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#1 Bobby Holbrook

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Posted 08 October 2012 - 05:18 PM

Flying to LA early November and was wondering if any certified instructors would want to give me a 1 day workshop. Basically to go over what I'm doing wrong, what I'm doing right, and tips and tricks on improving. Can anyone recommend someone? I will ship my Flyer Rig with me if I can find a instructor willing to do this. My open date would be ideally NOV 6th.

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#2 Alan Rencher

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Posted 08 October 2012 - 08:23 PM

Flying to LA early November and was wondering if any certified instructors would want to give me a 1 day workshop. Basically to go over what I'm doing wrong, what I'm doing right, and tips and tricks on improving. Can anyone recommend someone? I will ship my Flyer Rig with me if I can find a instructor willing to do this. My open date would be ideally NOV 6th.

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Bobby Holbrook
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There's an ad that pops up on the right of this page sometimes for, "The Stabilizer Workshops," by Robert Starling. He does just that.
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#3 Charles Papert

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Posted 08 October 2012 - 09:02 PM

Just to clarify, there is no governing body granting certification for instructors (just as there is no formal certification for Steadicam operators).
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#4 Brian Freesh

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Posted 08 October 2012 - 09:42 PM

What Charles said, as usual.

Bobby, definitely try Robert first as Alan suggested. If he happens to not be available, let me know. I'm currently available for the 6th.

Also, Janice Arthur (can be found here on the forum) has begun doing skype workshops, which may or may not be more convenient for you.

ETA: Not to downplay Robert's instruction on operating the rig, but if you don't spend most of your time with him on the business side of steadicam operating you've wasted an opportunity.
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#5 Bobby Holbrook

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Posted 08 October 2012 - 10:30 PM

Thanks Guys!!! I have sent Mr. Robert an email through his website and hope to hear from him soon. If he is not available, Brian I will take you up on your offer!! I'll let you know once I hear from Robert. Charles, how does one get the S.O.A. accreditation? How much experience do you need , is there a test? IDK but sounds like something for me to work toward. I noticed Mr. Robert is sponsored by Division Camera, that's great because I am too (thef65project.com) and I am going visit them while in Town..Anyway..thanks for all of the help so far and I will keep you up to date (Brian) when I hear back from Mr. Robert..
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#6 Bobby Holbrook

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Posted 08 October 2012 - 10:31 PM

Thanks Guys!!! I have sent Mr. Robert an email through his website and hope to hear from him soon. If he is not available, Brian I will take you up on your offer!! I'll let you know once I hear from Robert. Charles, how does one get the S.O.A. accreditation? How much experience do you need , is there a test? IDK but sounds like something for me to work toward. I noticed Mr. Robert is sponsored by Division Camera, that's great because I am too (thef65project.com) and I am going visit them while in Town..Anyway..thanks for all of the help so far and I will keep you up to date (Brian) when I hear back from Mr. Robert..
Thanks again
Bobby Holbrook
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#7 Brian Freesh

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Posted 08 October 2012 - 11:43 PM

Sounds great, Bobby. I'm sure Robert will get in touch with you very soon. I hope your schedules sync up. :)

There's no "accreditation" as Charles said. You take a workshop from whomever you chose (who's offering) and, depending on the workshop, you may receive a certificate of completion afterwards. Operative word: completion. The certificate proves you paid for and attended the workshop, it makes no claims as to your skill. An argument could certainly be made that depending on your market you might be able to use that certificate to impress, but that's a different discussion. (I wish I could leverage my workshops like that)

The SOA website will have information about their workshop. They have one once or twice a year in Pennsylvania. After researching your options, if you think you want to take that workshop make room for it in your schedule and do it. Just be aware that at the end of that week you won't be a great operator (unless you're a prodigy, and even then...). You'll be someone with a beginning set of tools with which to develop skills you can hone if, and only if, you practice constantly and for a long time.

Good luck!

(and don't be like me, keep that Flyer within it's weight limits!)
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#8 Eric Fletcher S.O.C.

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 12:49 AM

I've also done personal one on one workshops, and since my show (Dexter) has wrapped for the season I'm available
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#9 Chris Flurry

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 10:23 AM

I can highly recommend Eric Fletcher, I have to say that I learned a lot from him working with him as an assistant. Don't think you could choose a more knowledgeable guy to learn from.
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#10 PeterAbraham

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 09:26 AM

What an interesting thread.

I've been a Steadicam Workshop Instructor since 1990. Lead Instructor in Rockport for a few years, have taught over 1,200 students in 2, 3 and 6 day workshops. Glad to discuss private training situations.

What Charles said, and more. The only thing that makes someone a Steadicam Operator is their work. Spending $$$ on gear and training does not. One can quite easily drop $ 100 - 120K on gear and be a hack. Good comprehensive training coupled with relentless practice makes one an Operator and not just an Owner.

You can own a Stradivarius violin and make excreble noises. Or, for example, you can own a Sigmantovich and make soaring music.

Peter Abraham, S.O.C.

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#11 Charles Papert

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 12:37 PM

What's the preferred drop time on a Sigmantovich?
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#12 PeterAbraham

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 01:06 PM

Remarkably slow.I've held both types~ took pains to drop neither.
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Posted 14 October 2012 - 01:19 PM

forget these other losers...get me a JetBlue ticket and $2k (in ones) and I will learn ya. My class is called Aggressive Mediocrity, and will cover important topics like the illusion of progress, the long lost art of deflecting blame, how to keep a buzz going for 12 hrs straight, and most importantly - the skills needed to land hot background artists and stand-ins (by special guest lecturer Charles Papert).

Aggressive Mediocrity is held the third Tuesday every other month at Jumbos Clown Room...the lovely employees of JCR will be the subjects of the camera, the objects of our desire, and the recipients of your money. Bring a towel and 2 pairs of shoes.
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#14 PeterAbraham

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 02:04 PM

Wait, I sent in my deposit for your seminar " Passive Obsequience ". Has that been canceled ??
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#15 RonBaldwin

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 02:33 PM

Wait, I sent in my deposit for your seminar " Passive Obsequience ". Has that been canceled ??


that class was cancelled due to the last student forgetting his safe word and losing a toe. He was pretty trashed so the good news is that he really didn't feel it until the next morning. Gummy bears and absinthe are no longer allowed in JCR after this "incident." Your deposit must have been used for legal defense so I can send you a t-shirt to make it up to you.
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