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'Tis true--I'm no longer a Steadicam operator.


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#1 Charles Papert

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Posted 04 February 2011 - 03:41 AM

I've had a lot of questions thrown my way recently because of all the gear that I'm selling, pretty well divided between "are you getting a new rig?" or "you're not quitting, are you?"

I guess it's time to make it official: I have made the leap to DP, a transition that I began in earnest about a year ago, although I have been working in that capacity on and off for twenty years (I got tired of lugging around the multi-hyphens in my title, let alone the rig)! So far so good--the work is coming in and I'm having fun with it.

Twenty-seven years ago I visited Ted Churchill on the set of "Ghosbusters" and saw my future strapped to his lanky frame. My youthful excitement (obsession, really) with Steadicam continued long into my career. I've always felt that to get good at this skill, you have to want it so much that you can't imagine NOT doing it. There's nothing quite like that feeling as you glide to the end of a great take, knowing that it all came together--the performances were there, the timing was right, the background didn't spike the lens, the operating was as solid as you could have hoped for; reveling in the endorphins as you wait for the magic words "cut! print! moving on!"

So, cheers everybody in the Steadicam community. From the folks who tirelessly evolve and service the gear that makes it possible, to my fellow operators who inspired and aided me along the way, to the newer operators for whom it was my pleasure to pass on the nuggets I've gleaned. And above all: my eternal gratitude to GB, whose wit, wisdom, enthusiasm and genius defined a quarter century of my life.

Cut, print...and now, moving on.
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#2 Richard W. Davis

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Posted 04 February 2011 - 03:50 AM

Congratulations, my friend. Like you, I'm sure, I have mixed emotions. I am happy for your new challenges, but sad to see your wisdom, wit and enthusiasm not laser focused on our steadi world.

The best of all things to you in your new career path. Thanks for so much all along Charles.
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#3 Amedeo Fabroni

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Posted 04 February 2011 - 04:51 AM

Congatulations Charles!
All the Steadicam Operators and Directors that will have the possibility to work with you as DP will be very lucky! I think there are few DP that can really enhance the Art of Steadicam.
All the best for your career as DP and thanks so much for sharing your Steadicam knowledge.
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#4 Lukas Franz

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Posted 04 February 2011 - 07:18 AM

Congrats, Charles! Sad to see someone witch such a great attitude like you leaving the steadicam playing field. All the Best for your new challenging and exciting career! However keep it steady!!!

Cheers.
Lukas
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#5 Afton Grant

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Posted 04 February 2011 - 07:57 AM

Can I have your logo?
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#6 Richard James Lewis

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Posted 04 February 2011 - 09:09 AM

Vultures!

Can I have your logo?



I hope you stick around here regardless.

Best,
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#7 Rob Vuona SOC

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Posted 04 February 2011 - 10:29 AM

Sad to see you leave, happy to see you arrive on that side, ...... Ok let the brown nosing commence, time to hire me

Lol......

Also Garfield mount, you losing that too?
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#8 Charles Papert

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Posted 04 February 2011 - 12:26 PM

Afton: you already have my logo. FACE!

Rob: Garfield is sticking with me for immediate future. When the Nimblecam goes, that will go then (As Nimblecam goes, so goes the Garfield...? anyone?)
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#9 Scott Dropkin

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Posted 04 February 2011 - 01:10 PM

Charles,

Congrats on the jump. From a younger operator who studied your steadicam work, I can't wait to see what you bring us as a DP. Best of luck!

Scott
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#10 Kevin Andrews SOC

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Posted 04 February 2011 - 01:42 PM

Cheers Charles!

Thanks for all the great advice and inspiration along the way. Go get 'em as a DP!
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#11 Jess Haas SOC

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Posted 04 February 2011 - 02:48 PM

Congrats on the promotion! Best of luck on all future endeavors.

~Jess
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#12 Joe Lawry

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Posted 04 February 2011 - 10:42 PM

Congrats Charles,

You have been a great inspiration to many aspiring operators, myself included.

Hopefully you'll still grace us with your wisdom from time to time, it definitely makes you feel pretty good about a shot when CP commented on it!

Joe
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#13 mark morgan

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Posted 05 February 2011 - 12:23 AM

charles thanks for all the knowledge and make
every day "THE BEST DAY EVER" with your big move YA'A

best regards and mahalo
mark morgan
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#14 Nick Tsamandanis

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Posted 05 February 2011 - 12:41 AM

Congratulations and all the best to you Charles!
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#15 Jerry Holway

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Posted 05 February 2011 - 11:08 AM

Charles-

Many thanks for all you've done for the community - and for me - all these years. Best of luck and be kind to the Steadicam ops who work for you!

Jerry
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