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Glidecam Helps Stabilize Parkour Footage

Chad Bonanno has an unparalleled passion for filmmaking. He came up the ranks of parkour and freerunning, athletic disciplines that require both speed and agility. He relies on Glidecam mounts to keep his action footage steady.

Bonanno bought his first Glidecam, a Glidecam HD-4000, in 2010. He mounted a Canon EOS 7D to it in 2011 to shoot one of the more sophisticated freerunning and parkour videos of the time, “Day by Day” with Dan “Shooter” Mast. Bonanno used the HD-4000 in virtually every shot of the piece for smooth, buttery camera moves. The rig allowed Bonanno to follow Mast right to the edge of the drops, and track and smoothly glide through environments. “I was hooked,” Bonanno says of the lightweight Glidecam setup.

Six months later, through Tempest Freerunning, a company for which Bonanno acts as chief cinematographer and creative director, Bonanno shot “Epic Gym Video” with a Canon EOS 5D Mk II (with 16-35mm lens) mounted on a Glidecam HD-4000. In the video, the camera glides though the gym as freerunners, parkour athletes and breakdancers enter and exit frame.

Shortly afterward, Bonanno upgraded both his Glidecam systems and cameras. His next support was a Glidecam XR-4000, which he picked to accommodate his transition from DSLRs to a RED Scarlet-X. “Not only do I get the same smooth motion and tracking shots I love from Glidecam, but now I get to take advantage of a digital cinema camera, all while staying lightweight and very mobile.”