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#1 Oyewusi Adetayo

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Posted 26 August 2013 - 09:23 AM

I have being into Film making in Swizerland for about 10yr now ; Starting Off as an Electrician And later switched to "Grip ". I have Assisted quite some Steadycam guys And i Feel a knack for it.
Now i really want to go for it.
Could anybody Suggest a rig that can Carry up to 15 or 20kg Camera. I have a small Budget but Could Push When i know what i should get.
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#2 Oyewusi Adetayo

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Posted 26 August 2013 - 09:26 AM

Tips for beginner Would be Highly Respected...
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Posted 26 August 2013 - 11:17 AM

Hi, welcome to the Steadicam community. Here are the best things you can do to start in the Steadicam world. Just remember that becoming a good operator takes a long time and you will have to practice a lot. I often make a comparison with guitar playing in that way.
Before anything, I would recommend getting the Steadicam operator's handbook http://www.amazon.co...aw/d/024082380X and watch the EFP training DVD http://www.steadicam...am_efp_dvd.html
From there, you will learn the basic routines and mechanics of a Steadicam.
Then before rushing in buying your first rig, try to attend to a workshop. I personally did a 2 day with Tiffen in NY which convinced me that I was going the right way with Steadicam. SOA also has a great workshop to which I will be attending this December, more expensive but totally worth it http://www.steadicam.../workshop.shtml . You will meet other operators and learn the technics.
From there look to rent a rig from a local op to train and do your first gigs. You will know when the time had come to look at the market place for your first used rig.

Good luck and fly safe.
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#4 Oyewusi Adetayo

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Posted 26 August 2013 - 01:08 PM

Thanks a Lot Lazaro, i will Fellow your Guide. And if possible keep you up-Dated about my progress. I just ordered the operators handbook, and the DVD...
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#5 arielmanuelsalati

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Posted 26 August 2013 - 01:26 PM

Hi Oyewusi,

how are you?

feel free to write me or do a call for any furher info about it.

Or even if you need to try some of my steadicam.

 

Best

 

good luck

 

Ariel

 

www.arielsalati.com

 
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#6 David James

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Posted 26 August 2013 - 06:34 PM

Hi, welcome to the Steadicam community. Here are the best things you can do to start in the Steadicam world. Just remember that becoming a good operator takes a long time and you will have to practice a lot. I often make a comparison with guitar playing in that way.
Before anything, I would recommend getting the Steadicam operator's handbook http://www.amazon.co...aw/d/024082380X and watch the EFP training DVD http://www.steadicam...am_efp_dvd.html
From there, you will learn the basic routines and mechanics of a Steadicam.
Then before rushing in buying your first rig, try to attend to a workshop. I personally did a 2 day with Tiffen in NY which convinced me that I was going the right way with Steadicam. SOA also has a great workshop to which I will be attending this December, more expensive but totally worth it http://www.steadicam.../workshop.shtml . You will meet other operators and learn the technics.
From there look to rent a rig from a local op to train and do your first gigs. You will know when the time had come to look at the market place for your first used rig.

Good luck and fly safe.

 

 

Hi, welcome to the Steadicam community. Here are the best things you can do to start in the Steadicam world. Just remember that becoming a good operator takes a long time and you will have to practice a lot. I often make a comparison with guitar playing in that way.
Before anything, I would recommend getting the Steadicam operator's handbook http://www.amazon.co...aw/d/024082380X and watch the EFP training DVD http://www.steadicam...am_efp_dvd.html
From there, you will learn the basic routines and mechanics of a Steadicam.
Then before rushing in buying your first rig, try to attend to a workshop. I personally did a 2 day with Tiffen in NY which convinced me that I was going the right way with Steadicam. SOA also has a great workshop to which I will be attending this December, more expensive but totally worth it http://www.steadicam.../workshop.shtml . You will meet other operators and learn the technics.
From there look to rent a rig from a local op to train and do your first gigs. You will know when the time had come to look at the market place for your first used rig.

Good luck and fly safe.

Victor, thanks for the info. I was just about to search the site for a good starting point. 


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#7 Marc R. Berger

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Posted 27 August 2013 - 11:27 AM

Hey Oyewusi, welcome.

I´m new (8 month) to the steadicam world as well and I can only second Victor´s starting points. First a workshop! It saves you minimum 1 year of frustration with a own rig. Last year there were workshops in Zurich with Lukas Franz. Maybe they do them again, google is your friend for addresses and infos. I joined a silver workshop with Tiffen in Oxford. It was a great starting point. As manufacturer you´ll find a good one in Switzerland too: action products in Schönenwerd. Not far from Zurich. They have FANTASTIC Rigs for reasonable prices.I just recently bought one of their new Raptors rigs and I´m more then happy with the quality and the service.

Just contact them, Daryl or Lea can give you a lot of informations. 

It is always good to have a Rig from a manufacturer/dealer with service nearby. 

Betz in Munich and Sachtler organise workshops too.

Hope this helps a bit.

Cheers,

Marc


Edited by Marc R. Berger, 27 August 2013 - 11:28 AM.

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