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The Grip Book, 4th Edition

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The Grip Book, Fourth Edition has been updated and revised to be even more valuable to professional grips-the "jack-of-all-trades and master of all" on a film or video set. Grips install, set up, maintain, and ensure the safety of all equipment needed on a set, such as lighting stands, cameras, and any specialty equipment needed for a shoot. This new edition contains the latest information about the latest equipment and has been updated to reflect changes in the industry including CGI screen setup and 'cleaning up the perms.' The Grip Book also teaches readers how to become a professional grip and have a successful career, and will continue to be an indispensable learning tool and reference for grips of all experience levels.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Halftitle
  3. Title
  4. Copyright
  5. Dedication
  6. Contents
  7. Contributing Companies, Manufacturers, and Suppliers
  8. Note from the Author
  9. About the Author
  10. Acknowledgments
  11. What Could Happen On Your Way to the Throne!
  12. A Bit of Encouragement
  13. Companion Website
  14. Introduction
    1. What This Book Is About
      1. About the Equipment
      2. Tricks of the Trade (T.O.T.)
    2. Getting Started
    3. A Little Grip History
    4. The Grip Department
      1. Key Grip
      2. Best Boy Grip
      3. Grips
    5. A Typical Day for a Grip
      1. Call Time
      2. Setting up a Shoot
    6. Call Sheet
      1. Front Side of Call Sheet
      2. Back Side of Call Sheet
      3. Warehouse Stages
      4. How It Goes on the Set
    7. Grip Job Description (From a Medical Perspective)
      1. What to Expect
      2. Pace on the Set
      3. What Key Grips Like
    8. Warning/Disclaimer
  15. 1. The Big Break (Strictly for the Brand-New Grip!)
    1. Set Etiquette
      1. Call Time
      2. New on the Set
      3. Offering Expert Advice
      4. Offering a Hand
      5. Can We Help?
      6. Don’t Be a Hero
      7. Titles
      8. These Are Always Out of Line for Crews
      9. Wrap Time
    2. Being a Professional Crew Member
      1. An Eager Attitude
      2. How to Get Hired Again
      3. How Not to Get Hired Again
      4. Personality Problems
      5. Résumés
      6. Peer Evaluation
      7. The Answering Machine
      8. Company Vehicles
      9. Examples of Bad Bosses
      10. My, My, My
      11. Being a Good Communicator
      12. Teachers and Students
    3. Being Professional When You’re Boss
      1. The Morning of the Shoot
      2. Always in Line for Production
      3. Always Out of Line for Production
      4. Filling Out the Time Card
      5. Crew Issues to Address
      6. From Other Departments
    4. Location Etiquette: Getting Along with Locals
    5. Some Thoughts on Equipment
      1. Crews and Their Own Equipment
      2. The Professional Look
      3. Health on the Set
    6. Last Thoughts and Parting Advice
      1. “Juices”
      2. Success and the Ego
      3. Financial Responsibility
    7. Ron Dexter’s Suggested Book and Source List
      1. Sources
      2. Publishers
  16. 2. Essential Equipment
    1. Apple Boxes
    2. Baby Plates
    3. Bar Clamp Adapter Pin
    4. Basso Block
    5. Bazooka
    6. Bead Board Holder
