Our Steadicam Workshops

Gold Workshop Info

Steadicam Action | Gold Steadicam Workshops

This Official Steadicam® Gold Workshop, brought to you by Tiffen, 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 six 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 five 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.

Chris Fawcett

NB
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.

All Inclusive” formula

  • Complete practical course, with Diploma.
  • 5 Groups, 5 Instructors, 4 students for each Instructor in rotation.
  • Lead Instructor Chris Fawcett at his discretion with each group.
  • Accommodation in an excellent structure, in a fascinating and interesting place, completely reserved only for the course.
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, with a balanced diet, coffee break mid-morning and mid-afternoon.
  • Breakfast 8.00 / 9.00 – Lunch 13.00 / 14.00 – Dinner 19.30 / 20.45
  • Shuttle bus service to and from the airport or train station closest to the location, on arrival and departure days.
  • 2 free Course t-shirts with notepads and bag, Steadicam Workshop Course Notes (handout), Sponsor Gadgets
  • Course duration:
  •     6 days
  •     8 hours a day for 5 days, from 9.00 / 13.00 – 14.00 / 18.00

  • 9:00 p.m. afternoon meeting, with Chris Fawcett and speeches by the Instructor.

  •  6th day
  •  Morning: recorded final exam, review and discussion of the work done.
  • Afternoon: Free
  • Night: Delivery of diplomas and farewell dinner

The Cost

Basic 4500 Euro, but may vary depending on the location chosen.
For information write an email to steadicamaction@gmail.com

Registration open approximately 4 months before the Course.

  • First Registration in the list by filling in the format you find on the contacts page of this site. (Click here)
  • Payment by Bank Transfer
  • Payment can be made in three ways:
    1 or 2 or 3 Instalments, depending on the time of enrolment. Last payment must be made no later than the fixed date, within 3 weeks from the start of the Course.
  • Payment by credit card is also possible, with a 3% fee. To request the secure link, write an e-mail to steadicamaction@gmail.com.
  • The Waiting List of people who have already reserved a place prevails.

ATTENTION

Those who renounce after registration, and ask for a refund, pay a penalty of 10% On the amount paid.
4 Weeks from the start of the course there will be NO Refund.


N.B.
The Workshop will take place with all the security measures and restrictions provided by the laws in force at the time. Included in the case of Covid-19. Insurance for equipment and people is provided only within the complex, including the outdoor parts, and only during the course.