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Chris Haarhoff

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  1. I thought I’d take a moment to share little bit of history which might be fun. Scrounging through some really old photographs I came across a couple of beauties dating back to around 1989. As aged as they appear, they indicate a counterculture that was taking root as Cinema Products struggled to understand the needs of the Steadicam Operator. While still living in South Africa, I met some aeronautical engineers whose day job was designing the Heads Up Display for the Rooivalk Attack Helicopter. As the technologies that applied to Steadicam covered some common ground, it seemed like a good plac
  2. This is a reply to my own topic, but as we are exactly a week out from the beginning of the Great Western Steadicam Workshop I just want to update all that are interested. The final group of instructors will be myself Chris Haarhoff, Andrew Rowlands, Henry Tirl, Kirk Gardner, Jessica Lopez and Andrew Ansnick. There will be a few visiting operators that will address particular shots/techniques as well. As of now we are almost full, but we have lost a few students due to evolving work schedules, so if you are interested or if you know somebody that might be workshop hungry, this would be a
  3. I usually dont venture beyond the General Discussion, so I thought that maybe I should place the link to the GWSW a little more front and center. See: www.gwsteadicam.com This is to announce the Great Western Steadicam Workshop taking place in Los angeles from the 19th March to 23rd March. This will be a Beginners Class, with some Intermediate elements. We held a similar Class in 2015 which was very successful. It was led by myself, Chris Haarhoff and the Instructors included Andrew Rowlands, George Billinger, Dave Emmerichs and Henry Tirl. This years Instructor line up wi
  4. This is to announce the Great Western Steadicam Workshop taking place in Los angeles from the 19th March to 23rd March. This will be a Beginners Class, with some Intermediate elements. We held a similar Class in 2015 which was very successful. It was led by myself, Chris Haarhoff and the Instructors included Andrew Rowlands, George Billinger, Dave Emmerichs and Henry Tirl. This years Instructor line up will also be A-list Steadicam Operators/Instructors that will bring many decades worth of experience to our students. Upon completing the workshop, students will have all the necessary tools
  5. Hi Kiril, would love to look at the shot but it comes up as unavailable. Is there a fix for that?
  6. In the spirit of the Maine, Malibu Classics, PRO workshops, I've set up a private class between the 21st and 24th of August. It's a small, very intense structure and I'm looking for one more student. Email me at chrishaarhoff@gmail.com if you are interested. Chris Haarhoff
  7. I'm trying to help a friend find a good arm. Let me know> Chris Haarhoff 310-339-6030
  8. Hey guys and girls, I just want to say a heartfelt thank you for all the kind things that have been said about me. Coming from a great community such as this means everything to me. As Birdman gained traction with the public, I chose to stay out of the conversation, letting others tell the story. Almost two years since we started shooting, the film takes on a life of itself which I've found fascinating to watch. In all, being involved with Birdman was an absolute gift, one that many of you out there would have relished and more than likely improved on what we see on the screen. Thanks again...
  9. Hey there Chris really love your work. It's funny how the guys here in South Africa still remember your doing Steadicam on Rugby. Did a course in 2006 will be buying my first Rig this week....THE TIME HAS COME....speak soon bro, Jurgen

  10. Talking to another operator today it seems that we should not be taking this subject to the web. One suggestion is that we gather as many West Coast Ops together as possible and hash out our opinions and experiences. Once this is done, each in attendance can venture out into the wilderness and relay what was discussed to a few of their closest steadi buddies. This would keep our exchange verbal and away from prying eyes. There has always been apprehension about being seen as price fixing, but we are so far away from that...all we will be doing is communicating a historical perspective and unde
  11. I've had some recent experiences when making a deals on features, TV and commercials that point to a seismic de-valuation of the steadicam operator and his craft. There is such a downward pressure on rates that the sun may be setting on efforts made by many fine operators to secure steadicam as a valuable contributor to the production process. It may be that we are now dealing with a newer brand of executive that does not have the sense of history that we nurture, but I suspect that the real issue comes from within our ranks. These are no doubt difficult economic times which the studios will
  12. I must have gotten out of bed on the wrong side the other day, but here's my beef. While the more traditional manufacturers of Steadicam and steadicam-stabilizers tend to market their products honestly while respecting the virtues of other systems, many of the second tier builders and newcomers make claims that are easily believed by young operators, new to the craft and the art of Steadicam. In short, the kids use the internet and the Steadicam forum as a resource, and are drawn to nice shiny objects. A little bit of anodizing goes a long way, but the pages of this forum are filled with the
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  14. I'm semi-desperate to find a 2nd generation Preston Handset along with the microwave xmtr. I could also be interested in the MDR if anyone wanted to let that go as well. With all the threes getting snapped up now somebody must be needing some cash?? Chris Harhoff 310-476-2603
  15. Hi guys, sorry to bring this out on to the forum, but it's my last hope. Any friendly Belgian Op please contact me by E mail at chris@chrishaarhoff.com....oh come on guys, it's not about that, I'm happily married and I'm not a congressman. Here's a clue....Rugby. Please, time is of the escence... Chris Haarhoff 310-339-6030
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