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#1 J. Monge

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Posted 14 June 2010 - 12:41 PM

Hi, from Europe.

On thursday 17th, will be the 15th anniversary of the Ted's Tree.
All around the Steadicam planet, everybody, one day or other, heard about him.
Some of his friends, with Jack, his twin, have opened a page on Facebook :

As we were very close,
and speaking him a few days before the Tragedy,
unable to help him to avoid it, so far,
I miss, so painfully, my American Friend.

Would people they knew Ted, from Rockport to London,
from NYC to M√ľnchen, from Camden to Paris,
contribute to this very simple Memorial?

Friendly, Jacques Monge.
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#2 RonBaldwin


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Posted 17 June 2010 - 07:06 PM

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Hi all. I regret that I never had the opportunity to meet or even see Ted Churchill work in person, but I feel connected to him through the noble instrument. They say Garrett invented the steadicam, but Ted invented the operator. He left our world 15 years ago today. I remember hearing the news and being deeply saddened, as I'm sure many of you were too. So today/tonight raise a glass to Uncle Teddy -- a true one of a kind.

friends from all over the world are posting pictures. Stop in and check them out.

Ron B
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#3 Kareem La Vaullee

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Posted 17 June 2010 - 07:46 PM

Thanks Jacques for creating this topic,

For the younger operators out there here are some links about Ted Churchill :

The video he made in 1984 : “Day in the Life of a Steadicam Operator

His famous : "Steadicam Operator's Manual of Style"

And here is the link to the Facebook group mentionned by Jacques were Ted's brother, friends and colleagues posted very moving pictures and testimonies these past days : TED CHURCHILL STEADICAM OPERATOR MEMORIAL

You can check the archives of the "Steadicam Letter", Ted Churchill signed some great articles among the ones wrote by Garrett Brown, Jerry Holway, Larry McConkey and others famous names.

To help my young french colleagues grasp Ted's famous humor I translated his "Requirements for Steadicam Assistants", posted with the kind permission of his brother Jack : Les qualités nécessaires aux Assistants Steadicam

Erwin Landau posted a scan of the original here in this topic : "Looking for Ted Churchill's article on how to be a good steadicam assistant"

There are also some topics from the past years like this one : "Ted Churchill Remembered"

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#4 RonBaldwin


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Posted 17 June 2010 - 08:06 PM

I didn't see this thread when I posted mine. Visit the sites listed and enjoy all the great pictures, stories and videos. Toast Uncle Teddy tonight, wherever you are.

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#5 Kareem La Vaullee

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Posted 17 June 2010 - 08:25 PM

Hi Ron,

Actually I started my reply to this Topic like 2 or 3 hours before I pushed the "Add Reply" button, then I saw that you created your topic, during that time I was chatting with Ted's best friend, Chuck Aube, on Facebook and doing other things at home.

As you I am part of the "shit, I never met Ted Churchill" group of operators...

But he was and still is a great inspiration.

Side note :

Jacques created this topic with a new account as he wasn't able to retrieve his password, his previous account is this one : Jacques Monge's Profile

Mods or Tim can contact me, I can show them how to change the author of the Topic if they don't know how to.

Friendly Yours,

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#6 Alan Lifton

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Posted 18 June 2010 - 02:45 PM

I have "Steadicam: An Operator's Perspective", an incredible two-part article written by Ted many years ago. I'll be happy to share it.
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#7 Pedro Guimaraes SOC

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Posted 30 June 2010 - 02:44 AM

I also wished I could of met him, I'm still laughing after watching the videos and reading the links....RIP knowing you still inspiring new operators like myself and making us laugh very hard!

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#8 Matthew L. Perez

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Posted 05 July 2013 - 06:06 PM

I watched that video of “Day in the Life of a Steadicam Operator” I really enjoyed it. He must have been an awesome guy to work with.

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