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Live Event – Royal Marines Beating Retreat 2016 – Steadicam

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The Royal Marines this year conducted their largest ever Beating Retreat at Horse Guards Parade in London. The event, which happens every two years, was well-attended by spectators both in the stands at Horse Guards and lining the route along The Mall and Birdcage Walk.

I was pleased to be invited back again to operate Steadicam on the event. It is a tough, demanding job which requires a lot of stamina. The rig was picked up at 1700 and not docked on the stand again until 2000 – 3 hours in the vest, including tracking the marching bands, arrival of VIPs, pre- and post- event iso record coverage, full coverage of the event at Horse Guards Parade, and the utilising of a Golf Buggy to provide soft mounted shots of the Royal Marines as they made their way down The Mall, past Buckingham Palace and round to Wellington Barracks.

It’s one of the more demanding jobs of the calendar year, and is hugely enjoyable. It was also nice, as is customary at the military events I’m lucky enough to work on, to get plenty of positive feedback from spectators and members of the public at the event – including a client who just happened to be watching! It’s a small world…

Written by Steadi Facilities Ltd : June 4th, 2016 at 8:18 pm : Posted in Latest Credits

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