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  1. Hi, I'm currently a junior studying at NYU. I will be graduating around January 2015 and I am trying to plan for my future afterward. Long term, I'd like to become a cinematographer but I'd like to get there through gaffing because I genuinely enjoy working with lighting. I figure I gotta start getting grip and electric jobs. I am pretty skilled working with most basic to intermediate grip equipment and lights and am able to run power from breaker boxes to distro boxes to lights while adhering to the ring of fire. I'd prefer to join a union as soon as possible in order to get consistent w
  2. Hi Guys, This is a bit of a long one I warn you, but I'd really appreciate any advice or suggestions people might have. I've reached a point in my career where I want to focus more purely on lighting and camera, and move away from the various ancillary creative freelancing jobs that have (till now) supplemented my film work. I'm pretty good at what I do now (and perhaps more importantly - I'm good enough) so I want to put together a small lighting and grip package that will allow me to gaffer on projects when I'm not shooting others (and basically just spend more time on sets). Now I am lim
  3. Hi, Im 18 currently studying network and systems but I love film and all the behind the scenes and dont want to sit behind a desk for the rest of my life. I live inbetween leeds and manchester and have absolutly no idea where to get started, I dont finish till early june but I'd love to start getting experience on set. I found a lvl 2 and lvl 3 nvq specifically in gripping but I have to have worked as a grip for two years before being able to apply (seems a bit backwards to me? ) Where do I start? Just to note; I could move to london and use my trust fund to get me off the ground to
  4. I'm new in the grip world and I'm eager to work close to the camera. I know that grips often operate dollys, cranes, and lifts but I'm wondering if you have to be certified to have that position? Could someone provide me more information about this? Thanks!
  5. Can anyone suggest affordable solutions to achieve a direct overhead angle in a room on location? Our ceilings are only about 9 ft high, but we're looking to get several high, down-angle wides. We're on a 100mm Ball head tripod head, but can rent the necessary equipment to get the job done. Here is an example of what we're looking for: http://www.dvdtimes.co.uk/protectedimage.php?image=NatTunbridge/abovebart.jpg Thanks for your help!
  6. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zgu9uo2UpPg How did they shoot this hardware video? I know it's live action hardware with hands but how did they rig it and make everything white? I really like to hear all ideas out there. Thanks
  7. Hey folks! I am trying to build a starter grip kit on a budget, and would love to hear some tips and advice. I am going to be lighting small sets/interviews, so nothing big. Thank you! :P Here is what I have selected so far: Heat resistant gloves: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/330777082434 Gaffer tape - http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/321094101499 http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/221179394345?var=520131883492 Pony Clamps http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/180952212059 http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/190815505355 Foam board - what is the best dimension/thickness? Black White St
  8. For Sale: Fujinon Manual Focus Controller for ENG/EFP Lenses CHF-3 + FMM-6B The Fujinon CFH-3 + FMM-6B is a manual focus grip which provides precision focus control and is useful in a variety of professional broadcast applications, including live event coverage and sports. Original owner. Controller is in excellent condition. $400 + S&H For Sale: Century Precision Optics Optical Transformer. Lets you mount 2/3” broadcast lenses on a Super 16mm camera with an Arri B mount. Century Precision Optics (now Schneider) 2/3” Super 16 Arri B Transformer S/N C53683 I use
  9. ACS custom machined hand grip extension for the Beaulieu 2008/ 4008 line of cameras. Modeled after the original Beaulieu grip extension. Attaches to the camera via 1 1/4-20, stainless steel, socket head screw. A 3/16 Allen wrench is required for attachment and removal. Unit has been powder coated black and has 1, 1/4-20 mounting hole on the bottom of the grip for attachment to a tripod. Unit price is $100.00 with free shipping to the lower 48. No other items is listed for sale. Sorry, but couldn't upload photos. Email questions to s.king@americancinespec.com. Photos avail
  10. Hey folks, I'm looking to get some advice on car rigs. I'm starting a job in September that calls for tons of car shots so I'd like to see what are some of the best solutions out there. The show will be shot on a Sony f5 with Cooke primes, to give you an idea for weight and size. I was told that SSE Universal Car Mount is the best and easiest to work with. As I've never had any personal experience with it, I would like to get a second opinion before I take the plunge. Has anybody done a job with this rig and how good or bad is it? I was also looking at Mathews Car rigs, they seem
  11. I acquired a 4' x 4' frame made of 1" square aluminum tubes and would like to mount it to a c-stand. I am aware of mounting methods involving clamps and gobo's, but how does a Flip Flop Ear (http://www.filmandvideolighting.com/1sqtuflfleam.html) interface with a stand for mounting?? Thanks in advance for your insight! Hugh ps - first post
  12. I've noticed countless amount of time when I saw behind the scene footages where an assistant will be holding a scrim at either the side of the camera or behind the camera. Why do they do that for? Is it scrims or something else which I'm not aware off?
  13. Hi guys i was wondering if anybody out there could point me in the right direction in finding out about the history of Grips in the film industry ether a book or website or personal knowledge. As i need to find out for my final year university project about grips ( as i would like to pursue a career as a grip when i leave uni) and other crew members who are seen as lower down on the film making hierarchy but are vital to a film set. any help would be appreciated
  14. Hi, I'm selling several camera support items. ALL never been used and in MINT condition. I'm located in London, and prefer the buyer picking up the gear. check out these links: MODERN DELUXE DISH LEVELING CAMERA MOUNT http://www.bblist.co.uk/item.php?item=35333 MINI BALL CAMERA LEVELING MOUNT http://www.bblist.co.uk/item.php?item=35332
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