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Janice Arthur

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  1. Jonathan; Not my cage or plates, good luck with sale. Just clarifying. Janice
  2. 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
  3. 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 knowledge written here and maybe we should help write the history we're helping to create every single day of story telling on this, the hardest thing to master in the movie business. The challenge of being impossibly hard, and personally so engaging a device I see as just one aspect of the storytelling we are charged with on every job or shot we undertake. The culture of Steadicam could be a third topic here also, but for now maybe its the legacy. I remember the device being thought of as an albatross that, defied understanding by most people in the earliest of days. It was so seemingly complex that very few operators would take it on because it seemed so crazy that it couldn't possibly be a big tool in the industry. Slowly or fast depending on your POV, operators took Steadicam to heart and made it do what it should not have been able to do. Every shot, of every operator who said, 'did you see what I did?' made all the rest of us in those pre-internet, phone calls talk about and then have to wait for the movie to come out strive even harder for more engaging work. That is a brief thought bubble I've had, lets see where you all take this. Regards, Janice
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. Hi Janice. Just posted this and another workshop pic on the forum.

    I hope all is well with you.


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      • Terry;

      Great picture haven't seen that in decades, thanks. 

  7. 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 year without taxes deducted and box rentals etc.. Next, 20%, ideally for retirement, and often auto deductions was the most sensible and least painful way to be reminded of its very important place in our life. Lastly, anything to 20% for savings for those inevitable months when you have no or little income. I've been both good and terrible at this over the decades. Simple math, I've now made 30-50% of your every paycheck less. Yikes! I think its rare that we all do that and certainly life events prevent it but its time to at least start with something, 5-20% into some of those accounts would certainly fill holes we all know about. I'm raising this to make us all think. I certainly wish someone had brought it up when I got big paychecks and thought it was all mine or I was putting out the current financial fire! (There is always a big bill on the horizon in my world.) Janice
  8. Paul; Good luck, I'm sure you'll do fine! Janice
  9. 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 half as much time and money and then use the rig within its weight and purpose built range then move up to a more "purpose built" rig? 6) You're trying to do what we all want to do, make a cheaper rig do more than it should and be able to charge more for your services without investing in the gear. No fault of yours we all want to doo that. Investing is good; you get tax breaks and you end up with good/perfect gear for the job (not homemade stuff) and you get to charge a lot more with much better paydays! I wish you good luck and maybe someone can help you with the wiring. Janice
  10. 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
  11. 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 not? Am I committed to this as a career path or am I bored and want to move on? What the resale on my current stuff, do I just need a sled or is my vest ok? If you're looking at used it means you can't buy new, question answered. If used is where you are, are these available rigs any good? Do I have to buy the pieces separately? Vest from one and sled and arm from another and another? Is the master series sled ok? SD and really you're buying the post and top stage. Someone modified it for HD, do you trust their mod and is it OK? The arm and vest probably fine, but how do you judge? Everyone used to want (still do) a PRO 1 they can modify but they are mostly gone and hard to find so now everyone is modifying Master Series. That's a good start on your decision process. It's always, how long can I use this sled (you answer, 1-3 yrs) before I outgrow it? Does it fit what I need and my clients for now? What might I have to "adapt" if I put an HD camera on it? Good luck and keep asking. Janice
  12. 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. (yes I have the covers and the arm is in good shape.) Thank you and buyer pays shipping and insurance. Janice
  13. 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.
  14. 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
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