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Lisa Sene

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  1. Glad you found a solution that works for you! Lisa
  2. Hi Robert, Having used both a Zephyr vest and an Exovest, I can speak to both. I started out on a Zephyr vest, and now own an Exovest. They are both very different styles, and one is not better than the other - it's simply what works best for you. If you're able to try both out before making a purchase decision, that would benefit you greatly. All the videos Chris shared are brilliant for Exovest explanations. The biggest differences I found between the two vests were (and keep in mind this is me, not everyone): - My stamina increased in the Exovest due to the torque being higher up on my back and distributing the weight of the rig differently across my body. - (This is true for everyone) I walk differently in the Exovest, as Chris explains very well in this video. Summarized - you must let your pelvic bones rise and fall in an Exovest so the vest is working with you, not against you. In a normal vest, you must hold your pelvis level. - I can breathe diaphragmatically (versus accessory breathing, which is not wise in any vest - shallow breathing where your shoulders rise and fall, which can cause all sorts of neck and shoulder problems etc.) much easier in the Exovest, as it does not sit on my lungs whatsoever. I also very much like that it doesn't sit on any organs (no feeling your sandwich right after lunch!) or your spine. - The Exovest is very unforgiving if you are out of form; you want the sled on your centerline, or else you'll feel the vest "collapsing" in one direction due to the weight of the sled pulling too much against the pivot points. Personally I see this as a good thing, because you want to be in good form anyway! On the Zephyr vest, it's easier to get away with being out of form, though because there are no cross-back straps, I found this was easy to feel in that vest as well. Again, try both and see what works for you! Happy flying. Lisa
  3. Hi Dave, I'm not a sound person, so I don't know all the pieces involved, though I would explore how to wirelessly send a signal to a pack you could wear, then use a single-ear earpiece (so you can still hear what's around you - I use this one) to monitor. In the narrative world, Comteks are used often for the same purpose - I use them to hear dialog if the actors are physically too far away to hear and I need to move on a line. Not sure what you'd need to get from point A to point B gear-wise, though I'd try that. As Paulius mentioned, you likely won't be able to change levels (unless it's a live-switched show and you do it while your tally isn't on), though you'll at least know if something is wrong. Happy flying! Lisa
  4. FYI for everyone, the Pennsylvania workshop is May 17th - May 21st, 2020. We are still working out some things with the new website. Thanks for your patience! Lisa
  5. Hi Connor, Having been to several all over the country - yes, people do come from all over the world, though the majority tend to be local. I had the same question when I was deciding between the Pennsylvania SOA or flying out to CA for a Gold. I'm east coast based, so I decided to do the SOA one. The connections I made there are now some of my greatest friends, and we've worked together countless times. Personally, I'd vote staying local. Lisa
  6. Hi Connor, The workshops are one of the most immersive ways to learn Steadicam. I took a Bronze workshop and the SOA workshop as a student, and I've since been an instructor at the SOA, Gold, Silver, and Asbury workshops. You're being taught by people who absolutely love what they do, and their passion comes through in the energy of shots, exercises, and discussions; it's hard not to be inspired and excited to learn. At the SOA workshop especially, a lot of operators show up to help out throughout the week, which gives you many different voices of experiences, perspectives on career paths, and options of how to achieve the same goal. Ask five operators the same question, you'll get five different answers, and that's a good thing! Listen to everyone, apply what works best for you, and make it your own. All the people you'll meet through your workshop are likely future connections for jobs, leads for someone selling used gear, lifelines when gear goes down, sounding boards for working through tough set politics, and if you're lucky, phenomenal friends. In short, the workshops are worth every penny! Lisa
  7. Hi Austin, Reach out directly to some local ops in your area. Rates vary based on location and type of work, and are best discussed offline. Happy flying! Lisa
