Glidecam Industries, the manufacturer of camera stabilization systems and accessories, for use by both film and video makers, was founded by Martin Stevens in 1992. The actual origin of the first Glidecam device dates back to the Spring of 1991. Martin designed it when he was producing and directing his first feature length motion picture. Martin had become displeased with the current state of the art of camera stabilization systems and particularly the very high prices of these systems. He reasoned that if he could build a more affordable and capable camera stabilizer for his own production needs, using what he now refers to as “a common sense approach”, then perhaps others would find need of the same. And so the “Glidecam” was born in 1991.
It was in 1993 that Martin Stevens, seeking a professional business partner, sought to join forces with his brother David Stevens. David’s many years of experience and success working in both the financial and sales world made him the ideal partner. It was David’s business model and its practical application that lead Glidecam Industries to become so successful that it became incorporated in 1997, with Martin as President and David as Vice President, and now with David as CEO.
Glidecam Industries, Inc. now has over 20 products and hundreds of dealers worldwide. Glidecam separates itself from its competition by offering a product line that is both technologically advanced and yet priced very affordably. Glidecam’s customer service policy of thoroughly helping its customers both before and after a sale has won them a very happy customer and customer referral base.
Glidecam Industries, Inc. has billed itself as “The Name and Future of Camera Stabilization”, and it is in this light that they introduced the worlds first body mounted, camera stabilization system for cameras weighing up to 10 pounds. This was the Glidecam V-8 introduced in 1997, with its exclusive and unique “Orbit Hinge” technology and compact “Dyna-Elastic Arm” design. It is also in this light that Glidecam introduced its “Gold Series” in 1999. The Glidecam Gold Series offers the very high end customer a top of the line body mounted stabilizer for cameras weighing from 13 to 38 pounds. The Gold Series again combines Glidecam’s high technology with common sense ideology approach, creating a product that is sophisticated, highly aesthetic and far more affordable than the competition’s high end equipment.
Glidecam has become the world leader in its field because it combines the best practices with the best thinking, and in the end it is this combination that the customer wants.
Glidecam Industries Inc. offers a wide variety of camera stabilizers (camera stabilization systems) for use with motion picture cameras, video cameras, and video camcorders. These hand-held and body-mounted camera stabilizers create super smooth shots, and allow the operator to walk, run, go up and down stairs, shoot from moving vehicles, and travel over uneven terrain without any camera instability or shake. Glidecam camera stabilization products make ideal camera accessories and can easily replace or be used in conjunction with dollies and tracks, booms, camera cranes, and tripods, or monopods. Both professional filmmakers and amateur movie makers alike can enjoy the fluidity and grace that Glidecam camera stabilizers provide.