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Master film steadicam operator to speak at Lehigh Valley campus

1/23/2014 —

Larry McConkey, one of the most respected film stars you've probably never heard of, will share his experience with the Penn State Lehigh Valley community at 7 p.m., Jan. 30, in room 302. As a steadicam operator, McConkey is widely considered the best at his craft and is responsible for filming a multitude of memorable movie and television shots in his more than 30-year career. His credits include "Goodfellas," whose three-minute shot depicting Ray Liotta entering the Copacabana club won McConkey an award, "Hugo," "Django Unchained," "Kill Bill," and, most recently, the Academy Award-nominated "12 Years a Slave." He also received a lifetime achievement award from the Society of Camera Operators in 2008.

"With our campus' growing focus on the fields of arts and communication, bringing a filmmaking professional of Larry's caliber to share his experience is an incredible opportunity for our students," said Katina Bozikis, instructor in film and communication at Penn State Lehigh Valley. "He will offer a valuable behind-the-scenes look at the art of cinema."

The steadicam, which was introduced in the 1970s, is worn by a single camera operator and allows the operator to move freely without transferring the movement or vibration to the finished shot.

For more information, contact Allison Goodin at aag18@psu.edu or 610-285-5067.

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