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The Art of the Steadicam

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Slade Sohmer


By Slade Sohmer on March 5, 2013


For our money, there is no better scene in cinema history than the three-minute Steadicam shot in Goodfellas of Henry and the future Mrs. Karen Hill walking in through the back door of the Copacabana, through the kitchen and up to the bar, the pair glad-handing the club’s patrons along the way.

The folks at Refocused Media enjoy the work of the Steadicam as well, and using “the database of ‘top’ clips over at steadishots.org” as the guide, they developed a supercut of truly super Steadicam scenes. Amazing.

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Refocused Media lists the scenes it used here:

List of clips, in order of appearance:
Kill Bill Vol. 1
Atonement
Eyes Wide Shut
Artificial Intelligence: AI
ER: Season 4, Ep. 20
The X-Files: Season 6, Ep. 03
Raising Cain
Pride & Prejudice
Boogie Nights
Doom
Point Break
Pulp Fiction
Werckmeister Harmonies
Outpost 11
After Hours
Much Ado About Nothing
Marathon Man
Carlito’s Way
Goodfellas
Rocky
Michael Clayton
The Peacemaker
The West Wing: Season 1, Ep. 04
The Birdcage
Flightplan
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
Serenity
Eyes Wide Shut
Fight Club
Full Metal Jacket
Full Metal Jacket
Malcolm X
The Shining
The Shining

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