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Dave Isern

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Do you remember the first time you saw or heard of the Steadicam?
1989 high school vid

 

What was it about the Steadicam that made you want to pursue it as a career?
U shoot cool stuff with it and if it wasn't cool u make it cool

 

What were you doing prior to Steadicam?
Shooting & ACing

 

What were some of the biggest challenges you remember about becoming a Steadicam operator?
Traveling

 

What are some of the biggest challenges now?
Traveling

 

Did you ever have a "big break' moment? A career event that clearly changed or paved the way for everything to follow?
When Lisa Rinzler asksed me to operate on "The Night Listener"

 

From whom do you take your inspiration? Has that changed over the course of your career?
Kevin Hewitt, Charles Papert

 

Is there a shot, film, or moment in your career that you can think of as your most proud?
"The Line" TJ-Cali border running long lens

 

Is there a shot or film you can recall as being your most challenging? Why?
Long walk-n-talks in "the Vicious Kind"

 

What work of your peers do you admire?
Old ER

 

Many people will say they've tried on a Steadicam once, and immediately thought, "absolutely not." What do you think is different about those of us that say "absolutely"?
It's the only thing that let me quit skateboarding cold turkey

 

 

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