Orlando Steadicam LLC - Mike Germond S.O.C.

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Orlando, Florida

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About Me

Professional Steadicam Owner/Operator in Orlando, FL. Heavy experience in Live TV/Event, Commercial, Music Video, Corporate, Concert and Film production. Experienced formats include 35mm, 16mm, Alexa, RED One/Epic, Varicam, XDCAM. Clients include, Golf Channel/NBC Sports, Universal Studios, NBC, Discovery Channel, Food Network, Under Armour, Emilio Estefan, ESPN, FSN, NASCAR, Cisco, Hallmark Channel, PGA of America, SAP.

Since a young age, I was passionate about the technical aspects of Film/Video production, but had no ties to the industry. But one thing I could do on my own was to turn average footage into stunning images through post-production, an itch which began the pursuit for the "Wow Factor", an aesthetic that leaves the audiance asking "how did they do that?"

During college, I pushed open many doors and was blessed with a variety of opportunities to succeed in multiple aspects of the industry. I was hired as a post-production intern at Grand Rapids, MI based Lawrence Productions Inc. where my passion for achieving that "Wow Factor" for the viewers was fueled by observing professionals in the Avid rooms. But it was my experiences outside of the office that introduced me to 35mm film, professional cinematography, and the art of Steadicam. It was clear that I could make images through the camera that moved audiances on a greater scale than anything I could do as an editor.

I had not even graduated college yet, but knew what I wanted to do. I payed my way out to Los Angeles to receive personal Steadicam training from the professionals at Tiffen. Since then, it has been a whirlwind. For my Alma Mater, I produced two feature/magazine and sports highlight shows that still live on, multiple jumbotron and NCAA Football recruiting videos that featured my Steadicam. Since then, I have expanded my skills into the commercial world, translating my ambition into successful marketing campaigns for multiple high end clients. I see every day as an opportunity to one-up myself. I am currently working as the primary Steadicam Operator for the Golf Channel, where I've been successful in creating a flashy, yet polished Steadicam look for the network's first 360° High Definition studio. I am available to consider and book new projects.

I have been in the industry since 2007.

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Added on 6/6/2013

OnBoard a Live TV Steadicam Op's rig w/ Director's Track

Experience Live TV studio production at the Golf Channel through the eyes of the Steadicam Operator. With multiple GoPro HD Hero2 cameras mounted on this Steadicam Ultra2 system, operator Mike…

Clients

ESPN "2015 Tax Slayer Bowl" / Steadicam Op NFL 2014 Season (12 games) / Steadicam Op Big Ten Network 2014 Season (3 games) / Steadicam Op Harry Potter "Diagon Alley" National Ad Campaign / Steadicam Op Discovery "Fast N Loud" Burt Reynolds spots / Steadicam Op Fantine "Reservation for Two" Music Video / Steadicam Op Fantine "Bachata" Music Video / Steadicam Op Fantine "Cry" Music Video / Steadicam Op Fantine "Get Up" Music Video / Steadicam Op Under Armour Duck Dynasty national spot / Steadicam Op PGA of America "Get Golf Ready" / Steadicam Op "Witness Monitor" (2013) Short Film / Steadicam Op Sean Paul Zumba Fitness Concert / Steadicam Op 2013 "General Council" Assemblies of God show / Steadicam Op ESPN "US Open of Karate" / Handheld Op Tim McGraw "Southern Girl" Music Video / Steadicam Op "In Vain" (2013) Short Film / Steadicam Op Universal Studios Japan "Wizarding World of Harry Potter" spots / Steadicam Op Golf Channel's "Feherty Live at the Hard Rock" / Steadicam Op Corinthian Colleges "Parthenon XVII" / Steadicam Op DarYela feat. Timbaland "Lose Control" / Steadicam Op VOA 2013 spot / Steadicam Op Food Network 2012 upfront spot / Steadicam Op Golf Channel "On The Range" series / Steadicam Op Golf Channel "Morning Drive" series / Steadicam Op PGA of America w/ Ted Bishop / Steadicam Op Golf Channel "School of Golf" series / Steadicam Op 2011 "SAP Sapphire Now" show - Media Solutions / Steadicam Op "Perfectly Prudence" (2011) - Hallmark Channel / Steadicam Op Golf Channel "The Golf Fix" series / Steadicam Op Golf Channel 2010 "Live From the Masters" / Steadicam Op Golf Channel "Tom Watson's Lessons of a Lifetime" / Steadicam Op Golf Channel "Top 10" series / Steadicam Op Golf Channel "Golf Central" series / Steadicam Op Maplewood Career Center spot / Steadicam Op Epic Motion "Wedding of Rosmarie & Sam" / Steadicam Op Michigan Community Blood Center spot / Steadicam Op Priority Health spot / Steadicam Op West Michigan Cancer Center spot / Steadicam Op Epic Motion "Wedding of Tara & Nate" / Steadicam Op Grand-Am Road Racing (industrial video) / Steadicam Op NCAA Live Men's Wrestling (2009 season select matches) / Steadicam Op Cisco "Digital Cribs" / Steadicam Op Central Michigan University "Maroon & Gold Magazine" (5 episodes) / Steadicam Op NCAA College Football (2008 season select games) / Steadicam Op Vocal Group Hall of Fame concert series / Steadicam Op

Gear

GPI-PRO / XCS HD Steadicam system for big cameras HD & SD monitors w/ tally system Wireless HD-SDI/HDMI kit w/ Director's Monitor (uncompressed, zero delay) Bartech Wireless Follow Focus/Iris Kit with motors Wireless UHF Teleprompter kit (plus backup Tx/Rx 900 MHz unit) Steadicam Vehicle Hard Mount Power cables for Arri, RED, Sony, Panasonic, Phantom, and most cameras Anton Bauer Dionic 90 kit (simultaneous charger and batteries) Backstage Steadicam Cart w/ pneumatic soft wheels Handsfree Segway w/ Klassen hardmount

Awards

2014 - Emmy Outstanding New Approaches Sports Programming Short Format 2009 - Filmaka 1st Place Brand Award 2009 - Filmaka 2nd Place People's Choice Award 2008 - MAB 1st Place Daily Sportscast 2008 - MAB Hon. Mention Sports Play-by-Play 2008 - MAB 7th time College Station of the Year 2007 - MAB 1st Place Sports Play-by-Play 2007 - MAB 6th time College Station of the Year

Associations / Organizations

Society of Camera Operators (S.O.C.) Steadicam Operators Association