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The steadicam

“The steadicam is a mechanical gadget that allows us to move the camera with a great freedom and smoothness.
Operating a Steadicam requires an understanding of how the instrument works, plus the development of a set of special skills to make the Steadicam move exactly when, where and how desired.”

– Jerry Holway e Laurie Hayball, The Steadicam® Operator’s Handbook

My bio

«I was born August 20th 1981, in Lisbon, Portugal.  I was drawn to photography, early on in life. My father’s hobby was photography and super 8 films.

Because we were inseparable, I would spend hours in his amateur lab, going through magazines, exploring his photographic equipment and looking at his super 8 home made films and so… even before I could read the magic of cinema had encroached upon me.»

Samuel Amaral (1981) graduated in Cinema, Television and Advertising at the IAT – «Training  and Research Institute for Media and Comunication Technology – Universidade Moderna (2001-2004)

In 2003, during his Training,  was invited to accept the function of “Steadicam assistant” which he performed in advertising, films, shortfilms, documentaries and music videos. That’s officially, how he came under the spell of motion pictures.

In 2005, he worked as camera assistant in two epocha series: «Quando os Lobos Uivam» and «Pedro e Inês».

In 2006, started his activity as Video Assistant  in his first feature film: « Do outro Lado de mim»

In 2008, he was admitted at “Planar” – Camera Rental House. He entered the job market as Video Assistant and later on as Image Assistant, having participated  in a variety of renowned national and international  productions.

In 2011, travelled to the US in order to fulfill a dream: – further deepen his knowledge in the art of operating a steadicam, with Masters such as Garret Brown, Jerry Hollway, Ruben Slijter, Chris Fawcett and Peter Abraham.

In 2016, in order to improve his technique, participated in Germany in the 25th International Steadycam Workshop and Electronic Stabilizer Simposium, with Masters, such as, Larry McConkey, Peter Robertson, Nicola Pecorini, Patrick De Ranter and Jorg Widmer.

In more recent years, he’s worked  as Steadicam Operator and Camera operator in a huge variety of film productions, commercials and music videos.

Checkout my latest Transvideo interview

Reel

Equipment

RIG by Betz-Tools

RIG System is designed for all kinds of professional film and videocameras no matter of size and weight, including power-hungry HD and 3D cameras.
Redesigned to be at latest and highest standards.

Top Stage by Betz-Tools

Cameramounting
– Quick, safe and easy mounting of the camera via the ” QuickLok ” fastener for the universal dovetailplate with safety lokpin.
– The universal dovetailplate fits on any camera.

Fine adjustment for two axis
Fine adjustment for the camera, knobs on both sides. Fore/aft and side to side.
The adjustment is self-retaining means no clamping is required.

Design
Built-in reference with a light bubble level.

Junction Box

D-Tab/Lemo/BNC connectors for power, tally ,HD-SDI, USB power outlet for tablets (teleprompter) A built-in red line laser allows easy adjustment for the RIG-post upper to lower base. The laser marking line on the floor is also very useful for the “Focuspuller“.

Top Stage by Betz-Tools

Cameramounting
– Quick, safe and easy mounting of the camera via the ” QuickLok ” fastener for the universal dovetailplate with safety lokpin.
– The universal dovetailplate fits on any camera.

Fine adjustment for two axis
Fine adjustment for the camera, knobs on both sides. Fore/aft and side to side.
The adjustment is self-retaining means no clamping is required.

Design
Built-in reference with a light bubble level.

Junction Box

D-Tab/Lemo/BNC connectors for power, tally ,HD-SDI, USB power outlet for tablets (teleprompter) A built-in red line laser allows easy adjustment for the RIG-post upper to lower base. The laser marking line on the floor is also very useful for the “Focuspuller“.

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