The Bronze Workshop is a two day workshop designed to get beginners to Steadicam operating in the shortest possible time. During the Bronze Workshop we use the smaller rigs, like the new Steadicam AERO, and cover the training objectives of the Tiffen Steadicam Short Course syllabus. Larger rigs are present at the Bronze Workshop so operators can become acquainted with the heavyweight systems. Click the Bronze icon to learn more or register to attend a workshop.
The Silver Workshop is a three day workshop designed to get beginners to Steadicam operating in the shortest possible time but often also attended by operators with some Steadicam experience. During the Silver Workshop we use the smaller camera rigs, like the new Steadicam AERO, and cover the training objectives of the Tiffen Steadicam Short Course syllabus. The main difference between the Silver and Bronze workshops is length of time, with the longer Silver workshops affording more time for instruction. Larger rigs are present at the Silver Workshop so operators can become acquainted with the heavyweight systems. Click the Silver icon to learn more or register to attend a workshop.
The Gold Workshop is a 5 1/2 day total immersion experience for students from raw beginners to experienced operators wishing to improve their techniques. During the Gold Workshop we use the bigger rigs, like the Steadicam Archer, Shadow, and M-1, and cover the training objectives of the Tiffen Steadicam Long Course syllabus. Click the Gold icon to learn more or register to attend a workshop.
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The Steadicam Operators Association conducts Steadicam workshops twice a year in a small village about an hour west of Philadelphia.
The workshop gives each participant ample practical and theoretical experience to begin working professionally, plus the mental tools needed to meet future challenges, as well as exercises and shots to practice after completing the course.
In this unique and intense advanced Steadicam workshop students will learn to interpret a script in visual terms based on the director’s vision, the DP’s requirements and the editor’s needs. They will learn the “language of Steadicam” and how to properly employ it to produce riveting images that enhance the narrative.
Garrett Brown is best known as the Oscar-winning inventor of the Steadicam®. He has operated Steadicam on nearly 100 movies including Rocky, The Shining, and Return of the Jedi. Garrett holds 50 patents worldwide for devices which include the Steadicam Merlin, a smaller, handheld Steadicam for camcorders; Skycam, the robot camera that flies on wires over sporting events; and Mobycam, Divecam, Flycam et al that pursue athletes worldwide. His new zeroG technology “floats” tools and reduces workplace injuries. In past lives Garrett has recorded for MGM as a folksinger (www.BrownandDana.com), sold Volkswagens, directed TV commercials and made films for Sesame Street, and his voice was the other half of that well-known ad-lib duo on radio for Molson and American Express (www.TwoVoices.com*). He is a member of the American Society of Cinematographers, the Directors Guild, the Screen Actors Guild and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Garrett has just been inducted into the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame. Check Garrett’s website for more information: www.garrettcam.com
Jerry Holway got his first taste of filmmaking at the age of five when Margaret Mead came to his house in Connecticut and tested out her Bolex on him before heading off to the South Seas…. Jerry made his first 16 mm film in high school, ended up with a film degree from Cornell University, and started making documentary films before graduating. For several years Jerry worked on documentaries, industrials, and political spots, and earned a Master’s degree from Northwestern University. Jerry learned how to operate a Steadicam in 1982 while he was teaching filmmaking at Penn State. Several years later Jerry left teaching to become a freelance camera operator, specializing in Steadicam. In 1991, Garrett Brown invented – and with Jerry, developed – Skyman™, the first of several low-tech “flying Steadicam on a wire” devices that Jerry owns. Jerry has been the head instructor at over 100 Steadicam workshops since 1990 (Philadelphia, Malibu, Scandinavia, Atlanta, Istanbul, to name a few) and is the author of the Steadicam Workbook, The Steadicam EFP Manual and Videotape, The Steadicam Ultra manual, and The Dynamic Balance Primer, and The Steadicam Operator’s Handbook. Jerry also wrote many articles for and was the editor and publisher of The Steadicam Letter.
Chris Fawcett is a Steadicam Operator and Cinematographer with 30 years of broadcast and film experience. He was trained on the streets of Belfast, graduating from AC to Camera Operator for BBC Newsnight. In 1998, he became a film and TV documentary DP, shooting mountaineering footage on Aconcagua at 7,000 meters. In 2003, a passion for camera movement led him to Steadicam. He now specializes in the aesthetics of camera movement, filming and teaching worldwide. His feature film, Let Each One Go Where He May—a series of 10 ten-minute continuous Steadicam takes, shot in the heart of the Amazon Rainforest—won Best Film at 5 international film festivals, attracting high praise for his cinematography. Chris is the author of Steadicam Posture, co-inventor of the Steadiseg, the 3rd generation Steadicam Segway, and inventor of the Exovest, an exoskeletal support harness for Steadicam.
