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Grip & Key Grip

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Well, we were watching a movie about Egypt and the pyramids and in the credits they mentioned " Grip " and " Key Grip ". Does anyone know what these staff members do? They are in most all movies.JimCYWG

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From IMDB:Grip:In the USA, a grip is a skilled person responsible for the set up, adjustment and maintenance of production equipment on the set. Their typical duties involve camera movement, lighting refinement, and mechanical rigging. In the UK, grips work exclusively with equipment that the camera is mounted on. Contrast with swing gang, see also key grip.Key Grip:The chief of a group of grips, often doubling for a construction co-ordinator and a backup for the camera crew, that also moves a dolly. Key grips work closely with the gaffer.-JohnIf you need to know more terms, look here:http://www.imdb.com/Glossary

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Thanks John. Appreciate that. I won't ask what a gaffer is.JimCYWG

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Gaffer handles lighting if I recall correctly

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These are also "old jobs" dating back many many years and mandated by union contracts still. Like a lot of industries, I would suspect some of these jobs are no longer needed.

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You'll find some of your answers here:

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