Probably the largest and most used category of items that you will have in your grip kit is stands and plates. No matter what, you will need something to hold up your lights. What grip gear falls under stand and plates? In this movie, author Abba Shapiro demonstrates the importance of including boom stands in your grip kit.
- A boom stand is a combo unit that combines…a light stand and a boom arm.…Now, you would use this usually when…a regular arm isn't long enough,…when you really want to get some distance…to fly a light or to fly a modifier…over your set or over your talent.…Now, it consists of a really strong arm…and a really strong stand with a good, solid base…and that's important because you're really…kind of counterbalancing potentially a lot of weight…if you're hanging a light off there,…and because you have so much weight on this side,…you want to put a sandbag on the opposite side…and the nice thing about this boom arm…is you can actually hang your counterbalance…on the opposite side of the arm,…giving you a nice control over your light.…
Now the key here is to use a sandbag or a weight…that's equal to the weight at the opposite end…so that you're not overpowering it.…So in the case of a light, I have a medium-weight sandbag,…but if I just was flying a modifier that was really light,…I might not need a sandbag at all.…But what's still important is whether you have…
- What is a grip kit?
- Organizing and transporting your grip gear
- Using stands and plates
- Mounting equipment with clamps
- Controlling and shaping light
- Powering your shoots
- Staying safe: important safety gear
Skill Level Intermediate
1. Why Do You Need Grip Gear?
What is a grip kit?1m 3s
2. Stands and Plates
4. Controlling and Shaping Light
6. Safety Equipment and Essential Items
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