Proper way to safety a lamp
Posted 01 February 2008 - 01:00 PM
However, the Gaffer came up and suggested I safety the light onto the rig itself - in this case, tying the light off to the studded c. His logic was that if a Key Grip ever came around and noticed the light safety-ed to anything other than the rig, it would suggest that the rig itself wasn't strong enough. Therefore making me look incompetent.
I understand that rigs need to be safe, and I put some hate on that studded c to make sure it cranked down. But it would seem silly to not safety the light to the most sturdy thing (the wooden beam in my case), especially if it's available. How do you guys feel about this? Is my common sense getting the better of me?
Posted 01 February 2008 - 06:08 PM
Posted 02 February 2008 - 11:58 AM
Safeties are best when you go beyond the rig if you can. What if the rig failed. I once saw a VERY good key grip drop 4 4ks when his rig failed. He had safetied all the lamps back to the rig. But he had NOT safetied the rig.
Putting the safety back to the C-clamp would have been fine if the C clamp was all you had to rig to and safety to. I am guessing that it was the clamp style with the Channel welded to the gate so as to dig into the beam, not the smooth face style. I would wonder about a Key that would question the intention of a rig because it was safetied. There is no career ending situation like dropping a 1.2k on an actors head.
Keep up the safety, and tell the gaffer he has a loose cam-lok somewhere.
(sorry had some malfunction with the posting)
Posted 02 February 2008 - 12:24 PM
Posted 02 February 2008 - 05:35 PM
His logic was that if a Key Grip ever came around and noticed the light safety-ed to anything other than the rig, it would suggest that the rig itself wasn't strong enough. Therefore making me look incompetent.
I'm not a key grip but the logic of that is ridiculous. It's egotistical to safety to your own rig unless that's all you have available. Unless one is retarded, they will safety to a permanent structure. I'm much more willing to give the winning structural odds to the permanent building structure than the grip's rig, even a very good grip can make mistakes.
Posted 03 February 2008 - 12:22 PM
Feeling the spirit today, Robert?
Sorry I had a couple and got on the computer. But I think I was just givin' the right on!
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