Thanks for the feedback i will be putting the reccomended books on my xmas list !
I have a few projects coming up that will require camera movement which in which i will be involved with.
I understand safety plays a key role in the work of a grip on set and have heard some storys from very experienced DOPs and grips to back this up. is there any specific training/qualification that a grip has to complete before handeling specific equipment or is it a matter of learning the safe practise of the kit before use ?
I dont know about the safety requirements and training for europe and England.
Unfortunatly here in America training is on the Job and most of it is common sense. Unless you are in LA, NY and Union there are no real requirements before handling equipment that poses a safety threat to you and the people around you. Most people here draw jobs through networking, which can be good and bad.
I have a guy I fired claiming I taught him how to grip. I am fighting against it but It has the potential to look bad on me.
Find a working grip and intern or PA on projects. when there is any chance jump in and offer a hand. Learn with a working grip. read all the books and information you can. good working practices are learned on set. ask questions. watch how it is done.