Focal Press Book: The Grip Book: The Studio Grip's Essential Guide (5th Edition, Paperback)

Focal Press Book: The Grip Book: The Studio Grip's Essential Guide (5th Edition, Paperback)

Focal Press Book: The Grip Book: The Studio Grip's Essential Guide (5th Edition, Paperback)

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  • Author: Michael G. Uva
  • Paperback: 550 Pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press
  • Date Published: September 2013
  • Studio Grip Guidebook
  • How to Install/Set up/Maintain Equipment
  • Guidelines for On-Set Etiquette
  • Insert Covering Green Screen Setups
  • Test Section with over 100 Questions
  • European-Specific Grip Term Appendix
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The Grip Book: The Studio Grip's Essential Guide, 5th edition from Focal Press provides you with information to learn the essential skills of a professional grip on a movie or television set. Included are insider tips ranging from how to operate rigging and lighting equipment to performing difficult camera mounts on aircraft, boats, cars, and trains.

Hollywood grip Michael G. Uva teaches you to install, set up, maintain, and ensure the safety of all equipment on a set, such as C-stands, cameras, and any specialty gear needed for a shoot. Guidelines for on-set etiquette and how to succeed as a technical crew member prepare you to be a valuable asset on any film or television crew.

Whether you are a professional grip looking to boost your skills or an aspiring one just beginning to learn the trade, the time-tested tips and techniques for smooth and safe operation on set make this new edition an indispensable reference guide.

Michael G. Uva is a well-respected Hollywood key grip with over 32 years of experience on movies and commercials in both film and television. Credits include films such as Easy A, Kalifornia, and Iron Eagle, and shows such as The League, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Bones. He has taught at UCLA's extension program, Cuyahoga College Cleveland, and Bakersfield Film Commissions, as well as for the Hollywood CPR Program at West Los Angeles College.

The newly enhanced edition has been updated to include:
  • A four-color insert covering green screen setup
  • Technical expertise on maintaining the latest and greatest filmmaking equipment
  • Engaging how-to videos on the companion website, which demonstrate techniques described in the book
  • A completely new test section with over one hundred questions and answers, allowing you to quiz yourself on the techniques and concepts you've just read
  • Guidelines on what a grip must be physically able to perform in their day-to-day duties
  • A European-specific appendix that features a table of European grip terms and their American equivalents


  1. Introduction
  2. Essential Equipment
  3. Expendables
  4. Knots
  5. Basic Tool Descriptions
  6. Filters and Gels
  7. The Rental House
  8. Techniques for Mounting the Camera
  9. Cables, Slings, and Hardware
  10. Lifts
  11. Cranes, Jibs, Arms, Dollies, and Heads
  12. Cranes Mounted on Wheeled Bases
  13. Lenny Arms
  14. Cablecam
  15. Dollies
  16. Precision Cadillac Track and Chapman Lencin
  17. Fluid and Remote Heads
  18. Field Operation
  19. A Professional’s Tips on the Trade
North American / European Grip Appendix


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Focal Press 9780415842372 specs

Author Michael G. Uva
Pages 550
Format Paperback
Language English
Publisher Focal Press
Edition 5th
ISBN Number 9780415842372
Date Published September 2013
Packaging Infoyycuwbcw
Package Weight 1.725 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.95 x 5.95 x 1.55"

Focal Press 9780415842372 reviews

Book: The Grip Book: The Studio Grip's Essential Guide (5th Edition, Paperback) is rated 2.7 out of 5 by 3.
Rated 2 out of 5 by from How can this be? I'm a photographer and bought this book to try and pick up a few ideas here and there. There is a wealth of great information in this book. But for a book directed towards those who assist in making images, the photography illustrating much of the material is so bad as to be worthless. And much of the material depends upon the photographs to illustrate the ideas. This is a serious flaw, and in a fifth edition no less!
Date published: 2016-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everything you need to know Add this book to fine tune your knowledge of gear, their use and their history. Not a bad price either. I've seen it higher on other websites.
Date published: 2016-06-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Very bad Very bad item Black and white image Not included many grip
Date published: 2016-08-17
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