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Student traveling to CA, looking for steadicam/Crane demo

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#1 Michael Jones

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Posted 05 January 2006 - 07:21 PM

Hello everyone!
First of all, I'd like to introduce myself. My name is Michael Jones and I am a 21 year old Mass-Communications student at Butler Community College, in El Dorado, KS. I have a semester or two left before I get my degree(s). I have been doing video production for a couple years, and have been doing computer graphics & design throughout and ever since high school. Right now I'm working for the college's TV dept., doing productions of many types.
My main interests in the production realm is grip equipment, Dollies, Jibs, Cranes, Carmounts, and of course, steadicam. I've used a dolly a couple times, carmount a few times, but have taken quite a bit of crane footage. I own a 8' Kessler Crane, and have taken great footage with it. It is a great 8' crane, but I'm really wanting to learn how to use 'real' cranes; the types that you see at concerts and sporting events.
As far as steadicam is concerned, they are what I see myself using in 5 years. I have done LOTS of research on the internet about steadicams, looking at the different models and manufacturers, learning the components, and downloading any steadicam releated video I can find. I got close to bidding on a MagiqCam on Ebay, but due to the company's questionable reliability, I opted to wait till I found another good product.

*that being said*

I'm writing all of you today because I am roadtriping to California for spring break (mid-late march) to see family and friends. This will be my first time in California. I was wondering if anyone who owns/operates a steadicam or large crane would mind if I swung through your area to check it out. I'm really anxions to see a rig in action, and just want to learn as much as I can. Basically you get to show off your rig and inspire a young mind! :) What would also be cool, is if I could job-shadow you for a couple/few hours and get to see the rig/crane in action! Just so you know, I am very relaxed, professional, and respectful. I will not be a thorn if you were to let me job shadow you.
Thank you all for taking the time to read my post, and thanks in advance for your consideration.

Please reply with any questions and or offers! Hope to hear back! :)

Michael J. Jones
El Dorado, KS
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Posted 05 January 2006 - 09:25 PM

One more thing I might throw out there... If you know anyone in California who could help me out, you might send them this topic so they can read my request... Thanks a million!

-Michael J. Jones
El Dorado, KS
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