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#1 Daniel Bates

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Posted 01 March 2010 - 12:56 PM

Hey all,

I wanted to introduce myself to the forum while I lurk. I learned about this community by researching Steadicam in general, which I was introduced to by reading Charles Papert's very informative posts on DV Info. I've never even seen a Steadicam in person, and I know very little about the system and the industry, but I would like to learn.

Now for some background - as you can see, I'm 20 years old and living in Fayetteville, North Carolina (as unlikely a place for a camera operator as any I can think of). My day job explains the location; I am a sergeant in the U.S. Army, stationed at Fort Bragg, an am currently trained as a combat documentation / production specialist. Some of you may know this field as 'combat camera', though I am not in that unit, so I don't do any of that work.

I started out with photography, and I've shot a little bit of photojournalism, NCAA D1 sports, weddings, portraits and features. My employer has graciously provided me with 5D Mark IIs, so I've delved into DSLR video, particularly while in Iraq last year. I shot a personal video over there, which you can see (if you're really bored) at .

Being in the Army, I can't go out and work Steadicam fulltime. I'm not sure if it would even be wise to pursue at this stage in my life, but I'm curious enough to think about it more than a little. I will be taking a two-day workshop when my schedule coincides with a workshop date (anybody within a few hours of NC want to do one with me? I need five more people!) - hopefully soon. After that, who knows?

I've rambled on enough - thanks to the admins for providing this community, and thanks to all of you for making it the professional, informative environment that it is!

Best,

--Daniel Bates
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#2 Alec Jarnagin SOC

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Posted 01 March 2010 - 01:20 PM

Daniel,


Welcome to our forum and thank you for your service to our country (I suppose I should say my country since this is an international community).

I'm sure you are aware that there are archives here - lots of them. They make for some amazing reading and are filled with priceless knowledge. I like the fact that you mention you will be lurking here as it implies lots of reading... something some of our newer members don't seem to excel at. Many, many of your questions will be answered in the pages thoughtfully written over the years. Of course, should you have a question that you can't find the answer to, just ask.

You are on the right track planning to take a workshop as it will really teach you what you don't know and what you need to learn.

Good luck!
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#3 Sam Morgan Moore

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Posted 06 March 2010 - 03:50 AM

I dont know if you have seen the work of Danfung Dennis - military meets the 5d and the glidecam

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Posted 06 March 2010 - 12:54 PM

Hey man, you're not alone, I'm Navy ComCam out of San Diego,(Reserves) Most of what the Navy's doing now is Specwar, but I have worked with you guys in the past over in the box, I don't know if you know Tyler Ginter, (Lt, 55th) I spent a few months with him out there.

We've been trying to figure out how to get Merlins over there for the conventional stuff, they aren't usable in every situation, but they do have a place we think, so you're not far off. You might try to play that angle to get your hands on one, maybe they'll even get a Pilot or something better. I've seen it happen more than once... You've just gotta show them a good use for one.
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#5 Daniel Bates

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Posted 07 March 2010 - 12:47 AM

Thanks for the welcome, Alex, Sam, and Sydney!

Sam, I have indeed seen Danfung Dennis's work, and it is inspiring. Thanks for the link - I'll peruse his site again.

Syndey, it's good to see another ComCam on the board. I went through DINFOS in '08, so we probably haven't got any mutual acquaintances there. I know of LT Ginter only by reputation; his work with the 5D (and 7D and 1D Mark IV) is well known in my unit. I spent some time with Navy ComCam in the sandbox as well, though none of them were using 5Ds.

One of the other companies in my unit has a Glidecam somewhere; I'll see if I can get access to mess around with it. I won't be able to fly a DSLR on it, but we do have Betacams and Sony EX1s.
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#6 Sydney Seeber

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Posted 07 March 2010 - 02:25 AM

I never went through the DINFOS school, just college, but I do know some instructors there. We've only got a few of the Canon DSLRs... For most of the work we do we can't use the DSLRs really, as the guys we roll with pretty much only do night ops which means zero light allowed... The video Live View LCD is WAY too bright. I've been pushing them hard for the other stuff we do though. I bought a couple of them for personal use...

I'd really try and get them to at least demo one of the Merlins... Ginter and I were playing with them last year at NAB and he was able to get the Army to buy a few for the 5Ds, so I know it's a realistic option...
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#7 Devendra Dash

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Posted 08 March 2010 - 01:32 AM

I never went through the DINFOS school, just college, but I do know some instructors there. We've only got a few of the Canon DSLRs... For most of the work we do we can't use the DSLRs really, as the guys we roll with pretty much only do night ops which means zero light allowed... The video Live View LCD is WAY too bright. I've been pushing them hard for the other stuff we do though. I bought a couple of them for personal use...

I'd really try and get them to at least demo one of the Merlins... Ginter and I were playing with them last year at NAB and he was able to get the Army to buy a few for the 5Ds, so I know it's a realistic option...


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