Where to begin...
Posted 20 April 2004 - 07:50 AM
As a complete novice operator I have about a million questions. Rather than lump them on you in a heap, I have cunningly decided slip them to you one by one.
I am going to be using a Steadicam for a specific function. It is an EFP rig that I'll be flying both indoors and out, shooting live action. My friend has generously lent me the rig, which is not exactly new, and is going to need a bit of restoration work. We are working on a pilot show, and if we get a series my plan is to put together my own rig. In the meantime I am happily working with what I have. Unsurprisingly, I have a limited budget for repairs, and so here, finally, is the question: what should I spend money on at this early stage in the game?
1) A new vest. I have a very slight build, and I am sure the EFP vest is not fitting me as well as it could.
2) A workshop. I am a total rookie, but the friend who is lending me the EFP is a great cameraman, and at least a competent Steadicam operator. I could get him to show me around for free, or I could invest $2g and a week of time to do the SOA course in PA. Bear in mind that we will be using the rig for a very specific function (ENG style live action) and that at the present my time is spread very thin.
3) A greenscreen monitor. The current monitor is not very bright. We're going to be shooting outside a lot. I can get a hood for the existing monitor, but maybe I need something stiffer.
4) Perhaps something entirely different that I haven't even thought of.
Your advice is valuable to me, and I appreciate this great resource.
Posted 20 April 2004 - 06:00 PM
Posted 20 April 2004 - 07:40 PM
Also, anytime you have the opportunity to watch other good operators at work is highly recommended. Having been an A.C. for 6 years, and a D.P./Operator for the last 9 years, I have had the good fortune of being in a position to meet, make friends with and watch many great steadicam operators doing their thing before getting serious about steadicam myself. I can honestly say that I have learned something valuable from every single steadicam operator I have had the pleasure of knowing and working with.
Posted 25 April 2004 - 06:20 AM
With that experience you'll feel much more confident and a lot less pain, without it the learning curve isn't just steep, it's effing vertical.
As for the EFP vest, it should adjust nicely to your body and won't give you grief, it's very comfortable.
A good monitor is a very worthwile upgrade for the EFP, if you can get it then go for it as the original monitor is...uhm, well how do I put this...total crap...
Peace, Ruben "Trying to fill up every workshop through 2006" Sluijter