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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 4-color insert covering greenscreen 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 has to 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
Basic Tool Descriptions
Filters and Gels
The Rental House
Techniques for Mounting the Camera
Cables, Slings, and Hardware
Cranes, Jibs, Arms, Dollies, and Heads
Cranes Mounted on Wheeled Bases
Precision Cadillac Track and Chapman Lencin
Fluid and Remote Heads
A Professional’s Tips on the Trade
North American / European Grip Appendix Glossary Index