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#1 Rory Martinez

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Posted 24 September 2010 - 05:13 PM

Hey all,

I have recently purchased a Glidecam X-22 and have been having a play around after watching loads of tutorials and reading extensive amounts of instruction booklets. I had a few days playing with operator Matt Burton and now this is the video of my first real go solo at trying to do a walk cycle and trying to incorporate a few different techniques into it.

I was wondering if anyone could give me some advice on how to improve or tips on what i could do to get better?

Many thanks,

Rory Martinez
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#2 Mark Schlicher

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Posted 24 September 2010 - 08:10 PM

Rory,

First, I tried to watch the video on Vimeo and it wouldn't play for some reason.

Second, you should probably post in the newbie section, that's usually the best place for a post like this.

Hey all,

I have recently purchased a Glidecam X-22 and have been having a play around after watching loads of tutorials and reading extensive amounts of instruction booklets. I had a few days playing with operator Matt Burton and now this is the video of my first real go solo at trying to do a walk cycle and trying to incorporate a few different techniques into it.

I was wondering if anyone could give me some advice on how to improve or tips on what i could do to get better?

Many thanks,

Rory Martinez


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#3 Lars Erik

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Posted 25 September 2010 - 12:04 PM

Hello Rory,

for a first time doing solo, I think you did good.

A few points though;

(I have to say I do not know the X-22, so I can only comment on the framing and movement, not rig set-up)

What's your drop time?

There's quite a lot of unwanted horizontal movement. You could check your dynamic balance, and also make sure your grip on the gimbal isn't too tight. It should be loose. A good exercise for this is walking towards the cross on a wall. It will tell you if you are moving the frame in any unwanted way.


PS! If you haven't bought Mr. Holway's book yet, I strongly advice you to. It has some great tips and really good exercises in it.

http://www.amazon.com/Steadicam®-Operators-Handbook-Jerry-Holway/dp/0240811658/ref=sr_1_1?s=gateway&ie=UTF8&qid=1285434147&sr=8-1


All the best

LE
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#4 Nicholas Davidoff

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Posted 25 September 2010 - 03:19 PM

Hey all,

I have recently purchased a Glidecam X-22 and have been having a play around after watching loads of tutorials and reading extensive amounts of instruction booklets. I had a few days playing with operator Matt Burton and now this is the video of my first real go solo at trying to do a walk cycle and trying to incorporate a few different techniques into it.

I was wondering if anyone could give me some advice on how to improve or tips on what i could do to get better?

Many thanks,

Rory Martinez


Watch this video for some good tips:
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#5 Matt Burton

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Posted 27 September 2010 - 08:17 AM

Hi Nick
I don't think you realise how insulting that video is to a new operator, yes it's funny to experienced ops but in the context you have put it in it's just not cool.
I've spent quite a bit of time with Rory he's a massively talented guy and one of the most natural operators I've ever come across.
When I was starting out many years ago this place was an invaluable source of information and i'd hope this is still the case.
The problem is I should have explained how this forum differs from the average internet forum when I suggested he should join up.

Lars-Erick hope you are well :)
I believe Rory is still operating without a monitor and thus may explain the unwanted movement in the frame. The stock x22 monitor is almost useless with the 5D and I believe a marshal is on the way.
Also i'm not sure what weights are being used for dynamic balance at the moment to substitute the monitor weight etc (I'm guessing its all pretty make shift at the moment).
Taken all this into account I was pretty surprised how good the shot is and can't wait to see what you come up with in the future.
It's always nice to introduce somebody into steadicam and see them get hooked just like we all did :o)
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#6 Nicholas Davidoff

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Posted 28 September 2010 - 12:31 AM

Hi Nick
I don't think you realise how insulting that video is to a new operator, yes it's funny to experienced ops but in the context you have put it in it's just not cool.
I've spent quite a bit of time with Rory he's a massively talented guy and one of the most natural operators I've ever come across.
When I was starting out many years ago this place was an invaluable source of information and i'd hope this is still the case.
The problem is I should have explained how this forum differs from the average internet forum when I suggested he should join up.


I don't know Rory, I'm sure he's a fantastic guy. So nothing personal. But there's some helpful tips in there depending how one looks at it. I agree though, whoever made that video has a cruel sense of humor.
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