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Steadicam Workshop and Open House by cinequipwhite
October 17, 2011, 1:51 pm
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Just a quick reminder about the Steadicam workshop that is coming up this week. The open house runs from 11-3 1pm – 5pm (sorry for the last minute change!), so swing by and try out a rig! It’s absolutely free!!!

The Course starts on Wednesday, and we still have one space open. Interested in joining? Let us know. The sign up information is here: http://www.thesteadicamworkshops.com/schedule.shtml#oct19

Steadicam related merchandise is on sale for the whole week!

See you there!

~Jonathan

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Steadicam Open house – November 12th by cinequipwhite
November 11, 2010, 12:05 pm
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Be sure to stop by and meet with Peter Abraham, Steadicam operator extraordinaire, and all around great guy.

From 11am – 3pm he will be giving information on how to operate the Flyer, Zephyr, Pilot and possibly even the new Scout system as well as giving tips to help current operators.

Don’t miss it!

~Jonathan Stainton
CinequipWhite Inc.



Steadicam Workshop – SOLD OUT! by cinequipwhite
October 25, 2010, 1:34 pm
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Congratulations to those who got in their applications for the workshop, as our November 2010 workshop is 100% sold out.

However, if you would like to come and meet with Peter Abraham – Yes, the Peter Abraham – drop by around 11am on friday November 12th for your chance to ask questions and take a look at the new gear on display. We will be rigging visitors up with the pilot, Zephyr, and Flyer LE; as well as having a clearout price on the Flyer LE system starting friday.

See you then!

~Jonathan Stainton
CinequipWhite Inc.



Steadicam Operators Handbook Giveaway! by cinequipwhite
January 27, 2010, 6:12 pm
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Tiffen, the Steadicam company will be at the February Freeze this year in full force. There will be demos of the Merlin and Flyer LE for all to experience. Its a great chance to rig up and try out what it feels like to have a Steadicam on and fly a camera.

To celebrate the glory of the Steadicam, Tiffen has decided to give away a soft cover edition of “The Steadicam Operators Handbook”. It truly is the difinitive guide to all things Steadicam, whether you are a beginner or expert.

Here are some specifics:

Key Features

  • Written by the premier Steadicam experts in the world
  • Offers the opportunity for novice camera operators to learn the skill sets needed to build and move forward in their careers
  • Provides a comprehensive understanding of the skill sets to successfully operate a Steadicam, including techniques not even covered in official workshops Description

Description

Camera operators and video enthusiasts around the world search for the training and information they need to successfully use the Steadicam®, the most versatile tool for moving a motion picture or video camera. Every year, about 500 people in the world are lucky enough to take an intensive training workshop (some of the top workshops are taught by the authors of this book), but these workshops are expensive and sell out as a matter of course: the instructors simply can’t keep up with the high demand. As a result, the vast majority of people have no practical way to learn what has become an essential camera operating skill. For the first time, THE STEADICAM® OPERATOR’S HANDBOOK illuminates all aspects of Steadicam operating in one comprehensive package. With over 1300 full-color photos, it’s the comprehensive how- to and why-to book for the amateur, semi-pro, and professional.

Written by the premier Steadicam instructors in the world, this book covers everything a cameraman needs to get started using a Steadicam rig and to get better. Both informational and inspirational, THE STEADICAM® OPERATOR’S HANDBOOK moves from the physics and balancing of a Steadicam, through a series of step-by-step line dances and practice shots, to the most personal aspects of filmmaking – how individual operators make creative and practical decisions using this unique camera setup.

The book discusses the wide array of equipment and accessories currently available, and it also illustrates the latest operating techniques and tricks, a variety of strategies for working with others, and the business side of a Steadicam career. Also included are observations and anecdotes – inspirational, funny, instructive, and cautionary – written by a number of other experienced Steadicam operators around the world, including the legendary inventor of the Steadicam himself, Garrett Brown. THE STEADICAM® OPERATOR’S HANDBOOK is both a master class and a master reference for all camera operators and directors who want to move the camera well.

Readership

Steadicam operators (aspiring and current), camera operators, camera assistants, cinematographers, students of film and video production

Contents

INTRODUCTION Cut. Print. Great. The history of the Steadicam is pretty well known How to begin

SECTION ONE: the Steadicam® and its parts Wearing the Steadicam® Basic Physics Getting to know the rig: Basic Steadicam terms Build the Steadicam Four balancing acts Static balance Dynamic balance

SECTION TWO: getting started Putting on the Steadicam Moving with the rig The right touch Starting and stopping The camera’s path Making the switch Variations on the line dance Memorizing the shot

SECTION THREE: beyond the basics Low mode Navigation Keeping the camera level Steadicam posture General heath and operating Women and Steadicam Are you ready? My big break by Dan Kneece

SECTION FOUR: Steadicam® and filmmaking Basic shot design Take after take by Janice Arthur your role as storyteller Point of view Moving composition Strong camera moves

SECTION FIVE: movement techniques Would you care to dance? Moving through space Floating the camera No second takes by Peter Abraham Putting the rig on the other side Negotiating tight spaces Running with a rig

SECTION SIX: framing techniques More on operating Framing corrections Precise framing techniques Lock offs Whip pans Longer lenses Zoom lenses Pass-bys Telling the story

SECTION SEVEN: getting to work Accessories Focus pulling Preparing for a shoot Communication Using grips wisely

SECTION EIGHT: extending the range of movement Inventing the wheel Configuring the rig Flying with a motorized stage Inertial augmentation and balance Gyros Vertical control Arm posts

SECTION NINE: extending the range of options Steadicam® and vehicles To ride or not to ride? Hard mount or soft mount Safety, speed, communication Types of vehicles Endurance by Brant Fagan Vehicles to avoid Turkish helicopter by Jacob Bonfils Interesting vehicles we like

SECTION TEN: the business side of Steadicam Buying a Steadicam Negotiating your deal Advertising Insurance

SECTION ELEVEN: unique environments and requirements Weather alerts Survivor No. 1 by Scott Lakey Documentaries and industrials Capturing reality by Chris Fawcett Video and Steadicam Steadicam and live TV by Lars Riis Heavy cameras Unintended consequences Lightweight rigs Steadicam light by Garrett Brown Lightweight Steadicam Garrett’s big night out

SECTION TWELVE: the experienced operator The right attitude Additional concerns How do we get this shot? by Charles Papert Breaking the rules The emotional stuff Long shots A great walk and talk The long Steadicam shot by Larry McConkey Camera Darwinism …and Action!

CONCLUSION
How was it? Acknowledgments DVD References Website

Author Information

By Jerry Holway, Co-inventor of the Ultra Steadicam®, Holway is one of the top Steadicam operators in the world & worked on many features including As Good as it Gets and all the Pretty Horses.; and Laurie Hayball, Experienced Steadicam operator, instructor, & photographer.

Visit the Lowel Booth, Speak to Steve, and mention the blog for your chance to win your own copy! Also, don’t forget to see Don and mention the Lowel Blender Giveaway!

~Jonathan Stainton
CinequipWhite Inc.