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#1 Greg Roth

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Posted 18 January 2008 - 06:44 PM

Hi everybody,

I've been poking around the forums anonymously the last few days and I finally thought I'd register and say hello (and the site wouldn't let me see pictures unless I registered).

Anyway, I'm a current student at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, working to get my bachelors degree in film/video. Drexel's one of a few schools (that I know of) to own a steadicam (two flyers to be exact), and to offer a 10 week class in steadicam operation. I took this class and fell in love within the first 15 minutes. Throughout the past year, (I took this class last winter) I've been able to work on small student films and been fortunate enough to shoot with various camera types (Sony PD170, DVX100, Sony DSR500, JVC 110 (HD), and the Arriflex SR2 (yay film!)).

Well that's about it for my inaugural speech. I look forward to future discussions and/or future meetings with everyone.

-Greg
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Posted 18 January 2008 - 09:01 PM

Hey dude! Welcome!

Feel free to ask as many questions as you want. There is a great wealth of steadicam knowledge here on the site.
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Posted 18 January 2008 - 11:41 PM

Hi everybody,

I've been poking around the forums anonymously the last few days and I finally thought I'd register and say hello (and the site wouldn't let me see pictures unless I registered).

Anyway, I'm a current student at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, working to get my bachelors degree in film/video. Drexel's one of a few schools (that I know of) to own a steadicam (two flyers to be exact), and to offer a 10 week class in steadicam operation. I took this class and fell in love within the first 15 minutes. Throughout the past year, (I took this class last winter) I've been able to work on small student films and been fortunate enough to shoot with various camera types (Sony PD170, DVX100, Sony DSR500, JVC 110 (HD), and the Arriflex SR2 (yay film!)).

Well that's about it for my inaugural speech. I look forward to future discussions and/or future meetings with everyone.

-Greg

Good Lord,
a University that offers Steadicam . . . . .f!@#$% awesome

Greg . . . . Take that opportunity and use the hell out of it because todays technology is allowing you all kinds of advantages that all of us "older types" only dreamt about

Get on the horn with the Universities Dean and tell them you need a Red Camera next . . . .LOL . . .

All the best Fly Safe
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#4 Brian Freesh

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Posted 18 January 2008 - 11:45 PM

Sweet Greg, I thought my old school was the only one that owned and taught a steadicam, good to hear there are others out there, it's such a great learning opportunity for those of us silly enough to think Film school iisn't a total waste of time.

Good luck with school, see ya out in the "reall world"

(which by the way is a farce. That's just to scare you, it doesn't actually exist)

Brian |-)~
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#5 Afton Grant

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Posted 19 January 2008 - 01:05 AM

That's impressive. I hadn't ever heard about Steadicam being an integrated part of any college curriculum. Very unique. Greg, who is the instructor(s)?
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#6 Brian Freesh

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Posted 19 January 2008 - 03:56 AM

Can't speak for Greg, but my old school, the Savannah College of Art and Design has been teaching Steadicam since the mid-90s when they bought an EFP. In 2003 they bought an Ultra which is what I was taught on. Eventually the EFP was sold to a former student. The instructor's name is John Drop, he's been teaching at the school since the beginning of the Film/Television Dept (at the time just the Video Dept) around 1989. Before that he lived in LA. I believe his introduction to Steadicam came from working at a rental house. They bought one or two and trained him to use it so he could help customers. He probably operated for a few years, I know not to what success. He's a great teacher, but after someone went to a workshop it turned out some of his experience was outdated. He adapted easily of course and all is well.

I was unaware that any other school was teaching it, it's great to hear. Greg, you mentioned there are other schools you know of that teach it, which schools? It's a fantastic skill to learn in school if you can afford to purchase one after. A lot of people took the class out of interest, but only a very few pursued it after class, which was great cause the three (on average) of us got to do a lot of student projects.

Greg, do as many student films as you can get your hands on, the more the better. You are in a great position. I miss being able to take out a rig without putting money into it. Though granted I wasn't making money off it either.

Brian |-)~
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#7 Greg Roth

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Posted 19 January 2008 - 01:52 PM

Get on the horn with the Universities Dean and tell them you need a Red Camera next . . . .LOL . . .


I heard some mention about getting one, but who really knows since the waiting list is like a million miles long.

That's impressive. I hadn't ever heard about Steadicam being an integrated part of any college curriculum. Very unique. Greg, who is the instructor(s)?


The instructor I had is David Schwartz. He teaches other film classes all the while staying active in the industry. He mostly works out of Philadelphia.
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