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#1 cesarmel


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Posted 31 March 2004 - 01:45 PM

Hi my name is Cesar, last year completed my degree in Film (camera) in Spain. During my last year in the university i discovered the steadicam and i liked it a lot. I did a course, but with old equipement.
I am now living in Chicago and am thinking about attending the steadicam workshop in May in Philadelphia (steadicam operators association).
I discovered this forum not too long along and it is helping me learn many things. However i would like to ask a few questions:
What is the best way to begin working in steadicam?
It is a good idea to attend the workshop in Philadelphia or are there other courses you would recomend?
Are there places and opportunities to do an internship or to get a job once i have completed the workshop? If so what is the best way to look for these opportunities?
Thank you very much for your time and help.
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#2 RobVanGelder


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Posted 31 March 2004 - 11:45 PM

Hi Cesar,

Attending a workshop is always a good idea, if you are serious about it.
Plus, you need the money for it too, but if this is what you really want, then you will find a way to pay for it.

Please keep in mind that no workshop will give you a promise for work. But you will meet people that are already in the trade and will share with you how they came into this business.

Personally, I don´t think that after one year out of film school, you have enough experience to become an operator. To get the right feel for composition and technique you need much longer experience on set, possible in different jobs. Steadicam is a very specialised technique and will give you great responsability for the whole shooting, so you need to be sure that you are ready to fulfill.

It´s a good idea to connect to an operator, be an assistant and WATCH CAREFULLY the behaviour, etiquette and solutions on set. Be his focus puller for a while if that is possible. Then you will learn the pitfalls.

About getting jobs, that´s an ongoing struggle for all of us, some are more luckey in that than others, there is no good answer. But practice and a good positive attitude on set and towards producers and directors will help.

Rob van Gelder, Bangkok, Thailand
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