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Another naive question by me, please forgive me in advance.
What’s the best way to obtain a steady handheld shot (without using a steadycam, i mean) ? A gimbal, image stabilization digital effects in post production or…?
While watching 1917 I realized at the very beginning of the movie (when the two soldiers stand up and walk through the camp) that even a relatively (compared to the rest of the movie) simple scene like that should have been a bit tricky, because of the terrain and the path the two characters follow: it’s very irregular and uneven, with many obstacles and the way is getting narrower and narrower as the two men walk , then there’s the trench entrance etc etc. And to follow the scene you had to shoot it walking backwards. Still the camera is very steady and to notice an almost imperceptible sign of movement due to the terrain and camera operator steps I had to watch the scene twice and focus on motionless objects (I mean, something you don’t usually do while watching movies, it’s almost invisible). Was it complicated as it looks to me to obtain such a steady shooting on such a terrain?
This particular shot grabbed my attention because I’m planning to shoot a quite similar situation (a following shot of two characters walking on a country gravel road) and I’m afraid it will look like the scene is happening during an earthquake due to camera shaking while walking on that terrain, ah ah!
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