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Gold Workshop Syllabus
Tiffen International Ltd
Pinewood Studios,
Iver Heath
Tel: +44 (0)1753 783 960
Contacts: Robin Thwaites & Danny Hallett
Steadicam Gold Workshop
You can register your interest in future Workshops at the bottom of this page.
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 Steadicam Workshop is a unique opportunity for working camera operators to learn the use and application of Steadicam within the film and television world. The workshop is very much hands-on with plenty of practical time actually wearing and using the system. The Workshop culminates in a “test” shot of some considerable complexity which is recorded and critiqued in a group analysis session.
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
Five days plus part day acclimatization.
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 and perform vehicle rigging and other grip equipment.
  19. Understand and operate on opposite working sides
  20. Understand blocking out a shot.
  21. Have knowledge of working in adverse conditions.
  22. Communicate with clients and directors.
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 Steadicam who has previous camera operating experience.
Instructors are highly competent hand picked by Tiffen for their skills, communication abilities and enthusiasm. These often include Garrett Brown (Steadicam inventor), Jerry Holway (Steadicam co-inventor), Robin Thwaites (Steadicam Director if International Sales) and other very experienced Steadicam operators from many countries.
Equipment Used
All equipment will be current model Tiffen Steadicam product except where third party manufactured equipment is required as support.
This is a Tiffen International Steadicam Workshop. Details, content and schedules may be changed without notice. All rights reserved.