Introduction – A broad outline of the planned training
Steadicam is now a commonly used tool within the film and television industry however requires training and practice in order to produce good results. More than just a stabilizer, as a shooting system it is able to provide an individual style to the production often greatly desired by producers and directors. Additionally complex moving scenes can be not only quicker to shoot but also more dramatic adding pace and dimension to the shot.
The Tiffen International Steadicam Workshop is a unique opportunity for working camera operators to learn the use and application of Steadicam within the film and television world. The workshop is very much hands-on with plenty of practical time actually wearing and using the system.
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. We use the larger rigs from the Zephyr up to the M-Series and base the workshop around the Tiffen Steadicam Short Course syllabus. This covers all basic techniques and looks at blocking out shots, compositional aspects and timing. We are also incorporating the Steadicam Volt into the syllabus. The workshop is non-residential but a light working lunch is provided.
The aim of this training programme is to provide the necessary skills and background for a working camera operator to make use of a Steadicam system to best effect and safely.
The course approach is a combination of hands on and instructor driven however always kept very practical and relevant.
On completion of the training programme the participants will be able to:
- Assemble the Steadicam and fit camera and all accessories.
- Understand the principles of operation of a Steadicam.
- Balance the system correctly including dynamic balance.
- Put on and adjust the operators vest for best fit.
- Adjust the suspension arm for the camera weight.
- Understand rest positions.
- Start and stop smoothly.
- Post pan sled.
- Body pan sled.
- Track shooting sideways.
- Circle the subject.
- Walk forward shoot back.
- Switch forward and back.
- Handle actor sitting and standing from a chair.
- Tackle steps and stairs.
- Handle corners and corridors to best advantage.
- Change to low mode.
- Understand blocking out a shot.
- Have knowledge of working in adverse conditions.
- Communicate with clients and directors.
This is by no means an exhaustive list and there will be many other skills and techniques passed on during the course of the workshop.
Assessment and Certification System
Participant assessment is via continuous monitoring and appraisal over the workshop followed by test piece. This is followed by group discussion. There can be no strict pass/fail situation as the ability to use Steadicam can only be acquired with much practice after the workshop however it is expected that all students will attain a reasonable standard for their personal degree of experience during the course.
Participants may be anyone interested in developing the skills to use Steadicam who has previous camera operating experience.
All equipment will be current model Tiffen Steadicam product except where third party manufactured equipment is required as support. For the Silver this will include: Steadicam M1; Shadow; Archer2-SPV; Zephyr. We have also incorporated the new Steadicam Volt into the syllabus. We have a range of Vests and arms available to use.
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