‘Challenge’ is one of the main reasons a Grips role in the industry is so important. Every shot conceived needs to be logistically and safely thought through. A good grip will know which piece of equipment to use in order to fulfil the brief and if there isn’t a piece of equipment out there then it usually is created for the job.
One example of this, from my experience, was back in 2006/7 on a job called Ghostboat, which was set mainly on an abandoned submarine. The brief was to create a way of tracking the camera inside the submarine without taking up room and without taking up too much time setting up – access and egress being very, very limited. So we built a couple of monorails on either side of the main section of the Sub. They were fastened to ceiling sections, dulled down and left in shot – as they now looked like pipes. As underslung, single track, tracking shots were few and far between at this time I also had to fabricate the carriage which would support the camera. I later developed the carriage to run on cable, which was used for some very high wide shots on the first series of Peaky Blinders. Before drones I might add.