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#1 Alan Dague-Greene

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Posted 21 January 2008 - 10:51 PM

Hi everyone, thought I'd introduce myself here. I'm a new operator, coming from the home-built world, and recently having taken the plunge into a brand new Archer. My life changed five years ago when I stepped out of the theater after seeing Russian Ark and knew what I wanted to do.

If I had skipped the DIY stage, I would have saved enough money to also buy a BFD with motor, a Modulus 3000, a few miles of velcro, and about 25 of those metal pipe steddi-kams they sell on eBay. But then, I wouldn't have learned as much about how and why things work the way they do. Money (and time) well spent.

Ops are a rare breed here in Colorado, there are only a few of us. For now, it's still just an expensive hobby of mine, but hopefully I can turn it into something more. Maybe even before those interest-free credit card offers expire.

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#2 Erik Brul

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Posted 22 January 2008 - 01:19 AM

Hi Alan,

Feel welcome here on this board with enormous amount of very usefull information !

Best, Erik

oops.. you did already some posting last year :)
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#3 Afton Grant

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Posted 22 January 2008 - 08:39 AM

Hey Alan! Nice to see you here.

For everyone that may not know, Alan has been a great contributor of shots to SteadiShots. There are a handful of people that regularly send me shots for posting on the site, and Alan has always been consistently good. I'll thank and welcome him here publicly.

Best Regards,
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Posted 22 January 2008 - 09:28 AM

Welcome Alan, there is an operator out there named Chris Jones. A really nice guy and would probably be more that happy to help you out if you needed it. You should look him up.

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#5 Charles Papert

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Posted 22 January 2008 - 11:09 AM

Congrats on the new rig Alan!

I might be out there again end of month for another commercial, maybe this time we can say hello in person if schedule permits.
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#6 Jerry Holway

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Posted 22 January 2008 - 11:26 AM

Just so everyone knows, Alan is the creator of the wonderful video for the Pilot.

see it here: http://www.steadicam...otVideoCode.htm

He also took the SOA workshop and did great and is a nice guy to boot.

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Posted 22 January 2008 - 01:20 PM

Congrats Alan on the new rig and your dedication! If you're ever in Las Vegas give me a call.

There is one page missing in the instruction manual for the Archer and other new rigs; it's the section explaining how as the owner of a new rig you need to budget for the mandatory and all important round of drinks for everyone here :blink:

All the best!
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Posted 22 January 2008 - 05:38 PM

Congrats Alan on the new rig and your dedication! If you're ever in Las Vegas give me a call.

There is one page missing in the instruction manual for the Archer and other new rigs; it's the section explaining how as the owner of a new rig you need to budget for the mandatory and all important round of drinks for everyone here :blink:

All the best!

Ya Know that round of drinks cost me almost as much as my rig . . .LOL . . .

That Starling can put away alot of booze !

If your interested a friend of mine is an Op in Boulder and may have some info for ya

Chris Jones,
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chris@dakar101.com

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#9 Alan Dague-Greene

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Posted 22 January 2008 - 10:57 PM

Thanks for the welcoming words, everyone! As far as I am from either coast, it will be a while before I can get around to buying people drinks, so I'll start saving now.

I have been in regular contact with Chris, he's a great guy and has given me a lot of advice, as have many on this board. I've been meaning to go see his recent work in One Missed Call.

And Afton, just so you know, I had to cut some expenses and cancel my Netflix, so my Steadishots contributor status could accurately be described as "former", I'm afraid. I still had about 85 movies in the queue.

Alan "something witty in quotes" Dague-Greene
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#10 Kevin Packer

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Posted 23 January 2008 - 12:05 AM

Hey Alan,

Congratulations on the new rig! I know for sure you'll put it to good use.
Also, I thoroughly enjoyed the pilot video, really really cool especially the last line, amazing.

Good luck with the new rig!


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#11 Jess Haas SOC

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Posted 23 January 2008 - 01:33 AM

Thanks for the welcoming words, everyone! As far as I am from either coast, it will be a while before I can get around to buying people drinks, so I'll start saving now.


I am going to be in Boulder the beginning of February for a 3 day steadicam workshop if you feel like buying someone a drink ;-) Or I could buy you one.

~Jess
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#12 Dave Bittner

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Posted 23 January 2008 - 08:25 AM

Love the video! Welcome to the group.

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#13 chris fawcett

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Posted 23 January 2008 - 08:28 AM

Congratulations, Alan. I wish you much fun and success with your new rig.

Chris
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#14 James Elias

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Posted 24 January 2008 - 06:24 AM

Alan:

Best of luck with the Archer!

Your Pilot video is bloody fantastic, very nicely done.

regards
- James
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#15 Alan Dague-Greene

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Posted 26 January 2008 - 05:09 PM

Thanks again to everyone. I had my first live concert shoot with the Archer last night, tethered. I would have liked to move around the stage more, but you know, there's that whole ... audience ... thing.

Jess, I'll be at the Boulder workshop, too. I'll probably be the one running out to pick up lunch for everyone. Does that count as buying a drink? Didn't think so. See you there!
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