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Andrew Johnson

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Production Title Shot Name
Gabriel Hide and Seek
Killing Them Softly Sneaky Entrance
The Black Ryder "Sweet Come Down" The Black Ryder "Sweet Come Down"
Thirsty Merc Wasting Time

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  Q & A
Do you remember the first time you saw or heard of the Steadicam?
Yes, it was on the back of an old American Cinematographers magazine, the late Bob Ulland in one of his famous back cover ads. I was about 15 and thought "right thats what i want to do... steadicam" Seeing the amazing live Steadicam work on the Oscars broadcasts and films like The Shining helped too.

 

What was it about the Steadicam that made you want to pursue it as a career?
It was different, not many people knew how to do it and i thought it was the perfect mix of creativity and mechanics that would keep me interested.

 

What were you doing prior to Steadicam?
Camera work - TV station.

 

What were some of the biggest challenges you remember about becoming a Steadicam operator?
Doing tonnes of crappy jobs, like short films and no budget music videos. practice got very boring by yourself in the backyard.. especially with a homemade rig at first.

 

What are some of the biggest challenges now?
The lack of descent storytellers (directors).

 

Did you ever have a "big break' moment? A career event that clearly changed or paved the way for everything to follow?
I was lucky, but only after working very hard... i had a few breaks through Australian cinematographers like Peter Holland and Greig Fraser.

 

From whom do you take your inspiration? Has that changed over the course of your career?
Garrett Brown, so humble, keen, inventive and always excited about his love for the moving image.

 

Is there a shot, film, or moment in your career that you can think of as your most proud?
waiting for that film to be released soon...standby early 2012 : )

 

What work of your peers do you admire?
Larry McConkey - the Lightning Blue Eyes Music video - brilliant .. and all of his work. I aspire to operators who are good at steadicam and normal operating too, guys like Scott Sakamoto.

 

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"?
we are optimists. Some people see a challenge and only see the problems, i think most steadicam ops see a challenge and think mostly of the possibilities.

 

 

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