Steadicam Inventor Reveals the ‘Impossible Shots’ That Changed Filmmaking Forever

by Peter D. Marshall

by Ariston Anderson.


Three-time Oscar-winning Steadicam inventor Garrett Brown holds over 50 patents to various inventions that have changed the way we view images. But he may have also unknowingly invented the first viral video, back in 1974, long before YouTube became a household name.

Brown, who was making commercials and films for Sesame Street in Philadelphia at the time, was sick of working with a huge bulky camera dolly and wanted to find a solution that let him walk freely yet have smooth images. So he took matters into his own hands and came up with the Steadicam. Brown started using it on his commercials but soon realized he was onto something much bigger.

He created a demo reel of 30 Impossible Shots, the very first cinematic use of the Steadicam that included shots of a friend swimming the length of a pool and his wife running across a park and up and down the Philadelphia Art Museum steps. The resulting footage is stunningly beautiful, opening up an entirely new realm of possibility for how films are shot.

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