Steadicam

Carl Wiedemann - Owner/Operator

Carl Wiedemann : Chicago Steadicam Operator, Videographer, Filmmaker I have worked as a Steadicam Operator within a wide variety of genres for 15 years. I have experience on commercials, industrials, music videos, indie features, dramatic shorts, and live broadcasting. I am based in Chicago. An inspection of my Steadicam Reel is an excellent way of determining if my experience and skills are suited to your project.

As an operator I am technically proficient and physically agile. I have worked with 16 and 35mm film gear and innumerable flavors of video (from mini-DV to DSRL and RedCam). I own a rig which can support 36 lbs of camera apparatus: including the Red Cam (Red One, MX, Epic, Scarlet), Sony F55, F900, Panasonic Varicams and the Arri Alexa.

Collaboration

I am very amenable to working in a mode best suited to the needs of a particular project. I can operate in run and gun style (moving quickly to gather b-roll or shoot walk and talks on a corporate video) or in a more refined mode (meticulously rehearsing and revising a shot for a feature or short). On set I am ever-conscious of providing material for a good editing session and keeping pace with the the days intended wrap time.*

Further Steadicam ruminations

I have a great enthusiasm for exploring a situation with the moving camera and finding creative ways of maximizing drama and visual appeal. I concede to having an almost obsessive sense of film composition. Nevertheless, I am always eager to confer with clients and directors to clearly grasp their approach to the material and find the best way to realize their vision.

Local 1220 Steadicam

In the spring to 2010 I was sponsored into the IBEW Local 1220. This enables me to freelance for video Production Contractors that work for local broadcast television companies and also operate at some trade shows. However, this does not restrict me in any way from freelancing on the type of non-union gigs that I've been doing for the past fifteen years or determine my rates (although my commercial steadicam rates are comparable to my rates on Union jobs). Search term: IBEW 1220 Steadicam Operator in Chicago.


*This last sentence vaguely paraphrasing veteran DP Bob Long.

Panasonic HPX500 shoot.
Panasonic HPX500 shoot.
Arri Alexa on Steadicam
Arri Alexa on Steadicam.
Carl with Sony F900R in snowy Chicago.
Carl with Sony F900R in snowy Chicago.
Shooting dance with DSLR on Flyer LE rig.
Shooting dance with DSLR on Flyer LE rig.
Music Video shoot with Red Epic on EFP sled.
Music Video shoot with Red Epic on EFP sled.
Soundstage shoot with Panasonic AF100.
Soundstage shoot with Panasonic AF100.
Sony F3 on PRO sled with Steadyrig arm.
Sony F3 on PRO sled with Steadyrig arm.
Sony F55 on Steadicam.
Sony F55 on Steadicam.
Extra low with the Aaton XC 16mm camera.
Extra low with the Aaton XC 16mm camera.
Music Video with Red Epic on PRO sled.
Music Video with Red Epic on PRO sled.

 
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LINKS
  • Internet Movie Database A partial listing of feature films and shorts I've worked on.
  • My Steadicam Operators Assoc. listing.
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    Steadicam Credits

    Industrial | Corporate | Commercials | TV

    Abbott Labs, Aircell, American College of Cardiology, American Crew, BET Network, Brightstar Corp, Bellator Fighting Championships, Buick, Cablevision, Caffarelli & Siegel law firm, Cassidy Tire, Caterpillar, CDW, Chamberlain, Cheeky Chicago, Chevy Malibu, Chicago Board Options Exchange, Chicago Dream House Raffle, Citadel, Continental Furniture, CVS, de Giulio Kitchen Design, Dyson Vacuums, First Chicago, Forbes Travel Guide, Fresh Wave, G + W Electric, Goshen Center for Cancer Care, Jayco RV, Kerry Ingredients, LG vacuums, Loyola University, Lucent Technologies, Mexico: One Plate at a Time, Mulitiplex Clubs, Museum of Science and Industry, MySpace Live, Merck Pharmaceuticals, Navistar, Nintendo Wii, Peak6 Investments, Porsche Exchange, QVC Network, Qvidian Playbook, SB Nation: Core of Sports, Sears Chef Challenge, Second City Communications, Seyfarth Shaw, Seqway Chicago, Trend Micro, Trump Hotel Chicago, Underwriters Laboratories, United Airlines, Univision PSA, Univision TV Promo, Veuve Cliequot, Wave Vodka, Wrigleys Gum, Yale Forklifts.

    MUSIC VIDEOS AND LIVE PERFORMANCE

    Arlen Music, Clawfinger, Lupe Fiasco, Carolyn Hoerdemann, Court Jester, Hugh Laurie (band documentary), The Legendary Traxster, Ramsey Lewis, Lil Durk, Front Line Assembly, Gillette, Ramsey Lewis, Kelsey Montanez (10,000 Bombs, Out of Sight), Napalm Death, oh my god, Paramore, Poe, Gayle Ritt, R5, Ramsen Sheeno, Ysanne Spevack, T.I., Tomi, Villain, Wickerman

    INDIE FEATURES on 16, 35mm, DV and HD

    8 of Diamonds, Bullet on a Wire, Cost of Happiness, The Blank Page, Farewell Darkness, Happily After, The Last Days of British Honduras, Nightlights, Polish Wedding, The Removed, Roundabout American, Two Rivers, Without Borders

    SHORTS on 16mm, DV and HD

    I have been a paid Steadicam Operator on well over 70 student film projects since 1995. The majority of these were shot on 16mm film and originated from Northwestern University and Columbia College in Chicago. In 2010 I began working on DePaul University and Flashpoint Academy projects, typically shot on the Red Cam. I have also worked professionally on School of the Art Institute related features and shorts as well as on numerous independent shorts, experimental films and art projects including: Adorno/Bueller, The Alchemy of Comedy, Beer Float, A City to Make Me, The Devolution of Ethan Chadwick, Diversion, Donít Know What it is, Emmett's Last Stand, Flat Chested, A Hereticís Primer, The Janitor's Closet, The Kiss, The Last Cosmonaut, Last Light, Lionel on a SunDay, Marathon, Not With a Bang, Palooka, The Perfect Skate, Rather Lovely Thing, Taco Mary, Trapped in the Closet: Chapters 23-33, Two Days in Limbo, and Unbridled.

    Dance

    Since 2003 I've done Steadicam shooting for BONEdanse|Breakbone DanceCo documenting both live performances and shooting site specific pieces utilizing Steadicam Videography. Since 2008 Iíve done Steadicam shooting for performance documentaion and dance films for Cindy Brandle Dance Company, Colleen Halloran Films, Dances Made to Order: Wasteland, Khecari Dance Theatre, Nadia Oussenko, Julia Rae Antonick, The Space / Movement Project, Synapse Arts Collective, and ThisWayUp.TV, Willful Acts, Yellow House.

    Weddings

    Since 2010 Iíve shot wedding b-roll with my smaller Steadicam rigs (Pilot and Flyer LE) with DSLR cameras. Clients include: 3 line 9, Joshua Albanese Photography, Delack Media Group, Front Row Films, Leap Weddings, and Xpress Video Productions. View a demo here or here.