Steadicam Op

Looking for a skilled Steadicam Operator and Filmmaker? Meet David Parrella, based in Los Angeles, who can travel globally to assist you. With five years of experience in operating Steadicam for various media forms such as film, TV, live broadcast, commercials, and music videos, David can capture the perfect shot with any professional camera setup.

David’s unique background, which includes eight years of experience in the marching arts, offers him an advantage in executing precise and artful shots. With thousands of hours of rehearsal and field performance and rapid muscle memory retention, combined with his love of cinema, David approaches each shot with great care and precision.


Outside of the camera department, David’s other filmmaking work includes directing, producing, and post-production. His thesis film Origin debuted at the Berlin Sci-Fi Film Fest in 2018 where it was nominated for best drama short. It won at the Atlanta Underground Film Festival and STUFF (South Texas Underground…), and was nominated and selected at several other festivals around the country and globe. His documentary series Take The Field with goes behind the scenes of elite college marching bands as they prepare for and perform shows in front of hundreds of thousands of fans in some of the most insane stadium environments on earth.

I’m tired by DragonWulf, directed by Sid Dalvi
Cinematography, Editing, Visual Effects, and Coloring by David Parrella

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Licensed Operator

David is an FAA Part 107 Unmanned Aerial Systems Certificate holder with dozens of hours of flight time on cinema drone platforms such as the DJI series. With this he can gain ATC approval to fly within certain controlled airspaces, like near airports. The maximum takeoff weight is 50lbs.

He is also a PADI certified Advanced Open Water Diver who has been scuba diving since the age of 12. As an Advanced diver, David has the qualification to dive deeper and use specialized equipment.