Create the Future: An Engineering Podcast

Inventing the Steadicam: Garrett Brown

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In the history of motion picture technology, few people have had a more profound effect on cinematography than today's guest, the Oscar® and Emmy®-winning Garrett Brown. Garrett invented an ingenious camera rig called the Steadicam—a stabilising system for cameras that allows smooth, wobble-free tracking shots.

In this episode of the Create the Future podcast, we speak to Garrett about his storied career in cinema, working on iconic films including Rocky, Casino, The Shining, and Raging Bull alongside directors such as Stanley Kubrick and Martin Scorsese. We discuss how iterative engineering proved central to the Steadicam’s invention, explore the engineering challenges of the SkyCam, FlyCam, DiveCam, and MobyCam, and discuss his latest project, the Zeen ambulator.

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