Hi Guys and Gals of the forum,
I was asked to put together a class for this years Talent Campus at Sarajevo Film Festival. I wanted to focus on special Camera equipment like Steadicam, Telescoping cranes and stabilized heads. The class is for about 20 young directors so its not aimed at how the operating is done but to show them why and when it is a good idea to implement those tools, how a scene can benefit from it and why to use professionals to get them done. I think it's a good chance to get a new generation of directors to have our back when production is trying to argue against the use of proper equipment or personal again because they want to save a dollar or two
What I would like to show are little scenes in which those tools where essential to tell a story where handheld, tripod or dolly just wouldn't cut it. I was thinking of the shots like from "Raising Cane" in the hallway done by Larry McConkey or the shot at the Berlin Bus Station from "Hanna" by Peter Robinson. I also remember a video on this forum that showed Job Scholz I think who was taken by a crane from a balcony to a boat and then to the streets while doing Steadicam.
What do you guys think? What shots would be helpful for the purpose or what else do you think needs to be put into young directors heads to teach them our ways?
Any input or maybe even footage, stories or pictures of you guys pulling off crazy camera work is highly appreciated and what I choose to show at the workshop will of course be accompanied by the highest praise to the operator who did it.