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Tiffen’s Malibu Classic verses SOA’s workshop???

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#1 Andre Trudel

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Posted 22 December 2006 - 05:27 AM

Hi all.

I just wanted to get different operators opinions on the Steadicam workshops.
Tiffen?s Malibu Classic verses SOA?s workshop. What are the major differences, advantages, or disadvantages between the two?

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#2 Jerry Holway

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Posted 22 December 2006 - 09:49 AM


As the head instructor for both workshops, I think I can answer your question pretty well.

The course is basically the same, with some small differences - each place takes advantage of its location.

Both are 5 1/2 to six day, very intensive workshops; typically 10-12 hours each day, and a minimum of one instructor and "full sized" rig per 4 students, plus Flyers and Merlins and instructor's rigs, extra vests, etc.

Garrett typically shows up for awhile at the SOA workshops; but he often visits at the Malibu one as well.

At the SOA wokshops, other "East Coast" ops show up from time to time. Various ops (and vendors) from LA typically show up at the Malibu workshop. The SOA workshop has the Skyman? experience...

Either way, there's way more to teach and experience than we have time for.

I think the venue for the next "Malibu" workshop will not be in Malibu; the Tiffen website will soon have the details, dates, etc. I'm told it's going to be in late March; the next SOA workshop is in May. And there's a workshop with Garrett as the head instructor in Locarno, Switzerland in early February (again, same general format, interesting location, great instructors, etc.).

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