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Justin Oakley

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  1. Hello all, I’m a self-taught, self-funded filmmaker. I have a full time job as a fireman, but I obsess and geek out over this stuff and I’ve made it kind of a mission of mine to learn everything there is to know about the filmmaking process—from script to post production. I’ve been tackling every aspect and learning about all of the technical stuff and little nuances. I’m here because the steadicam REALLY really interests me. But I haven’t really been presented with an opportunity to operate one. Unlike a lot of tools and techniques in this game, the steadicam isn’t exactly something that a guy like me can just pick up (even used) and learn. I know the question inevitably will be “what is your end state?” And I guess it’s really just to make cool stuff. There is no short supply of filmmakers in my state. And I’m always putting myself out there, getting on different projects and assisting in pretty much any department. But I think it would be really cool if I could make myself “marketable” (for lack of a better term) and eventually sought after as a camera operator… Specifically a steady cam operator. I’m just a nobody. Again, self funded. I have a decent little camera package going on… For a guy with my budget and resources. I use the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K, with all the bells and whistles (or at least most of them). So it has a little heft to it. I have considered cheaper options, but you know how that goes. They could turn out to be utter garbage. so I guess my two main questions are 1) what is the cheapest one could get a used steady cam package for? Or even suggestions for a steadicam knock off that isn’t ridiculous cheap trash. 2) is it even realistic for someone like me to go down this route and try to learn how to fly these things? I currently have a glide cam HD 4000, but I have to strip my camera down pretty light and use batteries that kind of suck. I have thought about motorized gimbals and all that. But I just like the steady cam better. if you’re still here, thanks for reading my long winded post.
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