The Steadiseg, co-invented with Ulrich Kahlert, is a modification to a standard Segway that replaces the handlebars with a control stick between the knees, allowing it to be operated entirely hands-free. The 'hard-mount' assembly for tool support eliminates carrying strain, permitting heavy tools and bulky camera setups (IMAX, 3D rigs, etc.) to be flown for extended periods without fatigue. Finally, the addition of safety fenders around the wheels prevents most Segway-related accidents—see video below. Coupled with a Steadicam system, it's a dolly without tracks—wherever you want, whenever you want—instantly available to create anything from a subtle perspective change to a dramatic traveling shot. The Steadiseg is intuitive to ride, and entirely fluid in its movement, allowing dynamic and complex moves to be executed with precision. Stability at all speeds is excellent: ramping effortlessly from a slow interior architectural track to a fast outdoor chase scene, it offers rapid set-ups and delivers stunning results. The Steadiseg is the only camera vehicle considered safe enough by the International Olympic Committee to be permitted on track with the atheletes.
When it came time to do a POV of the dog racing through the station, I told Bob (Robert Richardson) I could do it. Could I? This was a big movie, and the rig was very heavy and I was inexperienced with the Steadiseg...should I really be trying this? I took a deep breath and went for it. Marty was at the other end of the stage. After several rehearsals, building up speed with each one, I did the first take, and I immediately heard yelling. 'What's that?' I asked Bob, as he met me returning from the run.Larry McConkey, Steadicam operator, on his Steadiseg shots from Scorsese's Hugo
"He said, 'I guess it's not working out. Marty's (Martin Scorsese) not happy.' I was crestfallen. Then a moment later, 'Just kidding—he loved it!' Marty was excited to shoot so quickly and easily. Up to then, camera car shots through crowds with the 3D rigs had been an exercise in extreme patience.
I’ve been the creative director for HoopTee Celebrity Golf Classic and Achievements Unlimited for the past four years. This year was HoopTee’s 10th anniversary so I knew that I wanted to step it up, and what better way than to use the Steadiseg. To say that it is an amazing tool is an understatement. Steadisegs increase production value tremendously. Moving the camera through space gives footage a three-dimensional feel that allows the viewer to better comprehend who and what they are seeing. To be able to move about freely without the concern of carrying the weight is priceless for me, because it allows me to focus on what is most important—the shot.Mechelle LaVelle, Steadicam operator
Congrats to Ulik and Chris. That brilliant little 'Strandbeest' clip on the beach totally validates its indispensable usefulness for Steadicam. This video needs to be seen by every Steadicam operator.Steadicam Inventor, Garrett Brown
STEADISEG SAFETY FENDERS—EXPLAINED