Robin Thwaites originally qualified as a photographer at what is now Richmond upon Thames College, near London and followed this education working in various studios. He moved to become involved with a major motion picture manufacturer and rental house where he first became involved with Steadicam®. He was involved in organizing the first major Steadicam® Workshop in the UK in 1987 with the late Ted Churchill as lead instructor. Since then, Robin has been instrumental in creating multiple workshop formats for the UK and EU and has participated as both joint instructor and technical advisor for Tiffen at affiliated workshops such as the workshops hosted by the Steadicam® Operators Association.
Rebecca (Bex) has been shooting professionally in New Zealand since the 1980’s. She attended Garrett Brown and Jerry Holway’s 2002 US workshop and has been a working Steadicam Operator ever since. Her experience includes live television such as ‘Dancing with the Stars’, Live Sports, ‘World of Wearable Art’ Awards, Official Public Engagements, Film Premieres, Concerts and much more. Bex instructed alongside Garrett and Jerry at the Australian and Malaysian Gold workshops in 2011/2012 and while she enjoys working locally, she loves instructing and is looking forward to leading many more workshops. She is passionate about the craft of Steadicam and thrives on seeing the progress and success of her students.
To operate the Steadicam is like doing a dance, structured but with finesse and yet able to tell a story. Although Zhong Wei is not a dancer by nature, with Steadicam he is able to move together as if he is one with the camera. Zhong’s interest in the art of the moving camera sparked in 2009. Being technically eloquent with various camera formats, Zhong Wei is able to perform to his fullest potential even in the most demanding situations. Based in Singapore, he has collaborated with Directors and DPs both locally and internationally including work in areas such as Taiwan, China, Malaysia, the United States and the United Kingdom. As a firm believer of education, Zhong Wei has been an instructor on several Tiffen Steadicam-accredited workshops since 2013. Being fluent in a few languages including English, Chinese and Cantonese, has brought Zhong to the Philippines and China to instruct in the Steadicam Bronze and Silver workshops, educating and inspiring many other Steadicam operators alike.
Evan Barthelman grew up on the coast of Maine with cameras in his hands, making still photographs and super8 movies when he was a kid. He got his professional start at PBS in 1996, practicing all aspects of TV production while making nightly news programs, documentaries and nature shows. Evan moved to Los Angeles on April Fools Day, 1999 and has been operating camera for television shows, music videos, live TV, documentaries and feature films. Most of which you’ve probably never seen, but they were all fun adventures. Covering the automotive world for car manufacturers, magazine shows and niche networks for many years, Evan has traveled throughout the US and Europe making moving pictures of vehicles of all sizes and shapes. Adding Steadicam to his repertoire in 2004 opened the door to create boundless, smooth, seamless shots without the limitations of track or the clumsiness of bigger gear. Evan has been co-instructing Steadicam workshops since 2009 and he is also the author of the operating manuals for the Steadicam M-1, Steadimate and AERO.
Katerina Kallergis has been a New York based Steadicam owner and operator since 2009. She has honed and crafted her skill in various genres, including television. Some of her broadcast work includes the 2015 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and live concerts with Usher, Lauryn Hill, Deadmau5, Lady Gaga, Keith Urban and more. Since 2014, Katerina has enjoyed to share her knowledge of the broadcast and live music worlds to those interested in pursuing the career at the Steadicam Workshops.
This 1990 classic video is still the best and most complete Steadicam training tape ever made, and all of it is relevant to today’s Steadicam models.
Digitally re-mastered from the original 1″ tape and formatted for DVD for exceptional clarity.
Master Steadicam teachers and operators Ted Churchill and Jerry Holway narrate and demonstrate basic and advanced techniques, exercises and concepts. From set up and balancing, to the adjustments to the arm and vest, line dances, stairs, pass-bys, hard and soft mount vehicle work, low mode, safety issues, using long lenses and the role of the operator – it’s all included.
To Purchase, call Tiffen at 1-800-645-2522
Item Code; DVD-200504
By Jerry Holway and Laurie Hayball
Camera operators and video enthusiasts around the globe are seeking the training and information they need to successfully use the Steadicam®, the most versatile and exciting tool for moving a motion picture or a video camera. For the first time available outside of workshops, The Steadicam® Operator’s Handbook illuminates all aspects of Steadicam operating in one comprehensive package. With over 1300 full-color photos, it’s the granddaddy how-to and why-to book for the amateur, semi-pro, and professional video workshops 2017.
To Purchase, call Tiffen at 1-800-645-2522
Item Code; LIT-900001