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#1 Patrick Neese

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Posted 20 April 2004 - 02:19 AM

Anyone know much about this new rig? I contacted Glidecam as soon as I read about it in one of my Broadcast magazines, but they said it will be a while before its on the website... If anyone has info/pictures from NAB of this rig could you email me them? or tell me a little about it? I'm still trying to get a rig....I'm a poor college student that has been tring to figure a way to get a rig for 3-4 years now... and my part time jobs barely pay the rent.

*SIGH*

Thanks guys!

Also if anyone is in Texas and is operating I'd like to touch bases. I tried contacting some of you guys..but no one responded...

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#2 RobVanGelder

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Posted 20 April 2004 - 06:56 AM

Patrick, do you have any idea why they didn´t contacted you? <_<
I do, I think. It all has to do with your current position in the "film business", which is....not there, yet.
And yet, you try to buy a rig and expect to be an operator immeadiately?

the main thing about being a camera operator is EXPERIENCE! and I don´t mention a specialty as Steadicam.
So, in my opinion, the proper way to get work and get accepted is to start at the bottom, video-assist or clapper-loader, and work your way up to a certain level and on-set experience. There is no way you can start as credible operator if you are barely out of school!
Did I tell you this takes years?
After that, if you are in good shape, have developed a good eye for composition and have proper set-etiquette, you could look for a specialisation as.....Steadicam.

But you don´t have to follow this route of course, this is only my opinion (and experience)........

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#3 Alec Jarnagin SOC

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Posted 20 April 2004 - 11:58 AM

I'm not sure Patrick is saying that he wants to buy a rig, and become a $2000/day operator on "A" list movies overnight. Getting a cheap rig, practicing, using it on small projects, while pursuing a "day job" in the business is indeed another option. Charles Papert got me into this very mess right out of college (granted I'd been playing with cameras since I was six). While doing this, I got a job at a lighting rental house and simultaneously worked as an electrician. On the side, I practiced with Charles' rig at home and on student films (THANK YOU again, Charles). I'd also accompany him on set and quietly observe set-etiquette, etc - a VERY important part of our job.

As for Charles, after meeting Ted Churchill, he dropped out of NYU to get into the biz. While he did his time in the lower ranks, he pieced together a model 1 and got into Steadicam. Guy Bee began work at CP at 18 (?). Jimmy Murrow got his model 2 around the college years. Don't discount one's ambitions in their 20's. It is a time when the physical part of it is a snap; train the body so it is second nature to have on a rig. The important thing is to learn proper set-etiquette, composition, etc. from people in the business. Never be too proud in the beginning (or even later); learn, learn, learn. It all depends on what market you are in, what opportunities you can capitalize on, and your own personality. If you can be Vittorio Storaro's loader, then YES, you should (I am good friend's with his "A" op and that is how he started twelve plus years ago). There are many ways to do this; one needs to find their own way. The advantage of coming up through the Union ranks is that you will meet a lot on insiders on the way (DPs, Directors), which can be very difficult when you rise through the ranks in the non-Union world and then join the Union as an Op.

Good luck.
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Posted 21 April 2004 - 02:47 AM

I don't think Glidecam didn't contact him on account of his status, It's probably due to the lack of the information they actually have.

I got a chance to see the V35 Prototype at NAB yesterday, and it's pretty impressive, while quite uncomplete.

The arm looks like a toned down Gold arm, and its weight range is going to be in te mid 20's range, from what I was told. The vest is a cross between the v20 and a gold. the arm slids into place via 2 metal pins, and should be left/right interchangable. The gimble is of a new design, though I don't recall any details.

(I got to fly the vest and arm with a v20 sled. The V35 sled, and entire system for that matter, is still VERY PROTOTYPE! The sled they had at NAB was for the show only, and will not exist otherwise. Once again, these details can chance as the design progresses.)
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Posted 23 April 2004 - 11:19 AM

If anyone has info/pictures from NAB of this rig could....

Here's a relatively hi-res shot of the V35 from NAB.

http://steadicamforum.com/v35.jpg

David Stevens told me that the unit he's holding had just been completed days earlier, and had to be over-nighted to NAB.
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#6 Alec Jarnagin SOC

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Posted 23 April 2004 - 12:04 PM

Love the bright red. Looks great when reflected in glass!
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#7 Mitch Gross

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Posted 23 April 2004 - 02:09 PM

So now that we've heard a bit on the V35, how about the new Steadicam Flyer?
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#8 Tim Tyler

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Posted 23 April 2004 - 03:37 PM

So now that we've heard a bit on the V35, how about the new Steadicam Flyer?

Here you go: http://www.steadicam...m.com/flyer.jpg
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#9 Erwin Landau

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Posted 23 April 2004 - 03:50 PM

So they finally are building it...

Way to go Garrett...

I posted a picture back in January 2004, under "Arms", "Frankenstein Rig?"

We tried the Prototype Arm on the Malibu Workshop back in January 2000. Worked so nice in comparison to the original Mini Arm.

It proves again... who can wait, wins...???


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#10 guillermo nespolo

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Posted 23 April 2004 - 04:20 PM

i try that small garret arm on the last year october...and i have to say that i was the perfect and soft arm i ever try ...i wonder if tifen its thinking to make a big camera arm like this one ...
it only have one srping per section ...and its feels like heaven
guillermo "i will wait " nespolo

ps ....take a looke to garret smile ....hi is thinking this is the future guys?
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#11 Mitch Gross

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Posted 23 April 2004 - 10:43 PM

I saw the picture of Garrett & Kelly in Tim's NAB report and thought that this looked just like GB's original prototype Mini arm that I saw at the workshop. Slightly beefier looking but that may just be the shell. I'm wondering what the specs are. So much for Hollywood Lite having the only semi-useable 2-bone inexpensive arm out there. Looks great for the little cameras.
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#12 Erwin Landau

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Posted 24 April 2004 - 01:33 AM

I saw the picture of Garrett & Kelly in Tim's NAB report


That would be Melanie and not Kelly.

And I dought that Kelly would still advertise for a compeating Company...


And it looks exactly like the Prototype Arm, The grey Color let's it look "beefier"...


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#13 Mitch Gross

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Posted 24 April 2004 - 10:07 AM

That would be Melanie and not Kelly.

Duh, and I met her last year. Shows what happens when I write in late at night after calming the baby.
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#14 Jerry Holway

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Posted 24 April 2004 - 12:19 PM

Actually it's better than the prototype.. little changes here and there... incredibly free. Performs as well as or better than any arm ever made at any price.

4 to 15 lbs payload, real ability to adjust for your body (same type of adjustements as big boys, and you can mount the Flyer socket block to your current vest) - and, of course, tool free adjustments of weight carrying capacity and of arm angle.

Also, the Flyer itself is upgraded from the Mini in several ways: new, very nice 16x9 monitor, .75 diameter post, better gimbal, proper yoke. Better vest. $6500 with stand, docking bracket, your choice of batteries (but no batts or charger at that price).

But you have to try it to believe it.

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#15 Erik Brul

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Posted 17 April 2005 - 10:19 PM

Hi all,
Hope to enter this in the correct forum, if not.. sorry !

Found some new pictures from the new V35 of Glidecam.. Source is the GlidecamCentral website.

Regards all, Erik
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