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Uva's Rigging Guide for Studio and Location

Book Description

Readers of Mike Uva's GRIP BOOK who are interested in more detailed information on the work of the grip department will welcome his new rigging manual, clearly detailing all the ways to mount cameras and lights both on a set as well as on location.

The book covers the latest truss systems, rigging equipment and portable stages, as well as lifts, boom arms and camera mounts for every type of moving vehicle. The book is not limited to equipment specifications, however; Uva offers tips and tricks throughout in order to make the process of setting up and shooting safer and more efficient. Grips often need to invent makeshift solutions in a short time, and Uva shares many such devices developed over his years in the film and TV industry. This book will help grips and key grips move on to the bigger feature projects and commercials that require this equipment. It will also be useful for directors of photography and producers in pre-planning the required equipment for specific shots.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Half Title
  3. Title Page
  4. Copyright Page
  5. Dedication
  6. Table of Contents
  7. Contributing Companies
  8. About the Author
  9. Acknowledgments
  10. What This Book Is About
  11. Warning/Disclaimer
  12. The Big Break, by Ron Dexter
    1. New on the Set
    2. Offering Expert Advice
    3. Offering a Hand
    4. Don't Be a Hero
    5. Set Etiquette
    6. Location Etiquette-Getting Along with Locals
    7. Teachers and Students
    8. Can We Help?
    9. Examples of Bad Bosses
    10. My, My, My
    11. Titles
    12. From Production
    13. From Other Departments
    14. The Morning of the Shoot
    15. Etiquette for Leaders
    16. Personality Problems
    17. Always Out of Line for Crews
    18. Out of Line for Production
    19. Always in Line for Production
    20. How Not to Get Hired Next Time
    21. How to Get Hired Again
    22. Company Vehicles
    23. Filling Out Time Cards
    24. Crews and Their Own Equipment
    25. The Professional Look
    26. Leaders: Facilitator or Dictator
      1. The Facilitator
      2. The Dictator
    27. Crew Issues to Address
    28. “Juices”
    29. Résumés
    30. Call Time
    31. Wrap Time
    32. An Eager Attitude
    33. Peer Evaluation
    34. Health on the Set
    35. The Answering Machine
    36. Success and the Ego
    37. Financial Responsibility
    38. Ron Dexter's Suggested Book Source List
      1. Sources
      2. Publishers
  13. A Professional's Point of View
  14. Hotel Awareness
  15. Fluid and Remote Heads
    1. Fluid Heads
      1. Weaver Steadman Fluid Head
      2. Balanced Fluid Heads
      3. Pearson Balanced Fluid Heads
    2. Remote Heads
      1. MicroShot Head
    3. Hot Shot
    4. Mini Hot Head
    5. Hot Head II
    6. Hot Head II Plus
    7. HD Hot Head
    8. Hot Head S/NTS
    9. Pee-Pod 1000 Video Remote Head
    10. Power Pod System
      1. The Head
      2. The Electric Control Module
      3. The Command System
    11. Cam-Remote Systems
      1. Mini-Mote Head Configurations
    12. Scorpio II Three-axis Remote Head
    13. Libra III
  16. Cablecam
    1. General Information
    2. The Accompanying Crew
    3. Cablecam Motion Control System
    4. Camera Payloads
  17. Helmet Camera System 35 mm Point of View
  18. Steadi-Cam
  19. The PogoCam System
  20. Aircraft-Helicopter Remote Heads
    1. Wescam
      1. Image Stability
      2. Capabilities
      3. Installation and Equipment Applications
      4. Air: Helicopter
      5. Air: Fixed-wing Airplane
      6. Air: Airship, Blimp
      7. Air: Tether Balloon
      8. Land
      9. Sea
      10. Cameras and Lenses
      11. Video Systems
    2. Gyron Stabilized Gimbal, Model 935
    3. Gyrosphere
    4. SpaceCam
      1. Camera Formats
      2. Applications
      3. Contact
    5. Arri 535
      1. Lear Nose Mount
      2. Belly Mount
    6. Continental Camera Systems, Inc.
      1. Magnum Mount
      2. Outside Mount
      3. Belly Mount
    7. Tyler Camera Systems
      1. Tyler System Supplemental Type Certificate
      2. Tyler Middle Mount
      3. Tyler Nose Mount
      4. Tyler Major Mount
  21. Mounts
    1. Power Grip or Super Grip
    2. Camera Clamp
    3. Dolly
      1. Minislider Dolly
      2. SR71 Dolly
    4. Specialized Rigging
    5. Hardware
    6. High Hat
      1. J. L. Fisher Leveling High Hat
      2. Dexter High Hats
    7. Other Materials
      1. The Mystery of Pipe, Tube, Conduit, etc., by Ron Dexter
      2. Starter Plugs and Starter Connectors
  22. Insert Camera Cars
    1. Insert Car Facts
    2. Shotmaker Camera Cars
      1. Shotmaker Elite
      2. Shotmaker Premier
      3. Shotmaker Classic
      4. Shotmaker Standard
  23. Underwater Camera Rigs
    1. HydroFlex
      1. Underwater Camera Housings
      2. Underwater Camera Accessories
      3. Exposure Meter Housings
      4. Underwater Lighting Systems
    2. Scubacam
      1. Splash Housings for Betacam Cameras
      2. Rain Covers
  24. ShowRig Truss Systems
    1. Framework
    2. Chain Motors and Controls
    3. Speed Grid Systems
    4. Trusses
    5. Ground Support Systems
    6. Hangers
    7. Decks
    8. Access Tower
    9. Trolleys and Track
  25. Cable, 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
  26. Staging Systems
    1. Ferrellels
    2. Steeldeck
  27. Lifts
    1. Condors and Cherry Pickers
    2. Scissors Lifts
    3. Suppliers
      1. Genie Industries
      2. Eagle High Reach
      3. JLG Industries, Inc.
    4. Additional Equipment
  28. Glossary