Applications closed on18th January 2021
Many people ask what is a Grip?
Grips are responsible for the equipment that supports the cameras, whether that be a tripod or a 100-foot crane. While the director is responsible for the artistry of the shots, grips work out how to position cameras so they move to achieve the desired effect. Whether they are setting up minicams in cars, cranes (jibs) or wheeled carts (a dolly), grips help achieve smooth, continuous shots.
If filming is on location, they might go on a recce ahead of the shoot with the camera operator. They look at the practical issues of where cameras will be placed and work out what supports will be needed. Grips hire suitable equipment from rental companies and on occasion may have to work with them to devise tailor-made pieces of kit.
During filming, they set up the equipment and are responsible for helping the jib or dolly operator. At the end of a shoot, they are responsible for de-rigging and re-packing the grip equipment. Read more about a typical day in the life of a grip on ScreenSkills website.
If this sounds like something you are interested in then this is the course for you. We welcome applications from all genders.
Qualified Grips are in huge demand across the UK’s booming film and television industries. Our 5 month (March to July 2021) course aims to take entry-level students and give them basic gripping training, as well as preparing them for the specific rigours of working within the film and TV industries.
It is taught by industry professionals and a work experience module is intended to be included in the programme (if COVID restrictions permit), with professional grip equipment rental companies and on active film or TV sets. The course has been created in response to increased demand for grips on UK-based productions, with the role identified by the BFI and ScreenSkills as an ‘in demand’ skill-set across film and high-end television production.