David Parrella is a Steadicam Operator based out of Los Angeles and Austin. As an 8-year student of the marching arts, he combines thousands of hours of rehearsal and field performance, experience in body movement, and musicianship with an intensely passionate skillset in the cinematic arts to execute shots with great precision and care. The Steadicam rig is an extension of the body, and so placing the camera throughout space at the right moment simply comes down to moving your whole body through time and space with the proper rhythm.
David’s other filmmaking work includes directing, producing, and cinematography. 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, 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 100,000 fans in some of the most insane stadium environments on earth.
He also holds a UAS FAA license to operate drones up to 50lbs, and is a PADI certified Advanced Open Water Scuba Diver capable of underwater shooting and assistance in both pools and the ocean (open water).