Flaming is not telling someone they are full of it. If you can't take that little piece of criticism, you will have a lot of trouble in life. Anyway, back to the topic. You both make very valid points. But lokmer is right. The basics need to be understood and mastered before you try steadicams, cranes, etc. Having been a part of three films and seven commercial shoot, I feel that I have mastered the basics enough to try steadicam in my next film. While it may be boring to have static shots, a lot of times, it's boring because of what is going on in those shots. There's my .02.