When you are setting up your lights so you can light your set, all you need are the lights and their stands, right? There is more gear that you need and they fall under the category of grip gear. What is grip gear? In this movie, author Abba Shapiro explains what constitutes as grip gear and what role grip gear plays when setting up lights.
- So what is grip gear, and why is it called that?…First, what is a grip?…Well there are lots of odd sounding job titles…in the end of a movie during the credit sequence.…Gaffer, Best Boy, Key Grip.…Well there are all just fancy names…for different jobs or roles on a movie set.…The Gaffer is the head of the lighting department.…The Best Boy is their right hand man or woman.…Think of the Best Boy as the foreman or liaison…overseeing the grips.…And the Key Grip is simply the Head Grip…or the Grip Supervisor.…
On a movie set, Grips provide support…for the electrical department when setting up the lighting.…Grips handle all the non-electrical equipment…that modifies the light.…Such as setting up stands that hold flags,…and diffusing materials…that control the quality or intensity…or the shape of the light.…So grip gear is all the flags, stands,…modifiers, clamps, and so on,…that these folks use to get the job done.…Noe guess what?…You as the photographer get…to be Gaffer, Best Boy, Key Grip and Grip…all at the same time.…
- 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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