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Lightweight Steadicam Operators workshop - Sydney (Australia

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#1 Ashley Roan

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Posted 29 January 2007 - 06:44 AM

This is a courtesy reminder to let you know that bookings are soon to close for the up and coming Phil Balsdon Lightweight Steadicam Operators Workshop. This intensive two day workshop, based around Steadicam?s ingenious lightweight ?Flyer?, is to be held on February 17-18 (Sat-Sun) at Studio 201a in Artarmon, NSW. It will give you all the skills you need to fully assemble and balance the rig as well as teach you how to ?fly?.

These workshops are designed for operators working with HDV and Mini DV cameras or film cameras such as the Aaton A Minima or Arri 235. The workshop covers all aspects of Steadicam? operation. After learning set-up and balance procedures you'll start basic exercises and composing simple shots. As we gradually introduce more advanced techniques the shots become more complex and by the end of day 2, each student will complete a complex "Grand Prix" shot utilising all the skills they've learned.

Many previous attendees have stepped out of this workshop straight into professional Steadicam work.

Following is a course outline:

Day One (Saturday February 17)

Steadicam? components, theory of how it works.
Build and balancing the rig.
Basic straight line ?flying?.
Footwork and hand techniques.
Framing and composition.
Techniques for complex shots.

Evening Session

Video clips, discuss techniques used.
Working on the set, communicating with director and crew.

Day Two (Sunday February 18)[i]

Rebuild rigs, review day one
Low mode, ride on and hard mounting techniques.
Safety considerations.
Grand Prix shot performed by each student.
Wrap up

The admission cost of AU$799 covers the two day workshop and evening viewing session, a comprehensive professionally prepared course manual, workshop certificate, lunch and morning/afternoon tea ? basically all you?ll need.

The instructor, Phil Balsdon, has over 18 years experience as a freelance cinematographer on feature films, documentaries, commercials, television and corporate video production. With Steadicam? film credits including Peter Pan, The Quiet American and Garage Days and TV credits including Farscape, The Lost World and All Saints.

For bookings visit Getting Creative or call Ashley on +61 2 8824 6424.
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