-made Short Films!

This week’s ETC HIGHLIGHT is “The Kiss“.  Written and Directed by Angie Gaffney, we follow a young couple’s romantic night out revealing the inner-workings of a marriage proposal.

The ability to grab one continuous shot is no easy task, and that is why we chose to EXPOSE the talent of the SteadiCam Operator, Carl Wiedemann.

Carl stated that in order to obtain the visual fluidity you see in this film, he had three separate rehearsals several weeks prior to the filming day. Each session used a different camera that helped work out timing, key camera positions, and blocking with primary performers.  The final project was filmed using a Super-16mm, Arri SR2.

When I asked Carl about his experience he stated, “For this project, involving complex timing issues over a nearly six minute duration, it was important to have the key camera positions pinned down before the filming day….in a way that was aesthetically pleasing/not awkward and distracting.”

Thank you for watching this weeks “EXPOSED” short film, and reading our new blog Exposing the Crew: A Place for Chicago-made Short Films!

See you next Tuesday!