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#1 Paul Kellett

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Posted 16 December 2009 - 02:18 PM

Hi, i'm new to this forum and steadicam operating and just wanted to say hi.
I've got plenty of shooting experience but now want to try steadicam.
I've just got myself a Pilot, i've modded the vest so it has buckles and i've done the EX1 battery mod with the Dolgin battery plate.
I'll probably be on this forum plenty now asking questions.
I'll be doing a Tiffen run workshop in March 2010 so hopefully between now and then i'll pratice as much as possible and not pick up too many bad habits.
I've got the Steadicam Operators handbook and read nearly all the way through, what an excellent book.
So that's me, i just wanted to say hi.

Paul.
PS, are there any operators from this forum in the Bristol/South West UK ?
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#2 Amando Crespo

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Posted 16 December 2009 - 04:16 PM

Hi, i'm new to this forum and steadicam operating and just wanted to say hi.
I've got plenty of shooting experience but now want to try steadicam.
I've just got myself a Pilot, i've modded the vest so it has buckles and i've done the EX1 battery mod with the Dolgin battery plate.
I'll probably be on this forum plenty now asking questions.
I'll be doing a Tiffen run workshop in March 2010 so hopefully between now and then i'll pratice as much as possible and not pick up too many bad habits.
I've got the Steadicam Operators handbook and read nearly all the way through, what an excellent book.
So that's me, i just wanted to say hi.

Paul.
PS, are there any operators from this forum in the Bristol/South West UK ?

Hi Paul!.
welcome to the forum... You will found here answers to your questions and friendly sensations.
A simple advice: Before post a question, search in the old post. May be the answer was there. If not, be free to ask all about. Here is the place where the best steadicam ops are.
Best regards.
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#3 William Santana

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Posted 16 December 2009 - 07:47 PM

I've just got myself a Pilot, i've modded the vest so it has buckles


A pilot vest with buckles? You sir have been reading my diary! How did you go about getting that done?
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#4 Paul Kellett

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Posted 17 December 2009 - 05:27 AM

I did it myself, quite easy really and a vast improvement, it looks similar to the flyer vest now.
Buckles are a vast improvement, i can now put the vest on in about 10 secs, whereas before it was a wrestle with the velcro, sticking to itself where it wasn't supposed to when i was putting it on, sticking to clothes as well, the velcro actually wrecked one of my t-shirts.
It cost me about £20 to "buckle mod" the vest.
I'll take some pics and post them in the vest section.

Paul.
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#5 Sam Morgan Moore

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Posted 28 December 2009 - 02:44 AM

Yo Paul

Im learning steadicam and from Cornwall with buddies in bristol

pilot, EX1, 5 and 7d etc

Always up for meeting, tips, gear chat and 'aligning costs' !

S
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#6 Paul Kellett

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Posted 28 December 2009 - 06:07 AM

Hi Sam.

Yes if your ever up Bristol way then maybe would do some steadicam practice, it'd be great to have a partner.
I'm also shooting with an EX1.
Whereabouts in Bristol do your friends live ?
Have you done the buckle mod on your Pilot ? it's so much better.
Have you done a steadicam workshop yet ? I'm doing a Tiffen course in March.

Paul.

Edited by Paul Kellett, 28 December 2009 - 06:16 AM.

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#7 Andrew Stone

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Posted 28 December 2009 - 02:31 PM

If you go to plastic buckles (like the Flyer) watch out for buckle squeak. Easily fixed with some duct tape. You don't want to find out after a shoot that your vest was creaking like mad if they were taking sound on the set.
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#8 Paul Kellett

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Posted 28 December 2009 - 03:47 PM

If you go to plastic buckles (like the Flyer) watch out for buckle squeak. Easily fixed with some duct tape. You don't want to find out after a shoot that your vest was creaking like mad if they were taking sound on the set.


Good tip Andrew, i'll keep an eye (or should that be ear) out for that.

Thanks, Paul.
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#9 Sam Morgan Moore

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Posted 28 December 2009 - 04:52 PM

Hi Sam.

Yes if your ever up Bristol way then maybe would do some steadicam practice, it'd be great to have a partner.
I'm also shooting with an EX1.
Whereabouts in Bristol do your friends live ?
Have you done the buckle mod on your Pilot ? it's so much better.
Have you done a steadicam workshop yet ? I'm doing a Tiffen course in March.

Paul.


Near the bottom of the M32 near the cricket ground - Idont know what its called

Ive got camping straps round my Pilot vest

I have camping straps round many things in my life

My issue with the vest is that I feel it is maybe too short (a question for a workshop) - I am 6'5 (yes I know GB is that size) and wish the top straps were longer - the top of the back plate digs into my neck which feels like a fast ticket to the back quack

I will try for that workshop if it is for pilots - Im not that interested in a workshop for heavy rigs (put heads down for abuse!) because I think there is a different skillset for low inertia rigs

and my main interest is working with a small footprint - ie mainly canon5 and 7 and only the Ex1 where those cams are not appropriate for some reason

defo up for some practice - the first two shots of my reel are pilot/ex1 the other 'steady' shots are merlin or blackbird on with canon DSLRs

S

Edited by Sam Morgan Moore, 28 December 2009 - 05:01 PM.

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#10 Paul Kellett

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Posted 28 December 2009 - 06:31 PM

Sam, the top of the back plate digs into the back of your neck ? You mean the top of the vest at the back, is so then yes it sounds like you need longer straps.
Do you have the straps going over the shoulders aswell like mine ? I could change mine for longer straps very easily now that i've modded it.

The workshop i'm going on is for the Pilot and Flyer only.
http://www.flysteadicam.com/

I like your showreel.
How did you get the shot at 2mins, the preceeding the car shot ? Some sort of mount on another vehicle ?

Paul.
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#11 Sam Morgan Moore

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Posted 28 December 2009 - 06:41 PM

Sam, the top of the back plate digs into the back of your neck ? You mean the top of the vest at the back, is so then yes it sounds like you need longer straps.
Do you have the straps going over the shoulders aswell like mine ? I could change mine for longer straps very easily now that i've modded it.

The workshop i'm going on is for the Pilot and Flyer only.
http://www.flysteadicam.com/

I like your showreel.
How did you get the shot at 2mins, the preceeding the car shot ? Some sort of mount on another vehicle ?

Paul.


The car sequence is..

handheld in the car, one holding the camera out of the window a a sticks shot (400 2.8) then

using my vito van (doors allround) shots - just me standing in the back (safety last)

side on the car with 105mm lens on the blackbird looking at the driver
tight out of the back of the van 105 lens on the blackbird looking at the driver
wide 24mm out of the back of the van

canon 5dmk2 24-105 zoom lens

ill do the 'shop if Im free

S
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