An observation from 30 years "in the vest":.................
there's nothing more effective for story telling than having an operator who can respond instantly
That nails it.
I've seen now about 200 demos of floating cams and most of them seem like a trick, kind of like "how'd de do dat" and the other ones just kind of creep me out.
I expect the soundtrack to slowly build to doom, doom, doom, then whack, because so many look like a 2nd person pov shot where someone is slinking around.
The steadicam guy we use, is like a sports photographer. He knows what's coming next and he's already moving to it, exactly as it happens. I guess some is the responsiveness of his use of
equipment, but most of it just comes from doing it a long time. He knows where the action and story are going.