Hi Guys n Gals,
I have previously been using a hdge n podge glidecam for a fair while to reasonable success for my own things and then moved onto a 1st gen Steadicam Flyer. I have now got myself a Steadicam Zephyr and I am keen to increase my skills.
I have the Steadicam operators hand book, read it through a bunch, don't do enough practice as I might. So I am keen to improve but want to aslo do it the most efficent way possible. Not trying to be lazy but I just don't have a lot of spare time.
I love doing steadicam, I don't aim to be a steadicam op for other peoples productions, really just my own. My day job is I run a small production company in Sydney with a few employees. We mainly make corporate videos and TVCs. Last year in colaboration with some industry friends we made our first feature and we are keen to do more. This is what I'd like to be able to be a decent steadicam op for, our own low budget features.
Most often the feedback I see is to do a workshop. I'd love to, thing is after speaking to Brett from Tiffen I get the impression that there is not much chance of a workshop in Sydney. So...
1. I bumped into a Steadicam Op at Lemac recently and got chatting. Is it a good Idea to hire some one like him to come and give a day lesson? Is there any pitfalls with that idea that I havent thought of & how do you determine who will be good at teaching you?
2. Are there any workshops going on in Sydney that I have not found yet that you peeps know about?
3. Any tips for improving other than Workshops, The hand book, and keep practicing?
What I currently have trouble with:
Offten I have a slight side to side wobble trying to keep the frame centered.
Getting dynamic ballance I find very frustrating and some times elusive.
A sense that I could be set up better/I am making simple mistakes I am unawear of.
I feel that the glidecam route of learning has imbued me with bad habbits or areas of miss information.
Any advice is appreciated. I have read through alot of post on this forum so happy to be pointed in the direction of something I have missed.
Edited by Nathaniel C. T. Jackson, 04 August 2015 - 03:55 AM.