The edition of our Gold Workshop, organized by the Audiovisual Cultural
Association ACTION, in collaboration with SteadicamAction,
provides for the participation of 20 students, who will form 5 groups of 4 people
who will be accompanied and followed by 5 instructors in rotation,
directed by Chief Instructor Chris Fawcett who manages the Course program.
The Workshop will be able to rely on teaching and technical tests by
High-level qualified instructors / operators with extensive experience in the field
of international feature films, which they show in their careers
prizes and awards, from all over Europe, and also from the United States.
Through this practical experience of professional training the students
obtain the ability and all the knowledge necessary to be able to develop
to the best of their ability, with full training,
a fascinating job that is always in great demand in the sector.
After this Workshop the participants will be qualified to be able to
practice this type of shooting technique in a professional way
in the field of their competence.
It is a specialization course that allows, in addition to acquiring
the knowledge of this shooting system,
an unprecedented unique experience, promoting “networking” between operators
from all over the world, all of which happens during a week of
“Total immersion” sharing the same location, the same restaurant,
the experiences, anecdotes, knowledge, and various practices of all participants,
instructors included, who give the Course an added value
more than hoped for by the students and the organization itself.
Likewise, participants will get an official diploma
recognized by Tiffen, the first Steadicam brand in the world
from Cinema Products of L.A., together with SteadicamAction
and Cartoni Ita. Main sponsors of this Workshop.
This event has a very broad international scope,
because for each edition we have the participation
of interested people from all continents.
Garrett Brown is expected to participate; until shortly before the start of the course
We cannot confirm whether he will be present in person or by videoconference.
Our Workshop provides the “all inclusive” formula …
breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a balanced diet, accommodation in a good quality structure,
in a charming and interesting location completely reserved only for the Workshop,
and personal insurance for all participants.
There is a shuttle bus service to and from the train station of Arezzo, on the days of arrival and departure.
Students must arrive on Wednesday and leave the facility the following Wednesday.
Anyone who wants to arrive earlier or leave later must become independent.
The Workshop will take place with all the safety and restriction measures
in place for COVID-19.
It will be mandatory to present the Certificate of vaccination, or the negative PCR test,
carried out within 72 hours prior to arrival.
The test on departure at an affiliated facility will be responsibility of the applicant.
Thank you all.
tel. +39.348.3802592 – +34.656.637418
To obtain more information about the Workshop you can visit the following pages:
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.
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: