Garrett Brown is the man whose name is synonymous to the creation of the best DSLR stabilizers. He was born in 1942, April 6, an indigene of Long Branch, New Jersey, United States. The three times Oscar winner is best known as the inventor of the Steadicam, which was the first of his many more inventions in the film industry. This American cinematographer was working on the popular Sesame Street set in 1969 when he was hit with an idea that would change his life and the way film was made forever. Working at making commercials and films for Sesame Street in Philadelphia, and exhausted with the bulky camera dolly, he wanted to walk freely while creating great images, he invented the Steadicam in 1975 which has today caused a revolution in the world of Filmography.
The Steadicam, he began to use for his own personal commercials and various projects before he unveiled to the public. One of which was the viral video in 1974 of his wife running around in the park and going up and down the steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum. A second video was of his friend swimming the length of a swimming pool. These video termed ‘’impossible shots’’ were seen by important film producers and then he shot the first professional film, Bound for Glory by Hal Ashby, Rocky by John G. Avildsen, The shinning by Stanley Kubrick and then Return of the Jedi by Richard Marquand and many more since then have enjoyed the ease of filming provided by the Steadicam.
Brown has since retired from shooting in 2004; he is a member of the American Society of Cinematographers of which he received a President’s Award in 2001, also a member of the Directors Guild of America, the Screen Actors Guild, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He won his first Academy Award in 1978, Technical Achievement Award in 1999 and another Academy Award for Science and Engineering in 2006. For his invention of the Steadicam, he was awarded an Emmy by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. His son Jonathan Brown is still working in his father’s steps as a professional cinematography as well.
Garrett Brown holds 50 patents for camera devices, he still lives and works in Philadelphia and gives lectures and classes on the operation of the Steadicam. He also holds his seminar called ‘’The Moving Camera” which has been shown at film festivals and film schools, one worthy of mention is the Media Lab at MIT and all around the world. His 40 plus years old invention is still current and evolving day by day, making hard to imagine what filming was like before the invention. He also lays claim to inventing the SkyCam used in sporting events across the world including football games, the MobyCam specifically for underwater activities like swimming, the DiveCam, also underwater but designed for divers and the Steadicam Merlin for camcorders, GoCam, an ultra light high speed camera tracking system.