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he Steadicam Operators Association conducts the world’s best Steadicam workshops twice a year in a small village about an hour west of Philadelphia.


The workshop gives each participant ample practical and theoretical experience to begin working professionally, plus the mental tools needed to meet future challenges, as well as exercises and shots to practice after completing the course.


There is at least one Steadicam and one experienced instructor/operator for each group of four participants. The minimum number of participants is eight, the maximum is sixteen.


All levels of Steadicam operating are accommodated.


Cost for the workshop is $2600.00 (US), which includes great instruction, equipment and meals. Workshop participants are responsible for travel and hotel arrangements. Hotel arrangements should be made at the Comfort Suites -Exton, Pennsylvania at 610-594-4770. Ask for Jennie Norek and request the Steadicam Operators Associations special rate when reserving rooms.


Shuttle service is available from the Philadelphia airport via Rainbow Limo (610) 696-6060. For participants flying in to airports other than Philadelphia please call Mike at (610)-246-1218 for assistance.

Useful Links for Travel to Workshop


Driving Directions from PHL Airport to Inn


Comfort Suites-Exton

610-594-4770 (p)

610-594-4772 (f)

700 West Uwchlan Avenue

Exton, PA 19341

Website: www.comfortsuites.com

Map & Directions for Comfort Suites Exton PA


Rainbow Cab


Workshop participants should meet at the Comfort Suites on Sunday (time to be determined). The SOA will notify participants if this changes. The workshop runs from Sunday midday until Friday late afternoon.


The Workshop begins promptly at 9 a.m. each morning (after breakfast), and usually finishes by 7 p.m., when we all go to dinner together. Three meals each day are served-by candlelight-in an old inn adjacent to the workshop site.


The training consists primarily of specially designed exercises and shots, interspersed with short lectures, demonstrations, stories, and videos of great Steadicam work. As much time as possible is spent working with the Steadicam.


Instruction includes:

Physical principles - vest, arm and sled

Balancing the Steadicam - both static and dynamic

Inertial control and augmentation

High Mode

Low Mode

Long Mode (ultra high and ultra low modes)

Shooting from vehicles - hard and soft mounts

(often Skymantm is set up as one of the vehicle shots)


Right and Left side operating

Aids to navigation


Accessories for:

Low Mode

Focus Control

Video Transmission and Reception

Video Assist

Video Recording

Steadicam JRtm and Minitm

New equipment and prototypes


At the end of the course, a very difficult shot is designed as a final test. Each operator is filmed as they do the shot. Both the shot and the video of the operator are reviewed.


Workshop participants should be in good health and free of back or other physical problems. Using a Steadicam properly does not hurt your back - it gently makes it stronger and it also improves posture. There are several successful female operators who weigh less than 130 lbs., and few male operators who weigh twice that.


Good shoes, such as Cross-Training athletic shoes, should be worn every day. Clothing should be layered, as we work both outside and inside and the weather can be quite warm or cold.


Workshop participants with special dietary needs or other special requests should notify us in advance.


Participants who wish to bring their own Steadicam equipment should also notify us in advance. Participants are encouraged to bring both still and video cameras.

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hey im gonna try this workshop and want to know how long the courses takes for $2600.00 (US)

is it 6 day or long ?


Starts on the Sunday afternoon when you arrive and ends early afternoon on Friday from what I recall. Training is top notch and you are well fed. Well worth it if you are serious about Steadicam. It will pay dividends regardless of whether or not you pursue it as a career in the film biz or not.


Steadicam is not something you should enter into casually due to it's complex nature and the expense involved with gear to be a proper Operator.

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