Grips work in the television and film industry and are responsible for designing and constructing production sets. Grips are also responsible for rigging the equipment that supports the camera operator, moving structures on set, hanging lights, and spotting the camera operator.
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Grip Job Description Template
We are looking for an experienced Grip to join our growing production company. As a Grip, you will be responsible for developing and building production sets and constructing the equipment that supports the cameras. You will work directly under the Key or Dolly Grip and may be required to hang lights, build dolly tracks, rig camera cranes, and perform general rigging duties.
To ensure success as a Grip, you should have advanced knowledge of carpentry, metalwork, and electrical work. You should also have creative design skills, good communication skills, and the ability to work flexible hours. A top-notch Grip is always on hand to build, fix, rig, or adjust equipment to create the perfect shot.
- Reporting to the Dolly Grip and Key Grip.
- Designing, constructing, and painting set backdrops.
- Unpacking camera and rigging equipment.
- Laying dolly tracks.
- Assembling camera rigging including dollies, jibs, static rigs, cranes, and tracks.
- Testing the strength and safety of constructed rigs.
- Moving set pieces during a shoot.
- Spotting the camera operator.
- Moving light fixtures.
- Maintaining and repairing rigging equipment.
- High school diploma or GED.
- Degree in filmmaking preferred.
- Previous experience working as a Grip in the film or television industry.
- Advanced electrical, mechanical, and carpentry skills.
- Ability to lift and manipulate heavy equipment.
- Ability to work at heights and in confined spaces.
- Ability to work long and irregular hours.
- Ability to travel.
- Good communication skills.
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