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Bronze Workshop Syllabus
Steadicam Bronze Workshop
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Introduction – A broad outline of the planned training
Steadicam® is now a commonly used tool within the film and television industry however requires training and practice in order to produce good results. More than just a stabilizer, as a shooting system it is able to provide an individual style to the production often greatly desired by producers and directors. Additionally complex moving scenes can be not only quicker to shoot but also more dramatic adding pace and dimension to the shot.
The Tiffen International BRONZE Steadicam® Workshop is a unique opportunity for prospective operators to learn the use and application of Steadicam® concentrating on the lighter systems within the Steadicam® range. The workshop is very much hands-on with plenty of practical time actually wearing and using the system.
Workshop Aims
The aim of this training programme is to provide the necessary skills and background for a working camera operator to make use of a Steadicam® system to best effect and safely.
Training Duration
Two days
Training Approach
The course approach is a combination of hands on and instructor driven however always kept very practical and relevant.
Training Objectives
On completion of the training programme the participants will be able to:
  1. Assemble the Steadicam® and fit camera and all accessories.
  2. Understand the principles of operation of a Steadicam®.
  3. Balance the system correctly including dynamic balance.
  4. Put on and adjust the operators vest for best fit.
  5. Adjust the suspension arm for the camera weight.
  6. Understand rest positions.
  7. Start and stop smoothly.
  8. Post pan sled.
  9. Body pan sled.
  10. Track shooting sideways.
  11. Circle the subject.
  12. Walk forward shoot back.
  13. Switch forward and back.
  14. Handle actor sitting and standing from a chair.
  15. Tackle steps and stairs.
  16. Handle corners and corridors to best advantage.
  17. Change to low mode.
  18. Understand blocking out a shot.
  19. Have knowledge of working in adverse conditions.
This is by no means an exhaustive list and there will be many other skills and techniques passed on during the course of the workshop.
Assessment and Certification System
Participant assessment is via continuous monitoring and appraisal over the workshop followed by test piece. This is followed by group discussion. There can be no strict pass/fail situation as the ability to use Steadicam can only be acquired with much practice after the workshop however it is expected that all students will attain a reasonable standard for their personal degree of experience during the course.
Participant Profile
Participants may be anyone interested in developing the skills to use light and medium weight Steadicam systems.
Robin Thwaites
Danny Hallett
or a Tiffen International designated and approved instructor
Equipment Used
All equipment will be current model Tiffen Steadicam products Aero through to Zephyr except where third party manufactured equipment is required as support. There is no need to bring your own equipment.
This is a Tiffen International Steadicam Workshop. Details, content and schedules may be changed without notice. All rights reserved.