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Steadicam Bronze Workshop

AbelCine is proud to host the Steadicam Bronze Workshops, instructed by Rey Reyes.

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 Bronze Workshop is a unique opportunity for prospective operators to learn the use and application of Steadicam, concentrating on the lighter systems within the Steadicam product line. The workshop is very much hands-on with plenty of practical time actually wearing and using the system.

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 lightweight Steadicam system to best effect and safely.

*In order to maintain the group flow of training and instruction, students and instructors eat lunch together both days. The cost of lunch is included in the cost of the workshop.


Upcoming In-Person Workshop Dates


Thursday - Friday, Jun 29th - 30th
Location: AbelCine, New York
Steadicam Bronze Workshop - NY 06/29-06/30: $600.00


Monday - Tuesday, Jul 17th - 18th
Location: AbelCine, Los Angeles
Steadicam Bronze Workshop - LA 7/17/17 & 7/18/17: $600.00

The course approach is a combination of hands-on and instructor driven however always kept very practical and relevant.

On completion of the training program the participants will be able to:

  1. Assemble the Steadicam and fit camera and all accessories.
  2. Understand the principles of operation of a Steadicam.
  3. Balance the system correctly including dynamic balance.
  4. Put on and adjust the operators vest for best fit.
  5. Adjust the suspension arm for the camera weight.
  6. Understand rest positions.
  7. Start and stop smoothly.
  8. Post pan sled.
  9. Body pan sled.
  10. Track shooting sideways.
  11. Circle the subject.
  12. Walk forward shoot back.
  13. Switch forward and back.
  14. Handle actor sitting and standing from a chair.
  15. Tackle steps and stairs.
  16. Handle corners and corridors to best advantage.
  17. Change to low mode.
  18. Understand blocking out a shot.
  19. Have knowledge of working in adverse conditions.

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.

Participant assessment is via continuous monitoring and appraisal over 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.

Participants may be anyone interested in developing the skills to use light and medium weight Steadicam systems.

Tiffen Steadicam Technical Representatives and/or Tiffen Steadicam Designated & Approved Instructors.

“The Bronze Steadicam Workshop was just what I had hoped it would be – intensive hands-on instruction by a seasoned professional in an environment conducive to the best education possible. The two-day workshop did an amazing job of covering the basics, while at the same time getting me excited for further instruction and practice. Thanks to Tiffen and AbelCine for making it happen!”

Dean, AbelCine Chicago Student

“I’ve always had an interest in operating Steadicam, so this workshop was a perfect introduction. Rey and Nick were fantastic, warm and encouraging. No matter the level of the student, they answered our questions thoroughly and without an ounce of condescension. Their personalities are unfortunately rare in this industry! You can tell they love what they do and are happy to share their knowledge with others. Rey even invited some guests such as Peter Abraham, a man with an illustrious career as a Steadicam op, whose advice and stories took the class to the next level.

AbelCine was an inviting place, and it was awesome that they provided breakfast and lunch both days so we wouldn’t have to waste any time grabbing food.

I only wish this class could have been longer!”

A.K., AbelCine NY Student