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#1 Joel San Juan SOC

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Posted 28 January 2009 - 08:50 PM

Hi everyone, am extremely new here and have immediately learnt a great deal looking thru the pages. My name is Joel, a camera operator for both film and hd, based in Singapore. Please do visit my site www.joelsanjuan.t35.com for some reference to what I have been up to the past year. Comments are happily welcomed ;)

My application for the Classic Steadicam Workshop has finally gone thru and there's a whole lot of excitement that am experiencing waiting for March to happen. Can't wait to learn and be in the presence of those great operators! Which brings to mind some questions I hope you guys won't mind answering.

1. Are there particular exercises I should be concentrating more at the gym in preparation for the course? Or maybe you guys can recommend a routine to help build up the main muscles? How about even sharing your own routine?

2. A bulk of my work deals with the ARRI 16 and 35 cams and more recently Panasonic HD cams. I also cover a fair bit of travel documentary. Hence I would like to know from the veterans' experiences, what would suit my job scope best? The PRO looks really attractive at the moment but was also thinking of a used Steadicam Master. I won't be able to afford either in time for the course but knowing what is recommended can help me start planning and saving up for one.

Thanks again for such an awesome website and hoping to learn more as we go along.

Warmest Regards
Joel San Juan
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#2 Dave Gish

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Posted 29 January 2009 - 12:45 AM

1. Are there particular exercises I should be concentrating more at the gym in preparation for the course? Or maybe you guys can recommend a routine to help build up the main muscles? How about even sharing your own routine?

http://www.steadicam...?showtopic=9074
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#3 Joel San Juan SOC

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Posted 29 January 2009 - 03:07 AM

Thanks Dave, didn't see that thread earlier ;)

Cheers
J.
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#4 Brant S. Fagan SOC

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Posted 29 January 2009 - 09:39 AM

Joel--

With regard to your impending Steadicam rig purchase, you may wish to consider one thought: Get what you can afford and upgrade as you have the cash and the jobs.

Try and find the best package for what work you know you will face in the first several years. Remember, the accessories are what makes the system work with different camera systems and will eventually end up costing the most compared to the initial rig purchase.

Plan for one, two, three and five years out as you gain experience and knowledge about what works for you and your work.

A good exercise for Workshop prep is get your hands on a little Steadicam, like a JR, and make your fingers do the work and finesse; these skills will pay off big time when you get into a full size rig. If you want to exercise your lower back muscles, fill a backpack with around 10-15 kilos and wear that while working the hand skills.

Good luck.

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#5 Joel San Juan SOC

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Posted 29 January 2009 - 11:25 AM

Hi Brant,

That's for the invaluable feedback! Will try to break up the plan to a 1 to 2 to 5 yr plan as suggested.
Will keep the bag idea in mind. Thanks again

Regards
J.

Edited by Joel San Juan, 29 January 2009 - 11:26 AM.

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