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#1 Marcin Brauer

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Posted 10 October 2006 - 08:12 AM

Can any of you tell me how hard is to get a steadicam job in Boston area? Is the market full with ops or is there still a need for more?

There is a slight chance that I will be moving there for some time and I would like to know if it is reasonable for me to take my gear (EFP) with me or should I leave it at home?

Any advice would be appreciated.
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#2 Alec Jarnagin SOC

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Posted 10 October 2006 - 08:32 AM


It seems that Boston Steadicam ops eventually move on to New York or LA. It is a tricky market where you really need to know a lot of people, etc. Not too much Steadicam used either. Movies coming into town almost always bring in a New Yorker (or LA) leaving you to do the local stuff. Local stuff is a nut that will take you a long time to crack though. Please be cognizant of the rate structure too as the few people that do work there have spent years raising the bar. I recently had a friend, who is relatively new to Steadicam, begin working for an old client of mine for approximately half of what I charged. On the one hand I don't care because I'm swamped here in NYC, but it still pains me a bit.

Funny thing is that since moving to NYC ten years ago, I have done more "high end" jobs in Boston than when I lived there (part of that is my experience level now, but I'm convinced part of it is the New York address).
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#3 Charles Papert

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Posted 10 October 2006 - 11:12 AM

I've been gone from there nearly 10 years but I will second Alec's thoughts.
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#4 Marcin Brauer

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Posted 11 October 2006 - 02:54 AM

Thanks for the info. I think that I will leave my gear at home or sell it as I`m not quite sure for how long (if it will happen) will I be moving there. It is anything from 3 months to 6 years or more... And since I won`t be having any contacts in movie business it just wouldn`t work out for me :( Too bad.

Anyways, thanks for advice it will save me a lot of trouble/cost during moving proccess.
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