Posted 09 November 2008 - 02:12 AM
Posted 09 November 2008 - 07:36 AM
Peter is a great instructor. $500 well spent.
My advice would be to buy the Steadicam Pilot for around $4000. I think this is the best rig for HD cameras up to 8 pounds (e.g. Sony EX1, Panasonic HVX200, Canon XH-A1, etc.). All of the skills you learn on the Pilot apply directly to the heavy rigs, so it's a great way to learn. In fact, because the Pilot is so light, it forces you to have a really light touch. If you decide to buy a big rig later, the Pilot will still be valuable for shoots with smaller cameras. The Pilot is light enough to use for hours at a time. This makes it possible to do run-and-gun type stuff with a Steadicam, which opens up some new possibilities.
If you decide to go for a big rig, you'll want the 5-day Steadicam workshop for $3000. These workshops are held less often and in fewer places, so travel and hotel costs would be significant. A good steadicam capable of lifting heavy cameras will cost you $20K - $65K. You'll also need to buy a wireless follow focus/iris system, HD to SD down-converter, wireless video transmitter, wireless video monitor(s), lots of custom cables, light hardware for mounting things, plus cases and a cart to move it all around. All of that will add another $10K - $15K.
Hope this helps.
Posted 09 November 2008 - 08:41 AM
welcome on the forum. If you just type "workshops" in the search tab you'll find plenty of infos as this question has been addressed many times in the past.