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#1 Leslie Frid

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Posted 08 March 2007 - 10:04 PM

Hello All,

My name is Leslie and I am an aspiring steadicam operator. I bought a Glidecam V-20 with a grant that I got from my college and I really would like to take some workshops. I live out in Montana, so there aren't very many operators that I know about that live out here. So I'm pretty much on my own. Should I go to the Glidecam specific workshops or the Steadicam ones with my V-20? What do you recommend?

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#2 Robert Starling SOC

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Posted 09 March 2007 - 12:51 AM

Should I go to the Glidecam specific workshops or the Steadicam ones with my V-20? What do you recommend?


There was a similar thread recently you should read that can give you some insight on your question:

http://www.steadicam...amp;hl=workshop
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#3 Leslie Frid

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Posted 09 March 2007 - 01:12 AM

Thank you so much for pointing out that thread to me. I really appreciate it. Hopefully I'll be on my way to a workshop soon! :)

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#4 Erwin Landau

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Posted 09 March 2007 - 04:20 AM

Hi Leslie,

You did the first right step... you decided to take a workshop...

I'm sure (at least I hope) that the Glidecam workshop is based on the same principles as all the steadicam workshops. But if you are really serious about making a carrier out of steadicam operating, I would suggest to get in contact and learn from people that have been working from day one on the noble instrument.

I did my first workshop with Cinema Products in Malibu and have taken several more with GPI-PRO. The only down point I could see taking the Steadicam workshop over the Glidecam one would be, that you would realize how much more advanced the high end rigs are compared to Glidecam... and there is a reason for that... What was the last major Motion picture to be shot with a Gold?

That means that your contacts with the Glidecam team would be some what limited... Taking one of the Steadicam workshops will introduce you to well known and renown operators with an average of 20 plus years of operating experience in the big league... And if you take any of the Tiffen workshops, the chance is very good that you will meet Garrett and learn from the man himself... what a treat and hell is he funny... and has stories... and new ideas... (First and last rule of film making... networking!)

If you're in the US there are only a couple of workshops that I possibly could recommend in no particular order (I just feel that a week long boot camp like workshop makes more sense for beginners as the weekend ones are more to brush up and improve on learned basics):

Any Tiffen or Tiffen sponsored Workshop like Malibu/Arrowhead or Peter Abraham's Flyer workshop etc.
The SOA Rockport workshop
The PRO workshop from GPI

Just my 2 cents, check the archives about workshops, I don't believe that the Glidecam one is very high on anybodies list. It doesn't matter with which brand you will end up... but learn from the best!

Hope that helped.

Good Luck,


Erwin
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#5 Andrew Gibbins

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Posted 09 March 2007 - 06:16 PM

Hello All,

My name is Leslie and I am an aspiring steadicam operator. I bought a Glidecam V-20 with a grant that I got from my college and I really would like to take some workshops. I live out in Montana, so there aren't very many operators that I know about that live out here. So I'm pretty much on my own. Should I go to the Glidecam specific workshops or the Steadicam ones with my V-20? What do you recommend?

Leslie


What a great college :D I like the look of the Glidecam range. I wish mine would give me a grant (I did ask)! Best of luck Leslie.
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#6 Charles King

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Posted 10 March 2007 - 07:05 AM

Leslie regardless of which workshop you choose, you've done the right thing. At least you will be on your way. I've taken a glidecam workshop for my first time and I am planning on taken a Steadicam workshop soon. Like what Erwin said about learning from the industry standard, you'll get a lot of feel of some of the big rigs and how they behave. Yes, you can always tell, by just strapping on the rig or system and you will certainly tell the difference immediately from other mid-level rigs.
But don't worry, you were given a chance by your college, lucky guy, now you can definitely put it to good use :)
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