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Lisa Sene

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    Steadicam M-2
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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. Adorable! Hope to meet Lillie someday! Lisa
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. Hi Gabriel, Yes - you'll need a Tiffen socket block on your Pro vest. Lisa
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
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    Volt issue

    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
  11. 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!
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
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