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Garrett Brown, the inventor of the Steadicam, talks about the nuts and bolts of The Shining's production, with plenty of behind-the-scenes insight into the Kubrick filmmaking process. “His discussions of Kubrick as a filmmaker who approached film from an almost scientific point of view are interesting and readily apparent when watching the film. A perfect example of how a commentary can really enhance your appreciation of a film.”

“I guess I wanted to be there myself because Kubrick is, let’s face it, The Man. He is the one director working who commands absolute authority over his project from conception to release print. The ultimate technologist, but more, his technology serves a larger vision which is uniquely his own. He is a filmmaker in the most pure sense of the word. I learned a great deal about the making of movies from simply being on hand for the stupefying number of discussions which sought to improve one aspect or another of the production.” —Garrett Brown

Two articles from the August 1980 issue of American Cinematographer, detailing the making of Stanley Kubrick’s horror masterpiece. The first article consists of an interview with cinematographer John Alcott, while the second article — The Steadicam and The Shining — looks in detail at the Steadicam, Garrett Brown’s then-brand-new stabilization rig.

In this great short documentary, Garrett Brown taks about ‘Rocky’ (and the famous ‘stairs’ shot), ‘Bound For Glory,’ and of course his revolutionary invention — the Steadicam. A must see for anyone whose passion is cinematography.

There is also an incredible interview with Garrett Brown on his experience on Brian De Palma’s masterpiece ‘Blow Out.’

Garrett Brown likes to find problems that need inventive solutions: among them, the SteadiCam, SkyCam, and other unique cameras that have transformed our perspective on filmmaking. At the EG4 (2010) Conference.

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