Haha! Eric is right, as long as your monitor is coplanar to your batteries (The Zephyr isn't far from that, bue it has a center post that is not cully circular), this technique is bulletproof. If you raise your monitor's cg on the post then the Mickey technique starts to break down.
One great way to learn how to operate a Steadicam is to go to a workshop. I personally attended to the Tiffen 2 day workshop when I bought my first rig (a Zephyr), then went to the week long SOA workshop in Pennsylvania, with Garrett Brown and many other talented operators. Yes, a workshop is not cheap, they will teach you how to operate properly and avoid to hurt yourself. A hundred times worth it. I now own a GPI PRO Cine Live system and love working with it! -- Victor Lazaro www.victorlazaro.com
/!\ Only use PAPER TAPE on a camera. Gaff tape is too strong and will still leave some residue if left on for too long or in hot weather. use 1/2 in colored paper tape for cards numbers (red = A Cam, Blue = B Cam...). Also, use paper tape for actors marks, putting gaff tape on a wood floor will destroy the floor when you pull it off! Camera crew, remember PAPER TAPE is the solution!!!
I agree that HDR is not made to use all the time, but same goes for every single tool at the cinematographer's availability. The scene of exciting the tunnel is a wonderful example of HDR use without a "unrealistic" render, even if your screen doesn't have a huge contrast ration. It is about recreating what your eye and your brain does naturally, ie: adapting to exposure variations naturally. There is a limit to how many stops a photosite can handle and HDR is a great way to cover it. DL;DR: Yes, HDR is bad when overused but use it right and it's a great tool to use.