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Fall SOA/Philly workshop

Jerry Holway

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Announcing the autumn workshop in the Steadicam Operators Association series at Historic Yellow Springs, one hour from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. The long-established workshop goes into its 26th consecutive year training Steadicam operators from around the world. Dates for the workshop are November 1 to 6.


A great team of operators teach at the workshops. I’m joined by Garrett Brown, inventor of the Steadicam, Chris Fawcett, inventor of the Steadiseg and Exovest, and Jay Kilroy, who both teaches and runs the show. Other established Steadicam operators/instructors and assistants round out the teaching staff, providing a truly broad perspective and experience base from the film, broadcast, and documentary worlds.


The intensive 5½ day workshop covers all the essentials of Steadicam operating, plus in-depth analysis and experiences. Hands-on training begins immediately, with exercises transitioning quickly into real-life shots.



While we concentrate on operating skills, we have a broad spectrum of gear to use – from the “big” Steadicams like the Ultra 2, Shadow, and the new M-1, to the smaller Zephyr’s, and even some handheld units. We use several different arms and vests (and you can bring your own vest as well). We also have lots of accessories to work with. Tilt-heads, motorized stages, super-posts, follow focus gear, playback monitors, Tango™, and more.



We’ll have a full-on vehicle day with crane step-ons and offs, car mounts, quad mount, and the Steadiseg; and further training on the Skatedolly and a Rickshaw. We also have a set of wheels to play with – it’s an operating skill we think all Steadicam operators should have.


You’ll work hard all day – starting before breakfast! We end each day with beer and wine and evening lectures, including Garrett Brown’s famous “Moving Image,” Chris Fawcett’s “Steadicam Posture,” and a Live Multicam presentation.


The food is great, and it all takes place in the amazingly photogenic surroundings of Historic Yellow Springs. Our primary space is an original pre-Civil War building, and we have extensive use of the space and the surrounding gardens.


Come experience the Mid-Atlantic fall, and join the workshop that has started many of today’s greatest Steadicam operators on their long and successful careers.

For more information, visit: http://www.steadicam-ops.com/workshop.shtml



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Anyone who wants a proper start in the world of Steadicam, and even those with some experience should do this at least once. THE best training you will get. I came to it with a few years of limited Steadicam use and this workshop immediately improved my skills and taught me the correct ways to operate. Tons of fun and tons of collective knowledge from the instructing group makes for an awesome week.

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I attended the workshop several years ago and would have to say that anyone serious about their career as a steadicam op should attend this workshop. I believe it to be one of the most paramount experiences in my life for getting me off on the right foot and teaching me the mindset and skills needed to be a successful op. The experience you'll gain, the tools you'll have access to, and the immense amount of knowledge from the masters makes this workshop stand out beyond all the others. You never know who's going to show up to teach and the sheer amount of fun you'll have is why I try to go back and help any chance I get. Highly recommended.

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In my humble opinion, this workshop is a mandatory stop for anyone serious about making a living out of Steadicam operating. Why?

- You will learn the proper operating techniques from the best of the best of the best. This is crucial to your career as it will allow you to avoid injuring yourself while enhancing your skills, getting a smoother shot, and developing an eye to create a great Steadicam shot. Veteran operators will teach you their little tricks that make the difference on set.

- You will meet new people that are passionate about the same thing as you, making connections and building a support network. I know for sure that I would not be where I am today if it weren't for the people I met at the SOA workshop.

- The location is amazing and it's a historic place! It's where the EFP training video was filmed (you all watched the DVD right? If not you should)

- It's international. People from all over the world are traveling to attend, so don't give me the excuse that it's too far.


I took two workshops, one 2 day Tiffen Workshop in NYC, and the Pennsylvania SOA workshop, I don't regret any of them, but if I had to take only one, I would go for the SOA.


Fly safe!

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If you are serious about joining this craft, this workshop is a must! I attended many years ago and I have grown so fast afterwards. I learned so much and had reinforced what I had already known.


For anyone on the forum asking 'how do I balance my 5d on this cool stick I just bought?', PLEASE take the workshop!


Good people, good food and good vibes!

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