Steadicam® Celebrates its 30th Anniversary at NAB 2005
Las Vegas, NV, NAB 2005, Booth SU7876, April 18th – 21st - Celebrating its 30th year serving the motion picture and television industry, Steadicam, a division of The Tiffen Company (Booth #SU7876), will conduct a press conference at 10:00 AM on Tuesday April 19th at the NAB Press Room N243. At that time, Steadicam will again advance the science of camera stabilizing systems with their latest technological achievements and award winning designs that have set the standard for three decades.
Conceived and developed by Garrett Brown in the early 1970’s, the original concept was to find a way of capturing smooth hand-held action sequences while moving over uneven terrain, or though a crowd. In 1974 Cinema Products Corporation purchased Garrett Brown’s invention and officially changed the name from the ‘Brown Stabilizer’ to ‘Steadicam’. The original Steadicam made its debut in the feature film, ‘Bound for Glory’ in 1975 with Brown as the worlds first ‘Steadicam’ operator. Soon after, Steadicam quickly revealed its enormous potential with the incredible action sequences captured in ‘Rocky’, ‘Marathon Man’ and ‘The Shining’. Shortly thereafter, a range of other Steadicam Camera Stabilizing Systems followed, along with a new type of highly skilled and sought after professional, the Steadicam operator. This has now developed into a specialized association of operators, with members world-wide.
In 1978 Garrett Brown and Cinema Products received an Oscar for technical achievement of the ‘Steadicam’. Since then, Garrett Brown has been involved in the shooting of hundreds of movies, along with the development of other camera stabilizing devices and holds 50 patents worldwide, including those for the ‘Steadicam JR’, ‘Skycam’ and Emmy-award winning ‘Divecam’. Brown is a member of the American Society of Cinematographers, the Directors Guild, the Screen Actors Guild and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. His popular lecture on ‘The Moving Camera’ has been seen at film festivals and schools, including the Media Lab at MIT.
In 2000, The Tiffen Company purchased Cinema Products. Since then, the Steadicam engineering and design staff at Tiffen, along with the creative genius of Garrett Brown and colleagues, has continued to develop new award winning Steadicam systems. The most recent, the Steadicam Flyer, was presented with ‘Best of Show’ by the DV Professional Association at the 2004 NAB Show.