March 14, 2016 at 10:31AM


Physical Training

As some of you may know making films is very exhausting for your body. Especially DPs (or camera operators) and boom operators have to carry a major load.
So what do you think is the best way to train and prepare for those jobs physicaly?
Any special exercises or warm-ups?


Here's a video that covers the topic very well:

TL;DR : Martial Arts will teach you the proper way to both walk and stand still. If you don't know how to maintain proper balance, your body will work against itself, shortening the useful life of the product (your body).

March 14, 2016 at 10:58AM


The video that Michael posted (Sean Bobbit's workshop) is great to keep in mind. Personally, I have a few different "workout preps" that I do during the time that I'm prepping. I'll usually figure out how much my camera platform will weigh and I'll base a small regiment around that number.

For instance, if I know I'm going to be wielding a RED Scarlet platform with all the bells, it's 20-ish pounds (20.34 is the kit I run with), plus whatever lens. So I'll do some running with 30 pounds on camera shoulder, ten on the other, just to get my body used to the difference in weight that I'll need to operate efficiently. Beyond that, it's just a lot of core things.

It always comes down to balance and being able to take the extra weight without contorting yourself like a circus performer (because that's a solid way to screw up your back...take it from experience.) Also, it's a good idea to find a physical therapist or a chiropractor who might be able to give you a couple more specifics for what might work for you.

March 27, 2016 at 11:37AM

Max Sjoberg
AC / Gaffer / Aerial Cinematographer

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