Class on Demand Training Video: Getting a Handle on Grip (Download)

Class on Demand Training Video: Getting a Handle on Grip (Download)

Class on Demand Training Video: Getting a Handle on Grip (Download)

Class on Demand Training Video: Getting a Handle on Grip (Download)

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  • Instructors: Fess Shelton & Danielle
  • Learn Use of Fundamental Grip Tools
  • Make Educated Choices Based on Needs
  • Get Inside Look at Real-World Situations
  • Approximately 80 Minute Runtime
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Getting a Handle on Grip from Class on Demand educates you to correctly use the fundamental tools of a video production grip. This video breaks down these tools, so that educated choices can be made based on your production needs. Through an inside look at real-world situations, this training course is designed with practical application in mind. The course runs for approximately 80 minutes, spanning 11 chapters.

The course is conducted by Fess Shelton and Danielle, the DV Diva. Fess is a 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 has been a part of the production industry in many capacities including acting, make-up artistry, and assisting producers in both big and small productions.


1. Stands-The Foundation for Grip Equipment
Learn the various types and uses for the C Stand. (2:45 minutes)

2. Gobos: Light Modification
Learn the various types and uses of nets, flags, silks, gels, and the cookaloris. (4:55 minutes)

3. Reflectors: Light Re-Direction
Learn what tools bounce light best (based on your need), including: reflectors, mirrors, foam boards, shiny boards, and specialty items like "Elvis." (6:40 minutes)

4. Clamps and Gadgets: Mounting Hardware
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. (13:45 minutes)

5. Apple Boxes: The Original "Man-Makers"
Learn why the Apple Box is the second most necessary item on a set. (3:00 minutes)

6. Butterflies and Overheads: Light Modification
Learn the proper way to build and use oversized diffusion set-ups for natural light. (8:16 minutes)

7. Set Demonstration: More Practical Application
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. (6:00 minutes)

8. The Shop Tour and Tool Belt Essentials
Explore the essential carpentry tools and belt gadgets necessary for a grip. (5:22 minutes)

9. Tour of the Grip Trailer
Understand the importance of organization and weight distribution for your grip gear. (5:23 minutes)

10. Apple Box Construction
Learn the step-by-step process for making your own apple boxes. (8:17 minutes)

11. Round-Table Discussion
Seasoned veterans talk about industry trends, safety on the set, favorite techniques, the importance of attitude, and the role of the problem solver. (18:50 minutes)
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