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

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

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

B&H # FOTGB MFR # 9781138128798
Focal Press Book: The Grip Book: The Studio Grip's Essential Guide (5th Edition, Hard Cover)

Show MoreLess


Now Viewing:

Special Order
Expected availability: 4-6 weeks

Product Highlights

  • Author: Michael G. Uva
  • Hard Cover: 550 Pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press
  • Date Published: September 2015
  • 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
Show moreShow less

This item is noncancelable and nonreturnable.

$0.00 Tax Collected Outside NY and NJ

You Pay: $134.95

Add to Wish List Item in Wish List

Focal Press 9781138128798 overview

  • 1Description

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.

Hard Cover
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


Table of Contents
  • 1Description

Focal Press 9781138128798 specs

Author Michael G. Uva
Pages 550
Format Hard Cover
Language English
Publisher Focal Press
Edition 5th
ISBN Number 9781138128798
Date Published September 2015

Focal Press 9781138128798 reviews

Be the first to review this item

Focal Press 9781138128798 Q&A

Focal Press 9781138128798 accessories

See any errors on this page? Let us know.