"...liberating the camera, or shooting handheld....
Traditionally, the cameras have always been on tripods or dollies, which is a cinematic way of shooting.
The way it works now, with our handheld documentary style, is that the actors are on screen all the time.... So things are far less choreographed....
...the camera operators...find non-traditional perspectives on the scene.
We were looking for people who had shot in that type of style before, and we ended up hiring Ronn Schmidt, who did many years on The Shield.
We wanted him to bring his level of documentary-style shooting experience to us and incorporate what he had learned over the years into Universe."
-Director Andy Mikita on enlisting Director of Photography Ronn Schmidt, Stargate The Official Magazine #34 (p.30)-
You see the much maligned Stargate Universe (2009-2011) wasn't always about mimicking Ronald D. Moore's Battlestar Galactica (2003-2009).