A Walkumentary on "Happy" Steadicam Op Jon Beattie

Happy - A Walkumentary

If you've ever seen a Steadicam op on-set, then you know it's one of the most physically demanding production jobs. Consider what Jon Beattie rolled with while making the 24 hour "Happy" video:

  • 10+ days of shooting
  • 7 miles of walking backwards
  • approximately 250,000 steps
  • all while listening to the song 400 times or so

Yet, Beattie is happy as can be as he walks us through that video and the overall risks and rewards of being the steadicam man.

And, the fact most of the footage here runs in reverse makes things even more confusing/clever.

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