The edition of our Steadicam Gold Workshop foresees the participation of 20 students, who will form 5 groups of 4 people who will be supported and followed by 5 instructors, in rotation every day, directed by the Lead instructor Chris Fawcett, who realizes the program of the Course.
The workshop will count on teaching and technical tests by qualified, high-level instructors / operators with extensive experience in the international cinema field, from all over Europe. Through this hands-on experience of professional training, learners gain the skills and all the necessary knowledge to be in able to develop, to the best of one’s ability, and with complete training, a fascinating job that is always in demand in the sector. During the course, in addition to traditional practice, each group experiences the various types of shooting in motion with different means, such as trolley, crane, polaris or quad, camera car, and rickshaw.
It is a specialization course, but also ideal for beginners, which allows, in addition to acquiring the knowledge of this shooting system, also to directly experience a unique unprecedented experience, favoring the “networking” between operators from all over the world, who during a week of “full immersion” share the same location, the same dining place, experiences, anecdotes, the knowledge, and the various practices of all participants, including instructors, who give the Course an added value.
After this Workshop the participants will obtain an official diploma recognized by Tiffen, the first Steadicam brand in the world, being together with Cartoni and SteadicamAction, main Sponsors of this Workshop, which qualifies them to practice this shooting technique, in a professional way, in the field of their competence. This Event has a very broad international scope, because for each edition we have the participation of people from various continents. By filling in the form you find on this site you can be registered on the list for the next course.
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This Official Steadicam® Gold Workshop, brought to you by Steadicam Action and Cartoni, is a continuation of the original workshops hosted by Garrett Brown in the pioneering days of Steadicam. Through the input of hundreds of operators adding their experience to the teaching process (most notably Jerry Holway and Ted Churchill), the workshop has developed and broadened into the definitive industry-standard entry to Steadicam operating.
In an immersive experience, spanning five days, we introduce you first to the physical aspects of operating, where step by step, our exercises are tuned to set you up in a sound operating position that will serve you throughout your career.
In the following days, our instructors lead you through a series of shots designed to develop your technical and artistic skills, and to introduce you to both standard and new techniques. During these, you learn to operate the Steadicam in its various modes (high and low being only two), and come to understand intuitively how the instrument works as a storytelling tool.
One day is devoted to operating from vehicles, which include a motorised camera vehicle, a rickshaw, a dolly, and a crane (where conditions permit). You learn to work both soft-mount (wearing the vest), and hard-mount (where the Steadicam arm and sled is mounted directly to the vehicle). During this day, there is also a ‘test’ scenario, following which both your shot and your operating technique are reviewed.
Finally, a series of precision exercises accompanied by ‘tips and tricks’ rotations sharpen the skills that you have brought to the workshop, and have expanded upon during the week.
Among the subjects interspersed throughout are practical lessons on inertial stabilisation, lens heights and their associated modes, static and dynamic balance, arm tuning, and navigation; lectures on dealing with weather conditions, personal safety, business aspects, and set politics. You are advised on how to improvise and invent the means by which you achieve complex shots, and offered suggestions on how to communicate your ideas.
Equipment used is mostly Steadicam M2 variants with Gx series arms, and a selection of vests including Exovest, Ultra, and Zephyr. Bring your own vest, if you have one.
We operate to a high standard of inclusivity. Everyone is welcome, though the more camera experience you arrive with, the better. In its generalities, the course is standard for all participants, but its specifics will be tailored to you, to best develop your skills. Women are explicitly invited to attend.
Be assured, also, that Steadicam operating is not about muscle, but about balance and poise. A few dance lessons serve you as well as a gym membership when it comes to dealing with the weight. However, this is a challenging week, and we will encourage you to the limits of your abilities.
It is my honour to lead a team of five highly-experienced European operators that guide you in groups of four students through rotations from breakfast until dinner, with a break for lunch. Following dinner on our first four working days, we schedule a series of lectures dealing with Steadicam posture, aesthetics of camera movement, Steadicam accessories—the highlight of which is an interactive video conference with Garrett Brown.
Our last evening is a celebration of our week together, with a small ceremony to welcome you into the world of Steadicam. You will leave in possession of an official Steadicam certificate, and all the skills in place with which to train yourself to a high degree of professionalism as a Steadicam operator.
We look forward to seeing you.
Participation is limited to 20 students, so please book early.
