Necessary Equipment to get Started
Posted 11 May 2010 - 08:11 AM
Posted 11 May 2010 - 08:21 AM
That question is a rather sprawling one to be answered in a single post and not knowing your knowledge base on the subject makes it difficult to answer.
A few suggestions. One, your course is in July -- not that far off. Most of what you need to know will be dispensed in a meaningful way in the course. I assume it is a 5 day course. Second, pick up a copy of The Steadicam Operators Handbook and studiously read it between now and when you take the course. Third, poke around the forum archives for a few months and read posts and threads here as they develop. There is a lot of information here that will reveal itself as you become more acquainted with the art and craft of Steadicam.
Posted 11 May 2010 - 10:08 AM
My current sled, arm, vest, monitor cost about $65k but my overall system is approaching $180k.
Bare minimum you'll need to acquire:
Focus system: Single channel Bartech about $5k - three channel Preston $30k+
Transmitter: Low-end $600 - CanaTrans $5k - HD $6k and up
Receiver monitors: $75 - $1000 for monitors and $2k+ receivers
Batteries: At least $5k
Cables: $5k - $15k
Cart & Shipping Cases: $1k - $5k
Kit for live shows: $1k - $5k
Vehicle to carry all this crap: ?
Insurance: $1k - $3k
Misc items like weight plate, downconverter, rain/ dust covers, tools, back up cables and monitor, adapters, fiber jumpers, Triax to coax adapters, extra stand and docking bracket, zoom/focus controller... that is easily another $6k and the list goes on.
You don't have to run out and buy all this at once but to be competitive you'll need it and when they sell you the rig they won't tell you about all these other items nor their cost.
I think most everyone adds as they go along and in some specialties such as live work you don't need wireless focus and transmitters.
Just be sure to budget for at least 30-50% of the cost of your rig for accessories and that percentage will be higher if you're buying small rig because even though the cost of the rig is less, the cost of the AKS remain about the same.
This is a VERY GOOD REASON to look at used systems; there are tons of used systems on the market at the moment where you can get a more capable rig with some AKS and be ready to hit the ground running... but we don't encourage running
It's early and the espresso has not fully kicked in so I may have missed a few things but this is a good start.
Posted 11 May 2010 - 10:42 AM
Posted 11 May 2010 - 11:24 AM
But as for bare minimum: Vest, arm, sled, monitor, batteries. From there, what Robert said. Except I'd put insurance at the top of his list!
But honestly, my rig is the best.
Posted 11 May 2010 - 11:40 AM
Good pair of sneakers
Sweat band for wrist
Red Bull cup holder adapter for vest
All the gear in the world won't help if you don't market and have the ability to get work at a decent rate. Take Robert's advice there. I think he has a good post here somewhere about the business side of things. Starting out it's about 90% small business stuff.
Posted 11 May 2010 - 12:02 PM
Posted 11 May 2010 - 04:07 PM
Posted 11 May 2010 - 08:51 PM
Crazy week this week but let's get together next....