Steadicam pioneer discusses long Hollywood career

Feb 21, 2014

Dan Kneece (right) with Yousef Linjawi in the Serengeti.
Credit Norm Torp

Cinematographer Dan Kneece has had a long career in movie-making, commercials, and music videos. He learned how to handle a Steadicam from inventor Garrett Brown, and has a track record of nearly three decades that earned him the Steadicam Guild’s first ever lifetime achievement award.

This afternoon, Kneece is conducting a cinematography workshop for MSU film studies students here at WKAR. His visit to Michigan State was arranged by the MSU College of Arts and Letters, sponsors of the Global Film Series.

Kneece says a steadicam separates body motion from the camera so as to maintain the steadiest possible shot.