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The following section is general information for all workshops:
The Steadicam Operators Association conducts the world’s best Steadicam workshops 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. There is at least one Steadicam and one experienced instructor/operator for each group of four participants. The minimum number of participants is eight, the maximum is twenty for this workshop.
All levels of Steadicam operating are accommodated.
Cost for the workshop is $6250.00 (US), which includes instruction, equipment, 3x meals, snacks. and lodging.
**PLEASE NOTE: THE INITIAL DEPOSIT IS NON-REFUNDABLE.
THE BALANCE PAYMENT WILL BE REQUIRED 2 MONTHS BEFORE THE START OF THE WORKSHOP.
IF YOUR SCHEDULE CHANGES, PLEASE CONTACT US DIRECTLY NO LESS THAN 1 MONTH FROM THE START OF YOUR WORKSHOP TO WORK OUT A SOLUTION. IN MOST CASES WE ARE ABLE TO MOVE YOUR WORKSHOP SEAT TO A FUTURE DATE AS LONG AS WE ARE MADE AWARE OF THE SITUATION WELL IN ADVANCE.
IF YOU DO POSTPONE YOUR WORKSHOP, WE CANNOT GUARANTEE ANY ORIGINAL PRICING FROM THE TIME OF YOUR DEPOSIT!
ANY CANCELLATIONS INSIDE OF ONE MONTH PRIOR TO WORKSHOP START CANNOT BE REFUNDED NOR CREDITED (CASE BY CASE BASIS IF YOU CONTACT US DIRECTLY).**
Hotel lodging is INCLUDED in the total price and there is nothing you need to do to book your stay. We have amazing corporate contracts for group rates at all our partner hotels for the duration of our workshops. When not hosted by a partner brand, we have negotiated group lodging rates with our venue host. Upon completion of your workshop balance payment, you will be given a unique confirmation number for your room, which is already paid and booked.
It is strongly suggested that you arrive the day before your workshop starts; most week-long workshops start on Sunday, so Saturday arrival is best. Your Saturday check-in is included in the price. It is also strongly suggested that you check out the following Saturday after the week of instruction. This Saturday morning check-out is also included in the price. At the absolute least, you should stay until the event completes on Friday night so you don't miss the most important part of the week.
Students are responsible for their own transportation to / from the workshop and any subsequent lodging.
If you need help with transportation, please contact us directly and we will be happy to help. Additionally, when all attendees for the workshop have finalized all booking requirements, we will communicate as a group to coordinate ride shares and other info.
If you need help with travel arrangements, including flights, rental cars, excursions, or extended stays, please utilize our Travel Agent services at Terra Mar Travel by contacting Mary Ann Mari at firstname.lastname@example.org. These services are made available through your workshop registration. Some additional fees may apply.
You are not required to own any equipment. We will supply all the equipment for training at the workshop.
If you own your own vest, we encourage you to bring and use it. This will aid in getting you acclimated and properly fitted to your personal vest, which is the most important connection of the system to your body. Some vests may require us to swap out the socket block in order to work, which we can provide. If you decide to bring your own vest, please let us know and tell us which brand it is so we can allocate inventory in case we need to swap out your socket block.
If you own your own complete system it is best to leave it at home (besides the vest). With that being said, if you would like to bring your system in for an evaluation, we are happy to do so and give you a consult on the gear, but will discourage you or anyone else from using it while at the workshop. You MUST have your own personal insurance for the rig.We will not put your rig in practice rotation due to liability issues. We will not be held responsible or liable for your personal system or anything that happens to it while at the workshop. If you bring your complete system, you do so at your own risk. If you are looking for an evaluation on your kit, your best bet would be to bring photos and a schedule (inventory list) of your equipment.
Just some of the Topics covered during the Steadicam workshop:
The physical science of Steadicam - physiology, kinesiology, mind and body care, and maintenance
Physical principles - vest, arm and sled
Balancing the Steadicam - the Physics of both static and dynamic balance
Inertial control and augmentation
Long Mode (ultra high and ultra low modes)
Shooting from vehicles - hard and soft mounts
Crane step on / step off (depending on weather)
Right and left side operating
Aids to navigation
Zoom and focus control
Video transmission and reception
New equipment and prototypes
Best business practices
At the end of the course, a very complex shot is designed as a final test. Each operator is filmed as they do the shot. Both the recorded shot and the video of the operator are reviewed.
Workshop participants should be in good health and free of any physical problems. Participants should be able to lift 50lbs. or more without any physical limitations or issues. As always, if you are unsure of your participation, please consult your doctor.
Using a Steadicam properly does not hurt your back - it gently makes it stronger and it also improves posture.
There are several successful operators who weigh less than 110 lbs, and operators who weigh nearly three times that.
Good shoes should be worn every day that allow for athletic movement and tactile feedback of the ground and terrain.
Clothing should be layered, as we work both outside and inside and the weather can be quite warm or cold.
Workshop participants with special dietary needs or other special requests should notify us in advance.
Participants who wish to bring their own Steadicam equipment should also notify us in advance.