  8. Hi Tom, I use a front-mounted Exovest, and have only tried the back-mount with the Tiffen x3 arm at NAB briefly. I do remember feeling the weight a bit more in my legs, which I attributed to the common center of gravity of myself and the sled being farther back that what I am used to on a front-mounted vest. Not a feeling of "this is a dealbreaker!", more a noted difference between the two styles. I've never used a Klassen back-mounted vest, so I'm not sure how it compares. I imagine the main difference you'd have to get used to are the pivot points in the Exovest; it is very unforgiving if you are out of form, which I find to be a good thing, as I want to be in good posture anyway! You'll need to walk more regularly, letting your pelvic bones rise and fall, which is the opposite of most vests (actually not sure if this is best for the Klassen or not - again, never tried it) where you want to walk with your pelvis level to eliminate footsteps translating through to your sled. I went with the Exovest because it doesn't sit on any organs or my spine - it only connects with the pelvic bones in the front and back, as well as the shoulders. I find it much easier to breathe diaphragmatically in the Exovest, which helps me with stamina. Hope that helps! Lisa
  9. Hi Andrea, Try contacting Tiffen directly; after a quick search, I don't see anywhere that sells the Volt-specific weights individually. Optionally, buy some thin magnets and use them. Lisa
  10. Hi Stephen, I haven't heard of that workshop specifically, though I can speak to the SOA workshops (click on workshops in the menu) and Tiffen workshops, as I've instructed at both before, and I took the SOA workshop as a student. They are a fantastic way to learn a LOT in a short amount of time, though it's up to you to take what you learn and apply it to your operating practice afterwards. If you're serious about operating and willing to travel, they are worth every penny! Feel free to message me if you'd like more info. If you haven't already, check out The Steadicam Operator's Handbook. Happy flying! Lisa
  11. Adorable! Hope to meet Lillie someday! Lisa
  12. Hi Raphael, In order to achieve both static and dynamic balance with the setup you describe, you'll need to find a way to add some weight to your monitor. You could put a battery bracket on your monitor, and then add a battery to the back. You could also look into smaller weights like these, because they can be moved around to wherever you need them. I'm not sure what mounting options you have on the bottom of that sled, but you could always tape the weights where you need them. Not pretty, but works! I did that for awhile with my Archer 1 sled, which had a fixed monitor bracket (and thus position). Eventually I got a bracket that made sliding the weights along the two bottom rods much easier, and saved me a lot of tape! If you haven't, read the Dynamic Balance Primer on Jerry's website, and check out the section on dynamic balance in the handbook. Happy flying! Lisa
  13. Hi BJ, So far I've only used a Volt in the rain once. We covered it with cut up cap-its draped over the Volt with some excess hanging down over the sides to give the water somewhere to go. We were diligent about drying it off between takes, and going under cover while everything was reset (we were on an E-car doing a stunt scene). Held up great, though we were careful about paying a lot of attention to keeping it dry. Would love to hear what others have done! Lisa
  14. Hi Gabriel, Yes - you'll need a Tiffen socket block on your Pro vest. Lisa
  15. Hi Tommaso, Regardless of your location, insure your gear for the full replacement value, as Bryan mentioned. I don't think Tiffen is selling Clipper sleds anymore, so you would insure for the amount of a new Tiffen sled closest to a Clipper model. My first sled was an Archer 1, and it was insured for the value of an Archer 2. I made a note on the breakdown of gear/values/serial numbers I sent to my insurer that the Archer 1 model was no longer manufactured, and the Archer 2 was the closest available model. Happy flying! Lisa
  16. Hi Nicholas, Multiple pairs for different conditions is the way to go. I typically operate in a semi-flexible running shoe with a somewhat supportive sole that's not too thick so I can still feel my way around. I rotate between several pairs of those throughout the week, and sometimes change at lunch. One pair always lives on the truck as a backup. I also have waterproof sneakers, rain boots, hiking boots, and snow boots. I also just got heated socks that I still have yet to try, and always carry toe warmers. I dabbled in the minimal shoe world (for about a month) and found my feet felt too tired at the end of the day, and I needed a more protective shoe for working outside. Also - always have backup socks! Happy flying. Lisa
  17. Hi Ben, Where are you based? Find some local operators in your area who have been doing it for awhile and ask what they think is fair. Rates are a balancing act based on your location, experience level, what gear you have vs. what production may need to rent separately, and the type of job (i.e. broadcast and narrative are different animals). Find out what the more experienced ops are charging in your area and work towards that, and ask them what they think is a fair rate in the meantime for the different types of jobs. Lisa
  18. Hi Marco, Any new findings? Did it happen to be cold outside? I've seen a Volt misbehave a bit in cold weather, though it typically corrected itself after a quick off/on and realignment. Lisa
  19. The Steadicam Operators Association is expanding the workshop program to include the west coast area this coming February. Dates: February 23rd - 27th Location: Pala Mesa Resort in Temecula, CA More info and RSVP: http://steadicam-ops.com/news/index.php/expanded-soa-workshops/ Any questions, please ask!
