Los Angeles based Steadicam Op

Looking for a skilled, LA based Steadicam Operator and Filmmaker? David Parrella has over six years of experience operating Steadicam for various media forms such as film, TV, live broadcast, commercials, and music videos. Based in Los Angeles, Steadicam Operator David Parrella can capture the perfect shot with any professional camera setup, and travel globally to assist your production!

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, learning a new show for every game meant an incredible ability for 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 collegemarching.com 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, starring Eman Esfandi
Cinematography, Editing, Visual Effects, and Coloring by David Parrella

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Tiffen Certified Steadicam Operator

David was instructed and certified by Tiffen, the manufacturer of the original Steadicam, in Los Angeles in 2019.

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Licensed Drone Operator

David is an FAA Part 107 Unmanned Aerial Systems Certificate holder with dozens of hours of flight time on cinema drone platforms.

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

Blackmagic Design Certified Editor

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Los Angeles Steadicam Operator

David Parrella is an LA based Steadicam Operator from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Radio-Television-Film from The University of Texas at Austin. Although he resides in Los Angeles, Steadicam is inherently a mobile platform. David loves to travel, and can operate Steadicam anywhere that three checked bags can go.