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#1 Alec Jarnagin SOC

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 09:37 PM

Hi all, this is Jendra Jarnagin (Alec Jarnagin's wife) posting under his account. I am looking for referrals for a good, experienced Steadicam Operator, with equipment, for a documentary shoot in Egypt or Lebanon, possibly traveling around the region. I will be the DP and we plan to shoot in the first half of 2013. Ideal candidates would speak Arabic and live and work in a nearby Arab country. But also willing to consider others from the region such as Turkey, Israel or Morocco, etc. to find someone with the appropriate experience.

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Project is a feature documentary about Arab women overcoming oppression. The format will be formal interviews (no Steadicam) with dramatized re-creations, including Steadicam. Think "Man on Wire" as a reference.
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#2 JobScholtze


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Posted 08 January 2013 - 02:06 PM

You should ask Fabrizio, he has worked there for a long time and should be able to hook you up
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#3 Ken Nguyen

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 02:27 PM

Steven French, Australian, cameraman/Steadicam operator based in Dubai.
One of the best on my list.
Email: camerasteve@gmail.com
Web: www.camerasteve.com
Dubai: +9715-0293-7726
Australia: +61-402-052-339
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#4 James Puli

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 03:48 PM

Alec / Jendra..... I know Steve as well and he knows his stuff that's for sure! When he's not doing steadicam he's shooting ENG / doco type stuff so may fit your bill really well!

Good luck!

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 10:51 AM

Hi Jendra,
Yep, I have kit in Dubai, Qatar and Toronto. Just let me know what your require and im sure I can help you out.

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#6 Sanjay Sami

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 05:36 PM

Hi Jendra,
If you are open to getting a Turkish operator, I can highly recommend Ercan Yilmaz. He is not on this forum, but is a very accomplished and experienced operator.


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#7 Evrim KAYA

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 08:09 PM

Hey Sanjay,

I already recommended Ercan Yilmaz via e-mail and gave Jendra his e-mail address. He did a very similar documentary project last year in several countries in North Africa and he’s a veteran of 20+ years (and also my mentor).
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