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Janice Arthur

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  1. A Baldwinism; 5153 mod Clean's Camera Support Low Mode Offset bracket flipped upside down and mounted to the Volt's Gimbal to the offset. The Volt would ride closer to level.
  2. This is a parallel post with the Facebook "The Steadicam Group" Please post your Nouns and their definitions and let's come up with a list of terms that we use regularly. Thank you. Janice
  3. Hi all; The bad guys are attacking company tax numbers and other critical identifiers just like they're looking for SS numbers. Beware, things can be bought and ordered via your company and its a horrible situation. You can lock both your company identifiers with various reporting agencies just like you can lock your SS number. (Parents can lock their kids SS numbers too and prevent identity theft from them. A big problem too.) This is a heads up on the problem and maybe we can save someone/many a huge problem. Keep an eye on all of it in this weirdest of times!!
  4. Hi all; I've had some requests for different post lengths and I'm asking if anyone has a request. I'm having the machine shop make some and trying to do any quantity I can and save everyone. Right now, as normal stock, I have 7", 8.5", 9.5". I've got a request for 6". Let me know if you have any requests. Janice
  5. Hi all; I'm not sure where this post will lead but I'm trying to help those who may be young and new to the Movie business think about things they haven't before... This will and can cover a hundred different turns considering we're all in this new world of pandemic business shut down all the way to new trends in the industry. Here's my thinking that I've looked at for a long time and being older than most of you I've seen how the industry and business in every way has changed. Changes (to name a few). 1) Pandemic, who hasn't thought about money and when they'll get ba
  6. Hi all; I've got some of the metal replacement parts for the older vest. The pictures are titled. Some of you have vests that need rehabbed or are building your own vests, these could shortcut some of those steps. They're courtesy of Hugo Langer. I've got them and can send them out or help you with other steps. Yes they will be anodized. PM me if you have an interest.
  7. Hi all; These are all stainless steel. 3/8" extended (01) 3/8" regular (02) 1/4"-20 extended (v1) longest (03) 1/4"-20 extended (v2) (04) 3/8" to 1/4-20 Bushing (longer) (05) 3/8" to 1/4-20 Bushing shorter (06) $15.00 each $10 shipping. (less in some situations).
  8. Hi all; I have weight plates and full cages available. PM me and I'll respond asap. 6.5, 11, 15lb plates. Thank you and stay safe. Janice
  9. Jonathan; Not my cage or plates, good luck with sale. Just clarifying. Janice
  10. Hi all; Maybe this topic is about your personal story or challenges or experiences. I'm not sure but let's see what you come up with. Janice
  11. Hi all; As the new year is almost upon us and we, probably, look back on a year or a time frame and I wonder what you think is the historical importance of Steadicam to the Media Industry? I look at the now forty years since its inception and want us, the users of it to document our thoughts. This may be a valueable educational and cathartic moment for us all to express our experiences and deep thoughts on the subject. Look for the other topic of 'What Steadicam has meant to you." for your personal story if you want to share. I am always impressed at the depth of kn
  12. Joel; Nothing wrong with Gimbal, I should have added that to my list of gear that you're keeping on a Master sled. What was traditional was you got rid of K section and all the rest. Now people are using the K section in some form, from what I hear. The top stage is ok but not great from what I remember. So in the end you're not left with much from the original rig. You've gotten good advice from others here, so I'm sure they know more than me. Janice
  13. Hi all; I'm looking to discuss political events, rallies, commercials etc. and how we can get reliably get paid. Most of this stuff seems to be non-union and production companies are going to hire us and then when they don't get paid we don't get paid!! Yikes, with all those posts about bills still unpaid from the previous election I'm concerned. Any thoughts as this contentious time starts to ramp-up what have you done? I got a call for an Iowa political event, no idea the party or candidate and it made me think. Janice