    7. Big Ben Clamp
    8. Branch Holder
      1. C-Clamp Branch Holder
      2. Tree Branch Holder
    9. Cable Crossovers
    10. C-Clamps
    11. Camera Wedge
    12. Cardellini Clamp
    13. Chain Vise Grips
    14. Clipboard
    15. Condor Bracket
    16. Cribbing
    17. Crowder Hanger
    18. Cucoloris
    19. Cup Blocks
    20. Dots and Fingers
    21. Drop Ceiling Scissor Clamp/Cable Holder
    22. Drop-Down, 45-Degree Angle
    23. Empty Frames
    24. Flag Box/Scrim Box
    25. Flags and Cutters
      1. Cutters
    26. Flexarms
    27. Furniture Clamp
    28. Furniture Pad
    29. Gaffer Grip
    30. Grid Clamp
    31. Grifflon
    32. Grip Clip
    33. Grip/Electrical Stage Box
    34. Grip Helper
    35. Grounding Rod/Spike
    36. Hand Truck
    37. Ladder
    38. Lamppost System (by Backstage Equipment)
    39. Mafer Clamp
    40. Matt Pipe Adapter Baby
    41. Matt Poles—Polecats
    42. Meat Ax
    43. Miniboom
    44. Muscle Truck (by Backstage Equipment)
    45. No-Nail Hanger
    46. Offset Arms
    47. Parallels
    48. Pipe Clamp, Baby
    49. Pipe Clamp, Junior
    50. Pony Pipe Clamp
    51. Poultry Bracket (Matthews)
    52. Putty Knife
    53. Reflector
    54. Reflector Slip-Ons (Scrims)
    55. Sandbags
    56. Scrims–Grip
      1. Single Net
      2. Double Net
      3. Lavender Net
      4. Silk
    57. Scrims, Butterfly Kits
      1. Silks
    58. Scrims, Flex
    59. Side Arms
    60. Stair Blocks
    61. Stand Adapter Pin
    62. Stands
      1. C-Stand
      2. C-Stand Operation
      3. Low-Boy Stand
      4. Reflector (Combo/Light) Stand
      5. Overhead (High Roller) Stand
      6. Overhead Stand Usage
      7. Stand Extensions (Riser)
    63. Studio Overhead Grip Arm
    64. Taco Carts
    65. T-Bone
    66. Telescoping Hanger-Stirrup
    67. Trapeze
    68. Trombone
    69. Tube Stretcher
    70. Tubing Hanger
    71. Turtle
    72. Umbrella
    73. Wall Bracket (Set)
    74. Wall Plate-Junior
    75. Wall Sled
    76. Wall Spreader
    77. Wedges
  17. 3. Expendables
    1. Automatic Tape Gun (ATG) Tape
    2. Baby Powder
    3. Bead Board
    4. Black Wrap
    5. Bobinett
    6. Butcher Paper
    7. Clothespins (C-47s)
    8. Drywall Screws
    9. Dulling Spray
    10. Duvatyne
    11. Foam Core
    12. Grip Chains
    13. Laminated Glass
    14. Layout Board
    15. Lexan
    16. Penny Nails (#8 and #16)
    17. Plywood
    18. Pushpin
    19. Sash Cord #8
    20. Show Card
    21. Silicone Spray
    22. Spray Glue
    23. Spray Oil
    24. Staples
    25. Stove Pipe Wire
    26. Streaks ‘n’ Tips ®
    27. Tapes
      1. Camera Tape
      2. Double-Faced Tape
      3. Gaffer or Grip Tape
      4. Paper Tape
    28. Visqueen
  18. 4. Knots
    1. Bowline Knot
    2. Clove Hitch Knot
    3. Half Hitch Knot
    4. Square Knot
  19. 5. Basic Tool Descriptions
    1. Standard Screwdriver (Common or Blade Type)
    2. Phillips Screwdriver
    3. Reed and Prince Screwdriver
    4. Files
    5. Hacksaw
    6. Lineman Pliers
    7. Torpedo Level
    8. Crosscut Saw
    9. Circular Saw and Blades
    10. Drill Bits
    11. Mat Knife
    12. Tape Measure
    13. Reel Tape Measure
    14. Claw Hammer
    15. Personal Tools
      1. Personal Tool Belt
      2. Everyday Basic Tools for a Grip’s Personal Toolbox
      3. Power Tools
      4. Useful Items to Also Carry
