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Old September 8th, 2009, 06:14 AM   #1
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I just finished a workshop with Phil Balsdon in Sydney and I feel sooo much more confident about operating.

Regardless of where you are, do a workshop, I know just setting up the pilot gets you better footage and with practice you can get pretty good - but you can also build on bad practices & habits. A workshop will set you off in the right direction - it's well worth the money.

I was doing a number of thing incorrectly and I thought it was just a matter of practice - wrong. I really think it's wise to start off in the right direction and get someone who knows to show you the basics and get you started.
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Old September 8th, 2009, 09:22 AM   #2
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You are right there Paul. If you practice wrong, you are just wasting time!
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Old September 12th, 2009, 05:24 PM   #3
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I just finished a workshop with Phil Balsdon in Sydney and I feel sooo much more confident about operating.

Regardless of where you are, do a workshop, I know just setting up the pilot gets you better footage and with practice you can get pretty good - but you can also build on bad practices & habits. A workshop will set you off in the right direction - it's well worth the money.

I was doing a number of thing incorrectly and I thought it was just a matter of practice - wrong. I really think it's wise to start off in the right direction and get someone who knows to show you the basics and get you started.
Hi Paul,

What rig are you using? Did you practice on the pilot?
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Old September 12th, 2009, 05:26 PM   #4
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You are right there Paul. If you practice wrong, you are just wasting time!
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Nick,

this would be great workshop to also to have in Melbourne.
Question - how flexible are the rules? ie can they be applied to the merlin, glidecam etc?
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Old September 12th, 2009, 08:26 PM   #5
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Old September 12th, 2009, 10:29 PM   #6
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Nick,

this would be great workshop to also to have in Melbourne.
Question - how flexible are the rules? ie can they be applied to the merlin, glidecam etc?
Contact Phil, if you can get enough participants he will travel to Melbourne. The same principals apply to all stabilizers, operating the Merlin you are pretty much on your own, its a different animal to tame.
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Old September 13th, 2009, 12:39 AM   #7
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There is talk of a workshop in Melbourne in January 2010.
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Old September 13th, 2009, 04:38 AM   #8
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Ha, if Phil doesn't want to do it I'll come out! (Melbourne, Auckland, all good!)

Glad you enjoyed your workshop, Paul. It's a shame that so many folks who buy small stabilizers all tend to do the same thing with them at first--run around chasing their friends/girlfriends/dog, but generally spend little to no time working on the basics such as you were undoubtedly shown at the workshop.
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Old September 14th, 2009, 12:55 AM   #9
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congrats Paul. I remember my first workshop. Now I want to do one with Jerry, if I get the chance and my budget together. ;) Hey CP, when do you give a workshop?
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Old September 14th, 2009, 01:14 AM   #10
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Hi Paul,

What rig are you using? Did you practice on the pilot?
I started off with a merlin & arm & Vest but upgraded to the pilot -that's what I'm using now and I don't see myself getting anything bigger for weddings etc.
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Old September 14th, 2009, 01:15 AM   #11
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Ha, if Phil doesn't want to do it I'll come out! (Melbourne, Auckland, all good!)
maybe a trans tasman, week long advanced course?
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Old September 14th, 2009, 02:51 AM   #12
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that would work for me...my 2-day advanced course could easily be expanded. Think there would be interest?
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Old September 14th, 2009, 07:20 AM   #13
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I will be there!
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Old September 18th, 2009, 05:16 AM   #14
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Me too!

Louis Puli & Phil Balsdon are running the course in Melbourne in January 2010 - details over on steadicamforum.com

I will be there. However.. if you ever come down under Charles, i'll be there for that too.
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