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#1 Charles Papert

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Posted 14 June 2007 - 12:08 PM

It gives me tremendous pleasure to present the long-lost "Day in the Life of a Steadicam Operator" video that Ted Churchill made some 23 years ago. It's been discussed here in the past and nobody seemed to have it. Fortunately for us Dave Emmerichs unearthed his ancient Betamax copy and Jack gave us the go-ahead to put up it up online, and here we are.

The video was shot in 1984 on the set of "The Man with One Red Shoe" in Washington, DC, by Erich Roland. It is preceded by a short clip that probably was a warm-up for the "Day in the Life" video (does anyone know what movie this was from?)

For those who knew the man this is a trip down memory lane, and for those who have only seen glimpses of the legend via pictures or his articles, you're in for a treat!

http://www.charlespa.../Films/Ted.html


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#2 Erwin Landau

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Posted 14 June 2007 - 01:08 PM

Thanks Charles and David,

That was funny... that was the first time I've seen it in the full lengths... James Belushi has not changed a bit...

It's amazing what you can do on set waiting around... I was waiting on Tuesday for 6 hours and yesterday they actually just put me on for the last shot of the day to not piss off the producer... But the down time was not as funny as Ted's...

Great! Thanks guys,

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#3 Janice Arthur

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Posted 14 June 2007 - 03:11 PM

The video was shot in 1984 on the set of "The Man with One Red Shoe" in Washington, DC, by Erich Roland. It is preceded by a short clip that probably was a warm-up for the "Day in the Life" video (does anyone know what movie this was from?)


Charles;

The "Day in the Life" film was "Lucas" a small/med film shot in chicago, late 80s vintage I think.

(I'm not sure who shot it for Ted.)

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#4 Robert Starling SOC

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Posted 14 June 2007 - 05:24 PM

For those who knew the man this is a trip down memory lane, and for those who have only seen glimpses of the legend via pictures or his articles, you're in for a treat!


Thanks for posting the video Charles!

I noticed Ted's t-shirts in the film were cycling company shirts so I guess he was a cyclist too. It's a small world but two weeks ago I was riding with a local group of racers in Rockland, Maine when one of the riders asked what I do for a living. He replied that one of his best friend's late brother was a Steadicam operator. His friend is Jack Churchill. I explained I never knew Ted but would love to meet Jack. He called Jack on the spot and we had lunch the next day and then that same night a totally chance meeting at the local sushi restaurant where I met his wife and duaghter sharing sushi and sake. We didn't discuss Ted at all but on the way out of the restaurant Jack pointed out a photo montage on the wall that Ted had shot.

It's a small world to say the least.
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#5 Charles Papert

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Posted 14 June 2007 - 08:40 PM

Thanks Janice! Nice pull. 1986 is the date listed for "Lucas"--interesting, looks like it was shot after the "Day in the Life". Surprising, somehow.

Don't suppose this was the inspiration for a video that a certain couple of Steadicam ops shot roaming around the '96 Olympics, do you...?
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#6 nick franco

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Posted 16 June 2007 - 12:04 PM

Very cool, thanks to all responsible for making this avaliable.
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#7 Eric Fletcher S.O.C.

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Posted 16 June 2007 - 04:22 PM

Thanks to you Charles, Dave Emmerichs and Jack for making this happen.

WOW what a trip down memory lane, just hearing the voice was awsome and brought back a flood of great memories.
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Posted 17 June 2007 - 11:50 AM

What a great video. Thanks for putting it up for all to see.

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#9 Charles Papert

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Posted 17 June 2007 - 05:40 PM

FYI, today is the 12th anniversary of Ted's death.
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#10 Kareem La Vaullee

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Posted 19 June 2007 - 08:51 PM

Thanks a lot to you Charles and the others who made it possible, it was wonderful to see.

2 years ago I was having a long talk with Jacques Monge and that day it was the 10th "anniversary" of Ted's death.
Jacques was a very good friend of Ted, while talking about Ted he took his wallet out of his pocket and opened it to show me pictures, pictures of Ted he keeps with him every day, one of the pictures is the tree on which Ted's car crashed...

On Jacques' "model 5 designed by Ted" sled there is a piece of black cloth tied to the center post as a reminder...

I was helping Jacques' son, the fantastic Valentin Monge, on a shooting 12 years ago when he told me about Ted's death.

Well, what to say... never met him but spent days reading and rereading his Steadicamp class outline and I had enormous laughs when I had the chance to read his "Manual of Style" for the first time (and many other times too...)

We need more inspiring people like he is still many years after his departure in our very hard art/technique/business...

K.
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#11 Juan M.Ramos SOC

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Posted 30 June 2007 - 06:10 AM

Thanks for really good document of our history!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

PS:Thanks for all and it was a great dinner in jerry`s
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#12 Juan M.Ramos SOC

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Posted 30 June 2007 - 06:19 AM

I don`t find my workshop diplome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
1994,la cienaga
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#13 Amando Crespo

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Posted 01 July 2007 - 05:40 AM

Really good document....
Juan, I stoled it when i visit you :P
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#14 Chris Espenan

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Posted 02 August 2007 - 08:31 AM

Thanks for this document, I talked to Ted a long time ago by phone,just before his death,and the only "souvenir" I have from him,a " STEADICAMP T-Shirt" a yellow shirt with "no dolly" on the back.
Each time I wear it, I remember the power and the genious fom this man.
Respect,Respect............

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#15 Matt Burton

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Posted 02 August 2007 - 09:25 PM

what a magic piece of film.
:rolleyes:
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