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#1 Mike Braaten

Mike Braaten


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Posted 15 October 2008 - 02:02 PM

Hello Everyone~
I've been lurking for a couple months; thought I'd introduce myself. Three weeks ago I dropped the bulk of my savings built over five years as a camera utility/gaffer on reality shows into a brand-new Steadicam Archer. It's a great rig. It's been slow going from simply conditioning myself to the weight of the rig, finding the best vest configuration and learning dynamic balance.

That last one was a big stumbling block and I'm so grateful to the experienced ops on here for their guidance, to which I turned time and again in my quest for a usable pan! I just shot my first student short as DP/Steadi Op and I'm pleased with the results.

Still a ways to go before I'm making the big shows (not to mention making back the money I dropped on the rig!), but as long as I know where to find the answers to my problems I feel confident in my future as a steadi guy! Thank you all!
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