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Sam Naiman

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    PRO II Sled, PRO Vest, Titan Arm
  • Location
    Portland, OR

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  1. Thanks David. I've been on that page before and totally glossed over this. Maybe I need to bring my current 6 pages back to something like this and simplify. Or maybe I need to go look for an agent...
  2. I got a call to operate and fly steadi on a "new media" contract series for the next few mos. It's feeling a lot like the wild west out here, talking to these producers about rerating, etc. I've decided this is a great time to rewrite my deal memo from the ground up, and would really like to double check. Does anyone have one of theirs they'd be willing to share with me? Any other advice for hammering out steadi agreements on new media shows? Thanks!
  3. Working with the rig is best. Apart from that, everyone's exercise regimen seems very personal. Speaking to my own, targeted core strength and flexibility are about 50%. The rest are weights and calisthenic exercises I've picked up over the years topped off with cardio, and yoga. Stretching before and after work seems to play a larger part in avoiding aches and pains the older I get.
  4. Go to a workshop. Spend the time and money. You'll be spending lots more of both should you buy a rig, so set yourself up for success with a jumpstart. You'll learn things you'll use for the rest of your career. You'll pick up ideas that will help you in all kinds of operating.
  5. I've had my PRO vest for almost 6 yrs, was measured and fitted at PRO. Pressure on the shoulders seems right, but have never had any downward pressure on my stomach except from my own tightening of the straps. My entire core and chest feel pretty even pressure as long as my posture stays correct.
  6. Huge fan of the black magic video assist. Small enough that it can also be a semi-permanent low mode monitor.
  7. Light Gray with Blue lid stripe. Flip Latches. $650.00
  8. Just an update: FIZ was found! A fishy story heard third-hand from the storage facility, but nothing seems to have even been touched in the kit! FYI, insurance replaced everything in the meantime (which I now am in the process of sending back).
  9. My FIZ kit was stolen Thursday evening from production's storage on a job in Portland, Oregon. Please keep your eyes open out there in steadicam land for HU3 handset SN 1985 with leather strap, and motors 485 and 4172. Light gray innerspace case with blue trim. Thanks.
  10. Sounds just like my job there. Glad you're having a blast.
  11. There used to be a site called gimbaluser.com that was focused more toward brushless gimbal stabilizer systems. Maybe try http://forum.freeflysystems.com/index.php
  12. I worked on a film where the DP would hold firmly on to my vest and talk to me through every shot. My first instinct was that he was doing this because I was doing something wrong. It confused the hell out of the dolly grips. Very hard to get into a rhythm this way. He was really happy after every shot, though. Strangely enough, by the end of the show I was used to it- I was happy that we were getting shots he liked, and this was just another form of communication, out of the myriad on set, that I have acclimated to. At best a more complicated dance, interesting and very challenging.
  13. Phnom Penh? Siem Reap? I would have a little different advice for different regions. Drink bottled water, and eat the little yogurts they sell everywhere to keep your insides functioning so that you can. Bring gear for both heat and rain. Keep some bills on you for bribes (it's pretty commonplace over there, don't be afraid to offer to get where you need to be). Try to have backups of absolutely everything you'll need for the shoot. There isn't much supply available geared toward our industry, and ordering replacements shipped in is next to impossible. You can order, but good luck receiving anything. I have heard that things are a little better now, but last operating there almost 4 years ago, the closest production center with any gear to speak of was neighboring Thailand. Aside from that, I've found the Khmer generally to be some of the nicest, most generous people I've ever met. It is a gorgeous country like no other. Try to avoid getting stuck solely in the more touristy parts, get out and explore, and eat as the locals do.
  14. All above agreed, with emphasis on "tiny breaks". I feel that figuring out the rhythm of these is an art form. Sometimes you'll be asked if you need one, but not the majority of the time, so you've got to take the initiative. Dock up and stay within a foot or two, or take the arm off and walk the next shot with your bosses. If you are far from your dock, your dolly grip (or any available) will happily take the weight for a few. If none of them are present, shoulder it and lean against a wall/tree/rock. They are probably going to take some time for A Cam to set each shot on your upcoming show, no matter what support platform. Use each of these moments, and quietly think about where you want to be next, because getting the shot effectively will typically keep you in the rig for less takes. Sometimes the job hurts, and there's just nothing you can do about it: use the larger breaks between jobs to keep your core, legs and knees in good shape, and it may hurt less.
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