Paul Taylor Workshop - Rockport, MAINE
Posted 04 September 2008 - 09:58 AM
I am flying up there in a little over a week for the September class and I'm extremely excited.
Posted 04 September 2008 - 04:07 PM
I had private tuition from Paul many years ago and have been to other workshops in Rockport many times. First off I think you will have a blast with Paul, he is a great instructor and operator.
A few tips:
-Always keep in mind that when he gets firm about the proper execution of a certain technique he is trying to get your motor skills to turn into muscle memory, which will benefit your career for many years to come.
-Do not do anything that he does not instruct or supervise for you to do, like running or step offs.
-Wear, dark comfortable clothes with very solid grip shoes.
-Before you leave goto: www.steadishots.org and watch a lot of scenes. When you return goto: www.steadishots.org and watch a lot of scenes.
-No Pain no gain does not work for steadicam. You can expect your lower back to get sore but if there is pain....STOP!!!
-Rockport can get rainy, have rain gear with you.
-Don?t just stick with the larger rigs, a clipper or an ultra might be heavier but because of their mass they are more stable. You will find that a flyer will be a lot more harder to control due to its light weight, not as many options as the bigger rigs for static/dynamic balance and is effected by external elements a lot easier then the its bigger brothers. It's great for practice and honing your skills.
-You learn a lot in the workshops from other peoples mistakes, watch very carefully when other people are operating. Listen to how Paul corrects them.
-Paul usually does a long shot in the middle of the week where he choreographs a large scene (last year it was the re-creation of bjorks music video.) I would volunteer first as usually only one person gets to shoot that.
Hope this helps, enjoy your week.
Posted 04 September 2008 - 08:45 PM
I really appreciate all the helpful tips and I'm also glad to hear that you enjoyed yourself in the past and that Paul is a good guy.
I know I will have a blast and will probably tell everyone here about it when I get back.
Posted 08 September 2008 - 12:16 PM