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#1 Niall Chadwick

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Posted 16 August 2009 - 08:41 PM

Well, thanks to some help from generous parties, I am now sporting my new Steadicam Pilot.

Im very very excited to have this chance to learn the craft with this entry level device, and maybe use as a stepping stone onto larger models.

My first experience of putting it all on was "god in heaven...you guys make it look so damn easy, but it isnt"

The horizon was swaying like a drunken scotsman. However I think that it has not been properly setup, and thats something I intend to work on and resolve.

When I feel the standard is high enough to withstand ridicule, I will post some video links.

Its good to be a newbie again...so much to learn, so much to enjoy!

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#2 Charles King

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Posted 18 August 2009 - 09:16 AM

Congrats Niall. All you need is practise. sure the big dogshere make it seem so easy but they have many experiences behind them. ;) Nothing is never so easy as it seems. If you by any chance can afford it take a workshop. This will help speed up the learning process quickly. ;)
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#3 Niall Chadwick

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Posted 23 August 2009 - 01:42 AM

Congrats Niall. All you need is practise. sure the big dogshere make it seem so easy but they have many experiences behind them. ;) Nothing is never so easy as it seems. If you by any chance can afford it take a workshop. This will help speed up the learning process quickly. ;)


Thanks Charles :)

Am sorting out the course as well, and practicing as much as my work allows. Having a lot of fun, thinking of movement in a different way.

I think it was described the best way in the Steadicam Forum videos. "dancing with a partner who never lets you lead" :)
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Posted 23 August 2009 - 04:32 AM

I think it was described the best way in the Steadicam Forum videos. "dancing with a partner who never lets you lead" :)



That is so true. :)
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Posted 24 August 2009 - 01:25 PM

Well, thanks to some help from generous parties, I am now sporting my new Steadicam Pilot.

Im very very excited to have this chance to learn the craft with this entry level device, and maybe use as a stepping stone onto larger models.

My first experience of putting it all on was "god in heaven...you guys make it look so damn easy, but it isnt"

The horizon was swaying like a drunken scotsman. However I think that it has not been properly setup, and thats something I intend to work on and resolve.

When I feel the standard is high enough to withstand ridicule, I will post some video links.

Its good to be a newbie again...so much to learn, so much to enjoy!

Regards

Niall


Congrats !! Let us know how your journey goes !!
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#6 Niall Chadwick

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Posted 29 August 2009 - 01:29 AM

Thanks for the kind comments

I did first gig this week. It was tough, as im not the fittest or the thinnest of people. But I got just a tickle of the buzz that I imagine you guys get using it, and the creativity that can blossom as a result.

But wow, did I love the steadicam and using it on set. Granted, its only a small one but the principles remained the same, and the director was smart enough to not use the steadicam for everything.

Did some whip pans, which I was no 100% happy with (heres to impossible standards) and some nice walking back and forwards.

I was also the cameraman for the whole shoot, so did a lot of handheld. I will post a link to the footage when Im provided with a copy.

Would appreciate comments (bear in mind ive not been on course yet, and only been operating 2 weeks so far :))

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#7 Keith Francis SOC

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Posted 31 August 2009 - 11:53 AM

Niall,

I am pretty new to the Steadicam and I had to laugh when I read your post as I felt very similar the first time I put the rig on. I was thinking, I thought this is supposed to be a Steadicam not a Swayingcam! It looked as if I was on a ship at sea.

Have fun with it! It's a lot of work, but the payoff is watching your work after a good day!

Keith
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#8 Matthew Griffin

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Posted 27 September 2009 - 03:41 PM

Congrats man I'm so ancy to get onto my first gig as a steadicam op! Look forward to seeing your footage!
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