Steadicam Silver Certification

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The Tiffen Steadicam Silver 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.

Duration
3 days (9.30am - 5.30pm)

Date
29 - 31 Oct 2018 (Mon - Wed)

Price

S$ 1890 before 7% GST
S$ 2022.30 after 7% GST

This course is supported for up to 90% subsidy under the IMDA Talent Assistance Scheme.
In addition media freelancers can apply for a S$ 7.50 per hour training allowance.
Availability and amount of subsidies and grants are subject to IMDA.More information about application procedures and terms here.

Course Outline

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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 Silver 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 main difference between the Silver and Bronze workshops is length of time, with the longer Silver workshops affording more time for instruction.
On completion of the training program the 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 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 course

Please see below for  highlight reels :

Steadicam China Silver workshop 2014 at the Beijing Film Academy from Dan Chung on Vimeo.

Prerequisites

This is a very hands on course with a significant amount of physical activity. Participants should be of reasonable fitness with no medical conditions (heart condtion,back problems etc) that preclude them from physical exertion and carrying equipment. Participants should dress comfortably with covered shoes.

Participants should also be familiar with camera basics and operation.

About the Instructor

Wan Zhong Wei

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To operate a Steadicam is like doing a dance, structured but with finesse and yet able to tell a story. Although Zhong Wei is not a dancer by nature, he is able to move together as if he is one with the camera. He has had a deep interest in the art of the moving camera since 2009.

Being technically proficient  with various camera formats, Zhong Wei is able to perform to his fullest potential even in the most demanding situations. He has collaborated with Directors and DPs locally and internationally such as Taiwan, China, Malaysia, United States and the United Kingdom.

As a firm believer of education, Zhong Wei has been an instructor on several Tiffen Steadicam-accredited workshops since 2013. These have brought him to Philippines and China (Beijing Film Academy) for the Steadicam Bronze and Silver workshops, educating and inspiring many other Steadicam operators alike. Zhongwei has also assisted in several of AV8's camera movement and DSLR Cinematography courses where he covers camera movement tools like the DJI Ronin and various Steadicam and Glidecam models. Zhong Wei is also constantly delving into different aspects of the camera language and continues to hone his skill in the art of Steadicam .