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Uva's Basic Grip Book

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While the technology of filmmaking has changed dramatically over the last 20 years, the basics of effective studio gripping are the same-a thorough knowledge of equipment, safety, and tools remains the foundation for success. A heavily illustrated reference and learning tool, Uva's Basic Grip Book provides grounding in basic grip equipment, techniques, and safety issues. It distills the most beginner-friendly information offered in Uva's original Grip Book into a handy reference and guide prepared especially for the beginning professional.

Updated with the latest studio grip equipment, the book also offers a complete list of personal grip tools that every grip should have, more than 100 tricks of the trade, and a review test designed to affirm new knowledge. Uva's Basic Grip Book also offers safety tips for gripping, detailed descriptions of positions within the grip department, and advice designed to help land that first job and get established in this very competitive industry. A fully updated and expanded glossary completes the book.


Uva's Basic Grip Book covers beginners' most frequently asked questions and helps them to acquire basic skills. It also looks at the different positions within the grip department and offers helpful advice in getting that first job.

Like its predecessor, Uva's Basic Grip Book is filled throughout with Tricks of the Trade, as well as tips on common practice and safety. An improved and expanded glossary completes the book.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Half Title
  3. Title Page
  4. Copyright
  5. Dedication
  6. Contents
  7. Contributing Companies
    1. Manufacturers or Suppliers
    2. Illustrations
  8. Letter from the Author
  9. About the Author
  10. Acknowledgments
  11. Introduction
    1. What This Book Is About
      1. About the Equipment
      2. Tricks of the Trade—T.O.T.
    2. Getting Started
      1. A Little Grip History
      2. The Grip Department
      3. Always Be Prepared
    3. A Typical Day for a Grip
      1. Call Time
      2. Setting up a Shoot
      3. Warehouse Stages
      4. How It Goes on the Set
      5. What to Expect
      6. Pace on the Set
    4. Words of Advice
      1. What Key Grips Like
      2. A Professional’s Point of View
      3. Fraternizing with the Boss
    5. Advice for a Long Career
      1. Hotel Awareness
    6. Getting That First Job
      1. The Questions
      2. The Answers
    7. Warning/Disclaimer
  12. The Big Break
    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. 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
    3. Etiquette for Leaders
      1. Leaders: Facilitators or Dictators
      2. Examples of Bad Bosses
      3. My, My, My
      4. Being a Good Communicator
      5. Teachers and Students
    4. 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 Production
      7. From Other Departments
    5. Location Etiquette—Getting Along with Locals
    6. Some Thoughts on Equipment
      1. Crews and Their Own Equipment
      2. The Professional Look
    7. Health on the Set
      1. Soft Drinks
      2. Coffee
      3. Kissing
      4. Cold and Flu
      5. Smoke Masks
      6. Spray Paints
      7. Camera Eyepiece
      8. Hot Weather
      9. Cold Weather
      10. Bee Stings
      11. Makeup and Hair Products
    8. Last Thoughts and Parting Advice
      1. “Juices”
      2. Success and the Ego
      3. Financial Responsibility
    9. Ron Dexter’s Suggested Book and Source List
      1. Sources
      2. Publishers
  13. Grip Equipment Guide
    1. Basic Equipment
      1. Apple Boxes
      2. Baby Plate
      3. Bar Clamp Adapter Pin
      4. Basso Block
      5. Bazooka
      6. Bead Board Holder
      7. Big Ben Clamp
      8. Branch Holder
      9. Branch Holder—Tree
      10. Cable Crossovers
      11. C-Clamp
      12. Camera Wedge
      13. Cardellini Clamp
      14. Chain Vise Grips
      15. Clipboard
      16. Condor Bracket
      17. Cribbing
      18. Crowder Hanger
      19. Cucoloris
      20. Cup Blocks
      21. Doorway Dolly
      22. Dots and Fingers
      23. Drop Ceiling Scissor Clamp/Cable Holder
      24. Drop Down, 45-Degree Angle
      25. Empty Frames
      26. Flag Box/Scrim Box
      27. Flags and Cutters
      28. Flexarms
      29. Furniture Clamp
      30. Furniture Pad
      31. Gaffer Grip
      32. Grid Clamp
      33. Grifflon
      34. Grip Clip
      35. Grip/Electrical Stage Box
      36. Grip Helper
      37. Grounding Rod/Spike
      38. Hand Truck
      39. Ladder
      40. Lamppost System (by Back Stage Equipment)
      41. Mafer Clamp
      42. Matt Pipe Adapter Baby
      43. Matt Poles—Polecats
      44. Meat Ax
      45. Miniboom
      46. Muscle Truck (by Back Stage)
      47. No-Nail Hanger
      48. Offset Arms
      49. Parallels
      50. Pipe Clamp Baby
      51. Pipe Clamp Junior
      52. Pipe/Tube/Sled Dolly
      53. Pony Pipe Clamp
      54. Poultry Bracket (Matthews)
      55. Putty Knife
      56. Reflector
      57. Reflector Slip-ons (Scrims)
      58. Sandbags
      59. Scrims—Grip
      60. Scrims—Butterfly Kits
      61. Scrims—Flex
      62. Side Arms
      63. Stair Blocks
      64. Stand Adapter Pin
      65. Stands
      66. Stand Extensions
      67. Studio Overhead Grip Arm
      68. Taco Carts
      69. T-Bone
      70. Telescoping Hanger—Stirrup
      71. Trapeze
      72. Trombone
      73. Tube Stretcher
      74. Tubing Hanger
      75. Turtle
      76. Umbrella
      77. Wall Sled
      78. Wall Spreader
      79. Wall Bracket (Set)
      80. Wall Plate—Junior
      81. Wedges
      82. Western Dolly
    2. 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. Foamcore
      12. Grip Chain
      13. Laminated Glass
      14. Layout Board
      15. Lexan
      16. Penny Nails, #8 and #16
      17. Plywood
      18. Pushpins
      19. Sash Cord #8
      20. Show Card
      21. Silicone Spray
      22. Spray Glue
      23. Spray Oil
      24. Staples
      25. Stove Pipe Wire
      26. Streaks and Tips
      27. Tapes
      28. Visqueen
    3. Knots
      1. Bowline Knot
      2. Clove Hitch Knot
      3. Half Hitch Knot
      4. Square Knot
    4. 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. Circle Saw and Blades
      10. Drill Bits
      11. Matt Knife
      12. Tape Measure
      13. Reel Tape Measure
      14. Claw Hammer
    5. Personal Tools
      1. Personal Tool Belt
      2. Everyday Basic Tools for a Grip’s Toolbox
      3. Mike Uva’s Tool Belt
      4. Recommended Personal Gear
      5. Personal Electronic Equipment (a Must)
    6. Call Sheet
      1. Front Side of Call Sheet
      2. Back Side of Call Sheet
    7. Filters and Gels
      1. Fluorescent Light Filters
      2. Arc Light Filters
      3. Tungsten Conversion Filters
      4. Neutral Density Filters
      5. Daylight Conversion Filters
    8. Basic Grip Truck Package
    9. Grip Review Test
      1. Grip Test Answer Sheet
    10. Quick Reference Conversion Charts
      1. Fluid
      2. Weights
      3. Length
      4. Temperature
    11. Mike Uva’s Suggested Books
  14. Glossary
    1. Terms Used Daily
  15. Index