  14. Hi all; Budgeting, not often a happy subject for most but as we both work into tax season and a new year, its worth discussing. The media industry matures and changes we should revisit this subject. There is no doubt the industry, the union, and the world is changing. We mostly work freelance and there are few safe guards, let alone financial ones.... I know many, many freelancers (maybe most) who are in deep …… because they are underprepared. The ideal was always, for me, 15% for taxes over what I had taken out of my check because lots of things get paid throughout the
  15. Paul; Good luck, I'm sure you'll do fine! Janice
  16. Paul; I made it through part of your post. Here is are several takes you may not have considered. 1) You seem to be trying to do everything and every contingency with a "lesser" rig. 2) It is, even by your own admission, not the perfect rig. 3) You're going to spend a tremendous amount of time and money on this thing. 4) If you do manage to get all of this done you'll almost certainly overload some of the components of gimbal and top stage and post and arm and vest and something bad will happen! 5) So, my take, why not do half of what you are planning, spend
  17. Hi all; I have two Easy Rigs for sale; 1) Heavy, holds Alexa and heavy set ups. Used but works fine, bag included $1200. 2) Lighter, I think the model is 200 but have to look, easily holds 15-20lbs. Original bag included. $1200. Let me know, if you're interested. Buyer pays shipping and insurance. (Pictures to follow, but putting it here will make me go get those pictures done!) Janice Love to sell them, asap. PM me here
  18. Part of a bigger discussion but some relevant points; 1) Everyone has a fixed amount they can spend. They aren't suddenly going to get an elf to drop 10k more on them so make a choice. Here are the variables.. I need to start making money and in my market I'm going to outgrow this rig in 18 months or three years? Over 18 months or three years can I get established and have some clients? At the end of that time; I might have more money saved up and I can start to look for a bigger rig for my needs? Do I need to buy other things like a Follow focus or transmitter or n
  19. Hi all; This is a very little used arm. Its just an old model 1 with a single hinge. It works fine and you don't need a double hinge. (You can send it to Robert Luna, at some point and have that installed.) Soooooo, if you want a super cheap heavy duty arm to get started with let me know. $1500.00 or reasonable offers. 30-55lb range. Probably more on the high end but I'm just being understated. All of you newbies who want high end gear for cheap this is perfect. Heck you could use it for a year or three then sell it and loose almost nothing on the deal. (y
  20. Julian; Any two plates and any four posts, $360.00 Shipping in USA $35.00. I include camera screws and post screws and extra sets for your cage and/or plates. I ship in a day or less and you usually have it in fast. I ship from midwest. Janice Let me know questions. Thanks.
  21. Hi all; Yes I still have them and will post pictures soon. PM me here and let me know questions. 2, 6.5, 11, 15lb plates and 7", 8.5", 9.5" posts. I sometimes have scratched up ones I've used once or twice too. I'm around so let me know. (You only need three posts to make a cage so if you every have an instance where a lens won't fit through the front posts, remove one of the posts and it works fine.) Thank you as always and a pretty cheap way to add weight that is versatile, by using just one plate even. Janice pictures to follow
  22. Jason; Whether you have extraordinary amount of sweat or not is really hard to judge. Over the history quite a few ops have thought they sweated more than most, who knows. Most people do what you do and learn to just change their shirts often. Other tips; At some point work up to an EXOvest which has fewer contact points and would allow you to wick away water more easily. Wrist bands (terry cloth) that soak up sweat running down your arms that keep your hands dry/dryer. Towels, around your neck to soak up sweat that you change often (usually a pain that you forget about or ju
  23. Kevin; Finally, a question I've thought about for decades, and raised with camera department members who looked at me in disbelief and never responded. I never carried a purse because it signaled to the bad guys "Here are the valuables, all nicely ready for you to take." I would stash a wallet or small bag in my vest bag, hidden compartment; maybe even under a back up t-shirt. In recent times, cargo shorts could carry a wallet in a pants pocket and not as a "wallet" guys would carry. I would always go in a hidden compartment that seemed, unlikely for valuables; cable case
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