Never show up empty handed–especially to a video set.
Drop $100 and piece together a basic grip kit. Nothing is worse than the grip on set constantly in need of gloves, tape, or frankly, menial things that can clog the flow of a production. It’s counter-intuitive to the role of a grip.
Rather than spending $6 every day on a soy caramel macchiato with 40 shots of espresso for a month straight, buy a container of low-grade instant coffee and a travel mug.
In the kit:
*Prices are sourced and rounded up from amazon.com
5-in-1 Reflector/Diffuser (2) ~$12/ea
- A quick, pop-up bounce might just save 15-20 minutes of setting up a heavy duty light.
Leather, heat-resistant gloves $3~4 [Available at most hardware stores]
- Lights get hot.
Gaffers tape (1 Roll) $16~17
- One of the most coveted items on set for securing wires and inconspicuously spiking actors.
- Unscrew tripod plates in a flash.
Pony clamps (6 pack) ~$15
- Always handy.
Locking Carabiners (5 pack) ~$10
- Grab a solid quality build; a good carabiner is good for life.
*Theatrical Tie line (600′) ~$20
Arrive on set with tie line and it’ll immediately give off the air that you’re ready to work. With efficient rigging, tie line can be used to hoist props, secure lights, or setting miscellaneous ACME-type traps on set.
Pocket knife $5~6 [Available at most hardware and sporting good stores]
- There’s always a stray tag, bit of tie line, or cluster of tape that needs to be cut.
Throw it all in an old back pack and you’re golden.
Sift through the options first-hand on Amazon. Put together a $150 grip kit and you might just blow an independent filmmakers mind–or at least be invited to future productions.
The $100 price tag is exponentially worth it. I promise; a caffeine buzz hits with or without the Starbucks mermaid pasted on the cup. Put the savings toward a set of tools that’ll stick with you longer than that bladder full of coffee.
Besides, nothing beats the feeling is opening a shiny box of new grip toys.
With a specialty in lighting and graphic design, Bryan aims to blend his artistic passions together in a seamless manner. His experience in graphic design includes traditional print (newspaper/magazine layout), brand identity/logo design and expressive typography with his latest venture being motion graphics. He’s always trying to find a way to connect the dots between his passions—something says he just might find a way.