Steadicam Gold Workshop: Apr 9 – 14, 2017 Long Beach, CA, USA


Introduction – A broad outline of the planned training:

Steadicam® is now a commonly used tool within the film and television industry, however it 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 not only be quicker to shoot, but also more dramatic by adding pace and dimension to the shot.

The Tiffen Steadicam Gold 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 program 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 full days plus part day familiarization.

Steadicam Gold Workshops are a total immersion experience, students and instructors stay at the workshop venue for the entirety of the workshop duration and eat all meals together. The cost of student accommodations and meals are included in the cost of the workshop.

Number of Students:

12 – 20

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, participants will be able to:

Assemble the Steadicam and fit camera and all accessories.
Understand the principles of operation of a Steadicam.
Balance the system correctly including dynamic balance.
Put on and adjust the operators vest for best fit.
Adjust the suspension arm for the camera weight.
Understand rest positions.
Start and stop smoothly.
Post pan sled.
Body pan sled.
Track shooting sideways.
Circle the subject.
Walk forward shoot back.
Switch forward and back.
Handle actor sitting and standing from a chair.
Tackle steps and stairs.
Handle corners and corridors to best advantage.
Change to low mode.
Understand and perform vehicle rigging and other grip equipment.
Understand and operate on opposite working sides
Understand blocking out a shot.
Have knowledge of working in adverse conditions.
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 throughout the workshop followed by a 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.


Instructors are highly competent Steadicam operators, hand-picked by Tiffen for their operating skills, communication abilities and enthusiasm for instruction. These often include Garrett Brown (Steadicam inventor), Jerry Holway (Steadicam co-inventor), Chris Fawcett (inventor of the Steadicam Exovest), Robin Thwaites (Steadicam Director if International Sales) and other well-seasoned Steadicam operators from around the world.

Equipment Used:

All equipment will be current model Tiffen Steadicam product except where third party manufactured equipment is required as support. There is no need to bring your own equipment.

This is a Tiffen Steadicam Workshop. Details, content and schedules may be changed without notice.

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