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STEADICAM FAWCETT EXOVEST
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Every time I take off my Exovest, I kiss her. Alessandro Brambilla, Steadicam Operator on La Grande Belleza (The Great Beauty).
The Exovest is designed around ergonomic principles, and represents a radical departure from traditional vest technology. The weight and torque resulting from supporting the stabilizer in front of the body are transferred into the operator in anatomically-appropriate ways, closely reflecting how the body itself deals with these forces. Weight is delivered into the pelvis, and the torque is delivered into the shoulder-blade region of the trapezius muscles of the back. The exoskeletal design ensures that the vest touches the operator's body only where appropriate for load carrying, crucially avoiding constricting the ribcage and abdominal regions.
Four integral pivots aligned in two axes, those of the pelvic and shoulder girdles, allow the vest to conform to natural body movements. The rise and fall of the hips as weight is shifted from one leg to the other is accommodated by a lower pivot system, while the upper pivot system allows for free movement of the shoulders as the operator composes the frame. This results in less muscular strain, and better overall stability and balance; and in stark contrast to traditional vests, allows the operator to walk, move, and breathe normally without affecting the trim of the supported camera system. Additionally, the Exovest is the only stabilizer vest expressly designed to comfortably fit both male and female operators.
Following six months of rigorous ergonomic testing at the Human Factors Engineering and Economics department of Virginia Tech, the Exovest has been selected as the only support harness of its kind suitable for industrial applications, and is currently used for tool support in aircraft construction at Boeing, and shipbuilding at US navy shipyards.
It's an utter no brainer. It's one of the biggest leaps in technology from an operator's point of view…at the end of the day, are you going to crawl back to your hotel, or are you going down to the club and bop with the younger members of the crew? David Crute
Following a back injury that ended my career, the Exovest has allowed me to return to Steadicam operating. The vest has removed all traditional pressure points along my lower spine and instead distributes the weight in the most logical way possible- along the pelvic bones. I can once again operate for hours at a time with zero discomfort. It is, in point of fact, a life changer for me. Peter Abraham
I have continued to be seen wearing a Cheshire-like grin followed by quiet mumblings of enthusiastic commentary due to using the Exovest. It works without fuss. Its efficiency is exponentially apparent in its performance and its simplicity in design is the guise of its genius. Great stuff. John 'Buzz' Moyer
In 24 years of Steadicam I've had five different vests: Model II, EFP, Master Series, Daniel Sauvé. It took me some time to get use to the back-mount but no time to get used to the Exovest. It's so light, and it allows you to breathe deeply during the shot. I think, in a few years everybody will be wearing only the Exovest. BRAVO! Alex Brambilla
TV-Bay Article on the Exovest
Exovest: From Concept to Creation
Steadicam® Fawcett Exovest™ @ NAB 2012 - Long Version from Lemac Film and Digital on Vimeo