As a child of the 90’s I can testify that there was nothing bigger than Jean-Claude Van Damme. Back when he had all his hair. But in the early 90’s it was harder to shoot Van Damme, to get a good camera move, you’d have to physically move the camera, either by foot, on a crane, or on a frigging flying sofa. It was a lot harder than navigating a camera-mounted drone. Not to mention more expensive.
Paul Raimondi was a movie maker back in the 90’s and one of his demo reels – The Moving Camera – shows how you can make a camera move to get the shot. Some of the simpler ways were steady cams and ‘helmet cams’ but there are also huge cranes, motorcycle mounts and one sofa tied to a cable. At approximately 1:03 we also see what the 90’s used as a drone.
Here are some of the contraptions used ‘back in the days’
Of course Jean-Claude Van Damme did not stop using moving camera in the 2010’s