I'll briefly summarize where I am at right now, I have been a camera prep tech for the past 2 years at a camera rental house. We do see steadicam operators but I've had little time to chat with them so I have a few questions that I'd be grateful for some advising on. I currently AC on the side and am very interested in getting into steadicam work firstly for my personal projects and because i've enjoyed the glide cam but I would like to look at it as an investment into a field that has always interested me. I know it is a competitive, costly, physically demanding field so I'm trying to figure out what the right route to get started would be.
At my work I have access to good amount of camera's for my personal use on the weekends , and have owned a glidecam hd2000 which I used solely for DSLR shoots. I now have been shooting more on the F55 and Epic which are over the weight capacity of the glidecam especially with heavier lenses, FIZ units, matte box etc.
With that said, at the moment I am considering saving more for a steadicam scout or zephyr and I know I would get a good amount of use out of them but as far as getting into the field of steadicam operating, at what point would it be a good idea to invest in a workshop and are their other things I should be considering before investing as well. I'm a bit hesitant at the moment mainly because it could be 6 months or so until I can drop the money for a steadicam and I don't want to forget by the time I actually purchase one. What investment do you think would benefit me the most at this point. I will be at there rental house for another year or so, so I will have a lot of access to cameras and time build upon steadicam operating skills.
Thanks for your time!
Edited by Tim Westover, 30 November 2014 - 10:39 PM.