  20. Hi Austin, If you're near a rental house that has wheels, get a few friends together who also want to practice and ask the rental house if they will allow a few people to come in and practice for a few hours. It's best to go with at least one other person so you have a subject to follow; figure eights and following lines are useful for initially learning the muscle memory, though as constant practice, they are predictable - actors are not. Sit-downs and stand-ups at different speeds and in different gears can only be practiced with a subject to follow. Ask for a zoom lens on the camera so you can practice with wide and tight lenses. Have fun! Lisa
  21. Hi Nick, Thank you! Diversified perspectives are what makes this community strong. Great that you've taken a workshop and already have an arm and vest you're happy with. You'll have plenty of good options for a used sled for $15K - keep an eye on the forum and Facebook groups, and try to check out the sled in person before you buy it, especially if it's a brand or model you haven't used before. Good luck! Lisa
  22. Hi Nick, I'm not a "fella" (your language matters - please consider your audience), though I suggest finding a solid used system from a reputable seller within your price range. Also consider accessories: batteries, cables, a stand and/or cart, cases/bags and some way to organize everything in them; those expenses quickly add up. Have you taken a workshop? That's a great way to get your hands on different rigs (the SOA workshop in particular has a wide variety of gear lately), and network with other operators who may be selling rigs. Personally, I was glad I invested in a workshop before a rig, because it allowed me to try several types of vests, and ultimately my first sled. The connections I made there have been invaluable, and have helped me in some way on every job I've had since. Lisa
  23. Hi William, Welcome! When you say operator, do you mean camera operator, or Steadicam operator only? You'd be selling yourself short to only focus on Steadicam if you want to be a camera operator; Steadicam is a phenomenal instrument, and incredibly useful - when it's the right tool for the job. Some shots are better achieved (or more safely achieved) another way. It's part of your job as an operator to decide how to get the shot. To answer your question - I think it depends on your market, and what types of jobs you're seeking, both as a DP and as an operator. I've seen people successfully do both in smaller markets, though I do think it's more difficult to do both in a larger sphere on larger jobs. In the union world, DP and operator are two separate jobs, and once you change your card you can't do the other job on a union show (with some exceptions). It seems there's more fluidity between operating and DPing from a hiring standpoint, so you may not encounter the same marketing struggle people face when moving from ACing to operating. Good luck! Lisa
  24. Hi Sam, I haven't used any type of rig with a Movi or Ronin on a job, only in demos or at trade shows. Out of the Steadimate, EasyRig, and Anti-Gravity rig, I liked the Steadimate the most. Paired with an Exovest that's tuned to rotate a little more than normal at the pivot points, it was the best at eliminating footsteps. It was also the most comfortable for me, probably because I'm already used to the Exovest and personally find that's the most comfortable and logical style of vest for my body. It was slightly more tiring than normal Steadicam since you have to hold the Movi or Ronin farther away from your body than you would a Steadicam sled, simply because it's a larger footprint. I have yet to try the smaller EasyRig (the stock ones are too long for my torso), but always found it was difficult to get rid of footsteps. It was a bit better with the Flowcine Serene arm. Similarly, I was able to see footsteps when I tried the AntiGravity rig, and found it too large and cumbersome overall. However, the boom range on that rig was nice. I was also concerned about maneuvering about practical sets with low ceilings or door frames with that type of rig - not to mention the distraction factor for actors! What have you found so far using the Steadimate? Lisa
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