Cotton T-shirts and jeans work well in most circumstances, but are not ideal for changing weather conditions. Please bring a selection of layered clothing, preferably with wicking base layers. We will also work outside, so bring total rain protection.
Spongy-soled shoes, such as ‘air’ or ‘cushioned’ varieties are not good for Steadicam. You’re better off with low, stable soles, such as those found in trail runners, indoor soccer shoes, and old-fashioned sneakers. Minimal shoes are great, but only if you are well accustomed to wearing them. Bring a few different pairs to see which ones work best for you.
Garrett Brown is best known as the Oscar-winning inventor of the Steadicam®.
He has operated Steadicam on nearly 100 movies including Rocky, The Shining, and Return of the Jedi. Garrett holds 50 patents worldwide for devices which include the Steadicam Merlin, a smaller, handheld Steadicam for camcorders; Skycam, the robot camera that flies on wires over sporting events; and Mobycam, Divecam, Flycam et al that pursue athletes worldwide.
His new zeroG technology “floats” tools and reduces workplace injuries. In past lives Garrett has recorded for MGM as a folksinger (www.BrownandDana.com), sold Volkswagens, directed TV commercials and made films for Sesame Street, and his voice was the other half of that well-known ad-lib duo on radio for Molson and American Express (www.TwoVoices.com*).
He is a member of the American Society of Cinematographers, the Directors Guild, the Screen Actors Guild and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Garrett has just been inducted into the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame.
Check Garrett’s website for more information:
Monte San Savino
AREZZO – ITALY
The Castle of Gargonza, with its small ovoid-shaped agricultural village consisting of about twenty
houses, surrounded by walls on a prominent rock formation, with a door to defend the entrance
and a tower that dominates the internal square and the Romanesque church from the thirteenth
century, is located on the hills overlooking the Val di Chiana, between Arezzo and Siena, in the
municipality of Monte San Savino.
“Gargonza, located in the heart of the Tuscan hills, is a 13th century fortified medieval village
around the tower, the church and the well, enclosing the houses within a thick wall that the enemy
could not break through …”
The first records of Gargonza as a fortified village in the Val di Chiana date back to 1150:
a quote told of a fortified castle along the road from Arezzo to Siena,
which is the same castle where Dante Alighieri spent his exile.
In its long history the most important event is perhaps that of the passage of Dante Alighieri in
1302, as the historian Leonardo Bruni recalls in his “Life of Dante”.
From 1300 the Castle of Gargonza was a fortified village in the hands of the “Ghibellines” and
from 1444 it became an agricultural community dedicated to the woods and “governed” by wise
civic statutes for 300 years.
Wanted by the Guelphs and Ghibellines, in the 15th century the Castle of Gargonza was
known as the village dedicated to the cultivation of the forest as well as to the production of wool.
Gargonza, formerly a fief of the Ubertini Counts, passed to the Republic of Siena and then to the
Signoria of Florence, to arrive at the end of the 17th century in the house of the Marquis Corsi,
ancestors of the current owners.
During the seventeenth century the castle became an organized farm of 900 hectares with thirtythree
farms and houses for peasants and their families. In addition to the guesthouses, the town
already had a parish, a canons’ house, a school, an oil mill, stables and four bread ovens (still
Then at the end of the 1700s it became a farm, until the rural exodus occurred after World War II,
with the end of sharecropping.
After two hundred years of prosperity, during the first half of the twentieth century, the Castle was
abandoned by the community that lived there, leaving for a better life in the city.
Around 1970, Roberto Guicciardini Corsi Salviati, began the restoration process with the aim of
saving the village by trying to preserve its original architecture and bring back its community.
No longer a community of farmers but a community of travelers!
It is not surprising that the houses and apartments of Gargonza bear the names of its former inhabitants:
Argentina, Boccio, Niccolina and those of many other special characters.
Their truthful existence lives on on their ancient homes. Enclosed within the medieval walls, the
carefully restored houses have preserved the simplicity of rural life.
If you experience steep wooden stairs or rooms carved into the rock, blackened fireplaces or tiny
windows overlooking the woods, remember that this is the added value of our history.
Today Gargonza is managed directly by Neri Guicciardini and his wife Elisa.
With the same passion of their parents, Elisa and Neri together with all the staff, will do their best
to make your experience in Gargonza a wonderful stay in the historic Tuscan accommodation.