This is my first post here but I've been reading quite a bit the last few years.
After starting out with a quick intro from an Operator and tons of practising with a pilot for the last two years, and lately
some actual (B-camera) application of this cute tiny rig on our projects, I have been lucky enough to have this workshop
take place basically in front of my door (I live and work in Munich).
Of course I wouldnt have missed this for the world, given I was looking to take a workshop before now moving to a bigger
rig and more serious work anyway.
It was an awesome experience alltogether, perfectly organized by Isabell and Christian from Betz Tools (thanks!).
All the instructors were extremely helpful, and especially talking to and learning from people who aren't just instructors,
but who are at the very top of this business gives a very practical allround experience that I think goes a long
way in preparing you for real work. The organisation was well matched to this fact, since we spent the better part
of the time working on actual shots designed by said instructors. I certainly love to find what works for me by
learning from different people (regardless what I learn), and hey - here they were, some of the best all in one place.
Needless to say, having Larry there was incredible. It turns out he's not just a perfect operator, but a Rock-Star instructor, too.
Hes great at explaining every detail, spots the tiniest nuances in the very basics and mechanics of operating and gives just the
right assistance to find out what works best yourself. Also of course, on the details of how to best work out specific things
from extremely slow walks to step-offs etc, who's better to trust than him.
But personally I benefitted most from him taking us along on designing and working out a long shot,
seeing his enthusiasm and perfectionism live at work is enormous, and I hope I'll remember and apply as much as I can from it!
The giant snail, Victor, is actually a siberian Dragon-Snail. Its still very young and not always under control. It does like chocolate, though =)
Does somebody remember its name?
All in all, it was great fun to meet all of the participants and instructors, and I would do it again in a heartbeat!