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Phil Balsdon

A veteran operator struck down

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#1 chris fawcett

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 06:27 AM


Steadicam pioneer, and teacher of hundred of operators, Phil Balsdon, suffered a major stroke in October last year. If you're feeling generous, or want more information, please follow this link: http://us5.campaign-...id=966bbdc9d6

Phil's a hell of a guy. We taught together in Australia, where he walked the feet off me showing me his favourite hidden beaches north of Sydney. This picture, taken at the Kuala Lumpur workshop a few months before his stroke, shows his playful nature.

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My enduring memory of Phil is of him running flat-out in the rig just for the hell of it. It would be great if we could all help Phil to just walk again.

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#2 James Puli

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 04:15 PM

Thanks for posting Chris! You beat me to it!

Phil is one hell of a guy, and next to my dad is one of my mentors! I saw him in hospital just after it happened, and really have to get back to Sydney and see him again!

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#3 Norbert von der Heidt

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 02:49 AM

Thanks for that link.

When I manage to make it to the big smoke from the wild and wooly north, I plan to visit him as well. It so good to hear he's very much on the mend, ieven if it may be slowly.

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