The SOA, Steadicam Operators Association, puts on two annual workshops to train people how to use a Steadicam. This is a stabilization system that allow the operator to move a camera through space as if it's floating. Garrett Brown, the founder, teaches many such workshops all over the world. Finally, at a little college in Wilmore, KY, there is a workshop headed by David Svenson of Carolina Productions.
I took this workshop at Asbury University in 2012 and learned the beautiful craft of operating a Steadicam. Eager for more, I helped with batteries, water, and driving the vehicle for vehicle mount scenarios in 2013. This year, I had the chance to work with some familiar faces and other new ones to put on the same workshop. My role was that of a coordinator. I arranged for actors for the test scenarios, organized food for the instructors, drove Garrett Brown from the airport to the workshop and set him up for his presentation, assisted in teaching students and spotting them, and anything else required of me. I worked with the university staff to ensure the Steadicam instructors had what they needed and vise versa. I loved working this way because I had the opportunity to grow closer to so many people and assist them in teaching/learning.
This year I had the opportunity to learn about telling a story through movement from the master Garrett Brown. In addition, I worked with well respected operators such as David Svenson, Jay Kilroy, Eric LaCasse, Jon Beattie, Matt Fleischmann, and Neil Bryant.
Furthermore, I was reminded of the joy of learning as I watched 20 students inflamed with a passion for story and the possibilities with which it can be be told. I cannot wait to work with these amazing people and others like them again. I hope to continue to better my skill with storytelling through a moving camera.