      5. Recommended Personal Gear Clothing for Sets
  20. 6. Filters and Gels
    1. Fluorescent Light Filters
    2. Arc Light Filters
    3. Tungsten Conversion Filters
    4. Neutral Density Filters
    5. Daylight Conversion Filters
  21. 7. Techniques for Mounting the Camera
    1. Speed-Rail® Tubing and Fittings
    2. Power Grip or Super Grip (Mounting Technique)
    3. Camera Clamp
    4. Minislider SR-71 Dolly (Mounting Technique)
    5. SR-71 Dolly Features
    6. ShowRig Truss System
  22. 8. Cables, Slings, and Hardware
    1. Miniature Cable
    2. Wire Rope
      1. Wires
      2. Strands
      3. Core
    3. Spreader Beams
    4. Sling Types
    5. Glossary of Cables and Slings
    6. Staging Systems
      1. Ferrellels
      2. Steeldeck
  23. 9. Lifts
    1. Condors and Cherry Pickers
    2. Scissors Lifts
    3. Suppliers
    4. Additional Equipment
  24. 10. Cranes, Jibs, Arms, Dollies, and Heads
    1. Cranes and Communication Systems
    2. Spotting the Post
    3. Motorized Cranes
  25. 11. Cranes Mounted on Wheeled Bases
  26. 12. Lenny Arms
  27. 13. Cablecam
    1. General Information
    2. Cablecam Motion Control System
  28. 14. Dollies
    1. Doorway Dolly
    2. Western Dolly
    3. Tube Dolly
    4. Fisher #11 Crab Dolly
      1. Specifications
      2. Features
      3. Standard Accessories
      4. Optional Accessories
    5. Fisher #10 Crab Dolly
      1. Specifications
      2. Standard Accessories
      3. Optional Accessories
    6. Fisher #9 Crab Dolly
      1. Specifications
      2. Features
      3. Standard Accessories
      4. Optional Accessories
    7. Chapman Pedolly
    8. Chapman Peewee
    9. Chapman Super Peewee IV
    10. Chapman Hustler
    11. Chapman Hustler II
    12. Chapman Hustler III
    13. Chapman Hybrid
    14. Chapman Hybrid II
    15. Chapman Hybrid III
    16. Chapman Sidewinder
  29. 15. Precision Cadillac Track and Chapman Lencin
    1. Precision Cadillac Track
    2. Chapman Lencin
  30. 16. Fluid and Remote Heads
    1. Flight Head
    2. Hot Head
    3. Kenworthy Snorkel Camera Systems (Remote)
    4. Libers III
    5. Oppenheimer Spin-Axis 360 Head (Remote)
    6. Pearson Fluid Head
    7. Power Pod
    8. Weaver/Steadman Fluid Head
    9. Weaver/Steadman’s “ds Remote ™ ”
  31. 17. General Tricks of the Trade
  32. 18. The Rental House
    1. Day 1
  33. 19. Field Operation
    1. Green Screen
    2. Mounts
      1. The Insert Trailer
      2. Hard Gels
    3. Dollies
      1. Laying Dolly Track
      2. Installing the Dolly on the Track
      3. Making a Correction
      4. Marks
      5. The Studebaker
    4. Camera Mount/Base
      1. Adjustable Riser
      2. Checking the Cloud Movement
    5. Rigging on Stage and Location
      1. The Perms
      2. The Perms/Rafters
      3. Cleaning Up Rope
      4. Fall Protection/Fire Escape
      5. Green Beds
      6. Meat Axe
      7. Rigging
      8. Sets
      9. Mock-up Cockpit
      10. Set Bracing
      11. Set Snow
      12. Set Safety (Safety Zones)
      13. Sets
    6. Rigging on Location
      1. Rigging on the Face of a Building
      2. Wonderful Gizmos
      3. Cheese Plate
      4. Building a COVE/Blackening Out
      5. Rigging a Lamp on Parallels
      6. High Hat Package
    7. The Cloud
      1. Making a Burrito Roll
  34. Glossary
  35. Index