Introduction to Stabilizers Workshop

This intense two-day workshop is designed for aspiring Steadicam Operators who have no experience and those who have some experience or a new rig and wish to formalize or refresh their skills. You will leave with a solid foundation in all the essential elements of operating and on the right track with a practice plan and understanding of the business and equipment. If you are in the market to buy equipment you will also leave with a complete overview of all stabilizer systems on the market including PRO, XCS, Steadicam™ and others along with a base of knowledge to interview manufacturers and ask the right questions.



Professional Level Stabilizers

Professional Level Stabilizers provided with HD monitors. If you already own a rig you are welcome to bring and use it as well.**

Professional Cameras

Professional Cameras – Typically RED and ARRI Mini variants, full size ENG cameras or ARRI Alexas depending on availability. If you want a specific camera I’ll try to get that for you but no promises due to availability.

Professional Accessories

Professional Accessories including Preston follow focus and Teradek wireless transmitters.

Customized Curriculum

A customized written curriculum based on your needs.

Exclusive Training Workshop

Training at our various locations in LA and Las Vegas or at your location.

Review & Evaluation

Video recording, review and evaluation of your operating technique before and after including a take-home disk or USB flashdrive with all the recorded files.

Lunch Provided

A hearty healthy lunch plus ample snacks and beverages are provided throughout the day. The lunch break is a working lunch where we continue discussing the gear, techniques and equipment.

Specific topics covered during the two-day introductory workshop:

• Basic Safety Procedure
• System Assembly
• Static Balance
• Vest Fitting
• Arm Adjustments
• Socket Block Adjustments
• Proper hand placement and grip
• Proper stance and body position
• Use of hips and pelvis
• Starting and Stopping
• Missionary Operating Position
• Professional Kit and Accessory Review
• Kit Build in Low Mode
• Pan, Tilt, Whip Pans
• Standing / Sitting
• Circling / Roundy Rounds
• Line Dances: The Next Steps: Don Juan, Tango and running
• Switches and Combinations
• Negotiating doors, curbs, stairs and other obstacles
• Practice Scenarios! Putting it all together!
• How To Pick The Right Rig For You!
• Business Practices and Rate Structures for Now and Later



Cost: $2,000 per person

There is no credit for providing your own rig.

Terms: 50% non-refundable deposit*

Balance due at the beginning of the workshop.

Payment methods:

Cash or check. We also accept, PayPal, Visa, MasterCard and American Express with a 5% administration fee for all credit and debit card transactions.

* Cancellation Policy:

Workshop deposits are non-refundable. However, this is all about you and I’m very flexible. As professionals it is sometimes advantageous to reschedule your dates if you are offered other work or jobs that conflict with the date scheduled for your workshop. Sometimes life just happens. As an active working Steadicam Operator, I will always honor your dates but flexibility goes both ways and mutual flexibility would be appreciated.

** All brands of rigs are welcome but not all models are appropriate for our professional workshops.

Your rig must be in good working order, able to be fitted to your body and capable of carrying and powering a camera package of at least 20+ pounds. DSLR and small camera workshops are not required to meet the 20 pound limit. You are responsible for providing all appropriate cables for your rig and the camera / accessories. If in doubt about your rig please call. Otherwise our rigs are there for your use at no additional charge. You must also sign a damage and loss liability waiver for your own rig.