Grips and Key Grips

Needed competencies and skills

  • Excellent up-to-date knowledge of all camera-support equipment
  • Should be enthusiastic about mechanics and assembling equipment
  • Passion for finding creative solutions to technical problems
  • Woodworking skills
  • Basic electrician skills
  • Ability to help realize a Director/DoP's artistic vision in practical terms
  • Good leadership skills
  • Ability to collaborate and to work as part of a team
  • Diplomacy and sensitivity when working with artists and other crew
  • Initiative
  • Ability to respond quickly to different situations
  • High level of physical stamina and strength
  • Problem solving skills

  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Knowledge of the requirements of the relevant Health and Safety legislation and procedures

Career Progression and Training Opportunities

Aspiring Grips should contact professional Grips requesting the opportunity to spend time on film sets, or attempt to serve an apprenticeship in one of the Facility Houses that supply grip equipment to the film and television industry; in order to learn about maintaining and handling Grips equipment.

As there are currently no tailored programmes for aspiring Grips in Ireland they may be interested in attending some courses in England which are accredited by City & Guilds. Alternatively they may complete a Crane Technician course which is currently offered by FÁS, private training companies or some PLC colleges.

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