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#1 kip ross

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Posted 25 December 2006 - 05:55 PM

I'm interested in what approach Steadicam operators took regarding putting their 1st sample reel together. I have have several decades production experience (lighting /camera/grip) and a reel for said background. However, no professional production experience with the Steadicam.

I'm thinking about shooting a variety of moves through the bookstore/grocery store and like suitable environs following friends going up stairs, down stairs, start/stop etc. Further; I've taken a 2 day workshop and own a Flyer, which I practice with regularly.

I'm just concerned that a producer will not be interested if there is nothing glossily produced: Chicken/Egg simile comes to mind: No work without a reel/no reel without the work.

As always, any input is appreciated.

Thanks and Cheers to a great "07"!

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#2 Sydney Seeber

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Posted 25 December 2006 - 09:41 PM

From someone who's very new at this himself, (I only bought a full sized rig last April) I can guarantee you that if you put your name out there a little, you'll get many, many requests that you work on low/no budget projects... 2-500/day... I get 2-3 inquiries a month from people like this wanting an operator... The downside is, in my experience, these people have no idea what a steadicam is, and have REALLY strange requests... I think the strangest one was when I was asked to follow a drunk, really fat pirate re-enactor down a steep, slippery ravine as he tried not to spill a cup of beer...
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#3 kip ross

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Posted 27 December 2006 - 12:16 PM

Hi Sydney,

Thanks for your input, much appreciated!

Kip "I'll come up with something suitable" Ross
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#4 Richard W. Davis

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Posted 27 December 2006 - 06:56 PM

Kip,

My first reel was a couple(male /female) at a park and I shot a number of different setups of them doing things....stairs, long lens, circling, changes etc... Made a little music video out of it...Got me a bunch of my first jobs. Gotta start somewhere. Also having something to show(making sure you also keep the technical considerations in mind, focus, exposure etc) is far better than having nothing! It proves you did a good job on at least one gig.

Best of Luck, Happy New Year,

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#5 Erik Brul

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Posted 27 December 2006 - 06:56 PM

Hi Sydney,

Thanks for your input, much appreciated!

Kip "I'll come up with something suitable" Ross


Hey Kip,

When you start to put the Reel together, maybe start then with the Titel (your name ofcourse) and add then
your photo with the Flyer in combi with the Arri !.
It is a COOL photo !

Best, Erik
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