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#1 Tally Barr

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Posted 03 October 2007 - 06:07 PM

Hi all-
I'm in the fortunate position of inheriting a Steadicam Flyer from a prod co I worked for that has upgraded to a bigger rig and doesn't use this one anymore. I'm a writer/producer by trade but would love to give steadicaming a shot so I took Peter Abrams 2-day flyer class and really dug it. I've spent time practicing and shot some scenes for a soft scripted film but I need to work on building my resume. Can anyone offer some advice on how to get myself out there as a working steadicam op? I'm not picky on gigs, just want some experience under my belt. Was thinking of shooting a demo reel with friends and practical locations but fear it may look to unprofessional. Any suggestions on where to post or look for gigs or any other pearls of wisdom for someone just getting started?

Thanks in advance,
Tally
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#2 Brian Dzyak

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Posted 03 October 2007 - 07:09 PM

I'd look in Dramalogue (available at most corner newstands and Samuel French Bookstores) for student/indy films. They typically have no money to pay anyone so they are happy to have you. You get to practice on someone else's project, so you'll have footage that actually is lit with actors and sets. Just make sure they know that you want copies of your shots.

Also practice on your own as much as possible. A lot of Operators will use small consumer video cameras with added lead so they can practice at home.
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#3 Tally Barr

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Posted 03 October 2007 - 07:31 PM

I'd look in Dramalogue (available at most corner newstands and Samuel French Bookstores) for student/indy films. They typically have no money to pay anyone so they are happy to have you. You get to practice on someone else's project, so you'll have footage that actually is lit with actors and sets. Just make sure they know that you want copies of your shots.

Also practice on your own as much as possible. A lot of Operators will use small consumer video cameras with added lead so they can practice at home.


Great, thanks for the pointers Brian.
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#4 TROYm

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Posted 05 October 2007 - 10:18 AM

Hi all-
I'm in the fortunate position of inheriting a Steadicam Flyer from a prod co I worked for that has upgraded to a bigger rig and doesn't use this one anymore. I'm a writer/producer by trade but would love to give steadicaming a shot so I took Peter Abrams 2-day flyer class and really dug it. I've spent time practicing and shot some scenes for a soft scripted film but I need to work on building my resume. Can anyone offer some advice on how to get myself out there as a working steadicam op? I'm not picky on gigs, just want some experience under my belt. Was thinking of shooting a demo reel with friends and practical locations but fear it may look to unprofessional. Any suggestions on where to post or look for gigs or any other pearls of wisdom for someone just getting started?

Thanks in advance,
Tally


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