GRIP COURSE

Shaping the Light

The Grip Session training is run just like a real filming day, you will receive a “call sheet,” with a call time and location. When you arrive (early), you will be assigned a walkie talkie. You will then be mentored through every step, of every role, of every phase of the grip department’s day - how and when to use every piece of gear – right up to “That’s a wrap, strike it, and put it all back in the truck!” At The Film Foundry, we don’t simply train you how to place gear around a set, but we help you develop the intuition necessary to anticipate what to do when, and importantly, when not to do anything and just stay attentive, watch, and listen. We could give you a book about how to be a grip, but The Film Foundry prioritizes hands on teaching! We will teach you industry standards through realistic instruction gathered from our years of experience, and all the things you really need to know to succeed as a professional film Grip.

 

ABOUT THE COURSE

The Grip Department is overseen by the Key Grip and are responsible for setting up, rigging, and striking equipment. A grips main goal is to “shape the light” on a production set. There are also many points of crossover within the grip department. Most commonly, grips can be associated with Gaffers as Grip-Electric and the Key as Riggers. There are also grips working with the camera crews building tracks, mounting multiple rigs on moving autos, and setting up crane shots. Grips play a vital role within any production.


This course, taught by Daniel Wall, is an intensive 8 weekend course which will have you ready to jump onto a film set! 

Funding options are available. Get in touch or register today!

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WHAT WILL I LEARN IN THE GRIP COURSE?

  • Breakdown of grips roles and responsibilities

  • Basic equipment & tools

  • Walkie-talkie intro & etiquette

  • Run through a day in the life of a grip

  • Grip truck

  • Best boy position and duties

  • Build production set ups using grip equipment

  • Learn the “shaping of light”

  • Expendables

  • Grip Gear

  • Diffusion, gels & frames

  • Bounce and diffuse light

  • Equipment organization

  • Reflecting light

  • Overheads, knots, SAFETY

  • Ladder safety

  • Hang grip gear from a grid

  • Laying dolly track

  • Level track and maintenance

  • Dolly and jib movements

  • Rigging technique

 

WHAT WILL EACH SESSION HOLD?

Begin your Acting Career!

SESSION 1: INTRO AUDITIONS

GOALS:

  • Mock Auditions: 

    • Each student will be provided a monologue on the Thursday before the first class (July 28th).

    • Afterwards, we will review those tapes with the class, and this will be where we can start the discussion of on-camera techniques 

  • You will assemble a sample folder for you to use as an actor

SESSION 2: ACTING AS A BUSINESS

GOALS:

  • Overview of previous week

  • Get to learn the business of acting, from the forms/paperwork to your demo reel!

  • Practice table reads in a two person scene

SESSION 3: TWO PERSON SCENE SET UP

GOALS:

  • Learn about Camera Call Time

  • Movement Exercises

  • Delve into character intentions

  • Review a script for your filming in session 4!

SESSION 4: CYC WALL CAR SCENE

GOALS:

  • Practice a one person scene focusing on: 

    • Technicalities and direction​

    • Movement and lines

    • Character Intentions

SESSION 5: ACTING FOR THE GENRE

GOALS: SAFETY

  • Learn more about movie genres, and the production team that creates the genre

  • Discuss what genre you would like and gain an understanding of the art of acting in the genre

  • Review script for Session 6!

SESSION 6: SPOKESPERSON, INTERVIEWS, AND PR/MEDIA TRAINING

GOALS:

  • Film Spokesperson commercial on green screen or CYC

  • Film Mock Interviews

  • Practice PR/Media Training

SESSION 7: COMMERCIAL EXPERIENCE

GOALS:

  • Create a real commercial! 

  • Prepare a monologue for the final class session

SESSION 8: FINISH DEMO REEL AND CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION

GOALS:

  • Recap of last 7 weeks

  • Exit Monologue/Mock Audition

  • Certificate of Completion

 
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ONCE YOU HAVE COMPLETED THE COURSE, YOU WILL BE ON YOUR WAY TO BEING QUALIFIED FOR THE FOLLOWING ROLES:

Entertainment Industry:


• Gaffer 

• Best Boy 

• Key Grip 

• Dolly Grip 

• Grip  

• Film Electrician 

• Large Venue/Specialty Lighting & Rigging


Multi-faceted positions:


• Independent productions

• Community service productions (churches and non-profits)

• Local commercial

• Local broadcast

• Basic electric in local soundstage productions or in metropolitan areas

• Local TV access stations, 

• Small business marketing

• Training videos

• Infomercials

• Local theatre companies

• Streaming prosumer productions

• Set lighting technician

• Managing safety practices of the electrical department (requires solid work experience)

• Lighting Programmers