From C-stands to light diffusion to clamps and gadgets, this DVD educates and equips you to correctly use the tools that can increase the value of your production. Whether you are working on set design, lighting, or you are the assistant director, director of photography, produciton coordinator, art director, location manager, or independent producer, this video will benefit anyone who is seeking to learn the basic function of a video production grip.
With so much equipment on the market today, how do you know what tools are really essential? This production grip video, presented by the DVPA, breaks down the fundamental tools used by a grip, so that educated choices can be made based on your production needs. Through an inside look at real-world situations, this training program is designed with practical applicaiton in mind.
About The Hosts
Fess Shelton is a seasoned production veteran with over twenty years of experience working on corporate video, independent films and the occasional studio film. Fess has worked primarily as a key grip, dolly grip, rigging grip and scenic carpenter.
Danielle, the DV Diva, has been a part of the production industry in many capacities including acting, make-up artistry, and assisting producers for productions both big and small. Danielle frequently hosts the DVPA podcasts.
1. Stands: the foundation for grip equipment (2:45 minutes)
Learn the various types and uses for the C Stand.
2. Gobos: light modification (4:55 minutes)
Learn the various types and uses of nets, flags, silks, gels, and the cookaloris.
3. Reflectors: light re-direction (6:40 minutes)
Learn what tools bounce light best (based on your need) including: reflectors, mirrors, foam boards, shiny boards and specialty items like "Elvis".
4. Clamps and Gadgets: mounting hardware for grip gear and lights (13:45 minutes)
Learn the practical application for over thirty devices most frequently used on set. Learn about grip to ground connectors, C47s, pancakes, doughnuts, butterflies, lollipops, "cheeseburgers", silks and much more.
5. Apple Boxes: the original "man-makers" (3:00 minutes)
Learn why the Apple Box is the second most necessary item on a set.
6. Butterflies and Overheads: light modification for exteriors (8:16 minutes)
Learn the proper way to build and use oversized diffusion set-ups for natural light.
7. Set Demonstration: More Practical Application (6:00 minutes)
Learn how and why to use snot tape, a mountain leg, gobo head, flag, open frame and even a tennis ball to improve your shoot.
8. The Shop Tour and Tool Belt Essentials (5:22 minutes)
Explore the essential carpentry tools and belt gadgets necessary for a grip.
9. Tour of the Grip Trailer (5:23 minutes)
Understand the importance of organization and weight distribution for your grip gear.
10. Apple Box Construction (8:17 minutes)
Learn the step-by-step process for making your own apple boxes.
11. Round-Table Discussion (18:50 minutes)
Seasoned veterans talk about industry trends, safety on the set, favorite techniques, the importance of attitude and the role of the problem solver.