SOA Awards First DiGiulio Scholarship
Hauppauge, NY, October 27, 2005 - The Tiffen Company, manufacturer of Steadicam Camera Stabilizing Systems, joins the Steadicam Operators Association, founded by Steadicam inventor Garrett Brown and Nicola Pecorini, in announcing the first Edmund DiGiulio Steadicam Scholarship to New York based Alastair Christopher. He will attend the October 2005, Yellow Springs Workshop, which is sponsored by The Tiffen Company.
The scholarship has been established posthumously in honor of Ed DiGiulio, founder of Cinema Products Corp. Tiffen acquired Cinema Products Corp in 2002. DiGiulio was a driving force behind numerous industry technical innovations, including the Mitchell BNCR conversion, CineVid video assist, as well as the development of the popular CP-16/16R cameras. In 2001, the Academy recognized DiGiulio’s dedication to the art and science of motion pictures with the prestigious Gordon E. Sawyer Lifetime Achievement Oscar.
“Ed welcomed me to Hollywood,” says Garrett Brown, “and gave my wild new invention its name.” It was DiGiulio who saw the potential in Brown’s image-stabilizing device and funded development of this new invention. In 1978, Brown and the Cinema Products engineering staff won an Oscar for the invention and development of the Steadicam.
Jonathan Hock of Hock Films nominated Christopher for the scholarship. He’d met him while doing an “at-risk” youth film workshop in New York. “It was like he was born with a camera in his hand,” Hock says. Christopher began working on documentary productions and an ESPN series. In his nomination letter, Hock acknowledges that the workshop will “develop Alastair’s skills with the Steadicam to elevate his job prospects and marketability in New York.”
The Steadicam Operators Association was founded in 1988 to connect skilled Steadicam operators with motion picture directors and producers. Today, the SOA represents Steadicam operators worldwide, providing contact information to the entire film and video industry on www.steadicam.ops.com. The association organizes and conducts Steadicam workshops throughout the world. In addition to the Yellow Springs Pennsylvania workshop, the SOA participates along with the Tiffen Company in workshops in Chile, Stockholm, Melbourne and Paris.
Tiffen corporate offices and factory are located in Hauppauge, NY. Steadicam factory and sales offices are in Glendale, CA.