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NFTS Steadicam Short Course Video - May 2011

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#1 John E Fry

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Posted 24 January 2012 - 05:40 AM

Hi all,

Here's a little video you might enjoy of some UK Steadicam training. I put this together from footage shot during the National Film & Television School's Steadicam short course in May 2011, on which I instruct with David Crute.

Most of the video was shot with a Steadicam Pilot flying a Panasonic AF101, with some odd shots from an Archer with a P2 HPX500, a Master Elite with a PDW-700, and an EFP with a Digibeta DVW-790.

I must say I was most impressed with the Pilot, and have used one on several jobs subsequently. It was the minimum configuration of the AF101, pancake wide lens, no matte box or other gubbins so I thought it would be way to light to operate 'normally' but the feel wa remarkably good and without any wind it functioned brilliantly! Tiffen really have taken the time to develop these smaller rigs properly! The Archer (a version 1) was also great for the P2 camera, although I don't think it would have coped as well the heavier Digi or XD HD. Those of us who have grown up with EFPs & even Masters will not notice the limited options for dynamic balance, but certainly will the light weight!

Anyway, take a look & comment away if you like!

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#2 Alfeo Dixon SOC

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Posted 24 January 2012 - 09:04 AM

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#3 Twojay Dhillon

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Posted 24 January 2012 - 12:22 PM

Funny how it looks like a lot of us Brits like to fly "goofy"! :P
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#4 John E Fry

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 04:03 AM

Well, goofy does make more sense with broadcast cameras because all the controls are on the right hand side, so having that side of the camera facing you while you operate is a distinct advantage. Obviously for film cameras this is less of a consideration, as even the Alexa has it's main controls on the left. Interestingly, the new Sony F5 & F55 have their controls on the left, so if this is a glimpse of things to come, maybe one day we'll all be shooting goofy!
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