Seems there are two schools of thought on the meaning of the word "grip".
We have your authentic "grip" who's job is to control shadows or take away light, using flags, diffusion, and who handles the setting up of any number of rigs using c stands, etc.
Then we have the other kind of grip, who does audio, holds the boom, moves lights around, and a hundred other duties, almost like a PA, but not (they don't get lunch, lick the bottom of a trashcan, etc.). I've been this kind of "grip" for a local production company. They insist on calling the position that. I asked them once "aren't I a PA?" And they said "We call it a grip." So there. Right or wrong, it's just like that sometimes.
Edited by Josh Bass, 22 May 2006 - 09:02 PM.