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#1 zak ong

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Posted 20 March 2009 - 07:36 PM

Looking for a foot in the door in grip. I am willing to work for free. Is there a place I can start to look?
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#2 Daniel Wallens

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Posted 20 March 2009 - 07:53 PM

PA as much as you can.
Work as much as you can, for free or not.
Make friends with the grips as much as you can.
Help out the grips as much as you can without getting in the way.
Keep your ears and eyes open.
Have patience.


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#3 Andrew Brinkhaus

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Posted 20 March 2009 - 10:19 PM

Peter where are you located? (You should update your info so that your location is displayed in your member info.)
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Posted 20 March 2009 - 10:21 PM

Looking for a foot in the door in grip. I am willing to work for free. Is there a place I can start to look?



I highly suggest you check out these resources:

http://www.whatireallywanttodo.com

http://www.amazon.co...4...CRHDVYQ65H

http://www.amazon.co...h...2JN3RK38FN

http://electricandgr.../Home_Page.html

http://www.realfilmcareer.com/forum


And as everyone (and those resources above will tell you in greater detail), it's all about just jumping in. If you don't know anyone, visit filmschools and volunteer to work on student films. Look for listings for indie films and volunteer to work on those. It's all about getting on sets, meeting people, and learning as you go.

There aren't a lot of shortcuts. You could struggle for years in the low-budget world and never get beyond it or you could meet the "right" people and find yourself working on big movies within months. It's partly luck, but you are out to create your own opportunities instead of waiting for them to come to you. Work hard, be pleasant, and remain passionate and resilient and you'll likely be able to make a living as a Grip eventually.

Good luck!
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#5 Sanjay Sami

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Posted 20 March 2009 - 11:55 PM

And as everyone (and those resources above will tell you in greater detail), it's all about just jumping in.

It's all about getting on sets, meeting people, and learning as you go.

Work hard, be pleasant, and remain passionate and resilient and you'll likely be able to make a living as a Grip eventually.

Good luck!
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Could not have summed it up better. Where do you live? If you were in India I could organise something . Most people in this country who want to be grips start off by emailing me :lol:


I think Bryan and Dans advice is very good.

Good luck and hope you have a very strong back !!

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#6 Chris Keth

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Posted 21 March 2009 - 12:13 AM

Good luck and hope you have a very strong back !!


That is a good wish but if you're back's too sore most grips will tell you to work smarter, not harder.;)
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#7 Michele Peterson

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Posted 21 March 2009 - 12:43 AM

That is a good wish but if you're back's too sore most grips will tell you to work smarter, not harder.;)


Amen!
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#8 Chris Keth

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Posted 21 March 2009 - 01:43 AM

Amen!


That's right. I've lifted some things that I shouldn't have and really regretted it.
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#9 Sanjay Sami

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Posted 21 March 2009 - 02:54 AM

By working smart, I hope you aren't referring to the "executive grips" who watch others do the heavy lifting?
Whichever way you look at it, as a grip you are going to have to do some heavy lifting.
Unfortunately there is no easy way to carry a fisher 10 upstairs.

However, my wish for a strong back was a way of saying that I hope you are prepared for the work that goes into being a grip. I get a lot of guys coming to work with me out of film school, who have great intentions, but have no idea how hard the work can be physically.

sincerely

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#10 Satsuki Murashige

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Posted 21 March 2009 - 04:01 PM

Unfortunately there is no easy way to carry a fisher 10 upstairs.

Apparently, working smarter usually means getting the ACs to help lift the Fisher. ;)
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#11 Jonathan Bowerbank

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Posted 21 March 2009 - 09:43 PM

Apparently, working smarter usually means getting the ACs to help lift the Fisher. ;)


Shhhhhh!!! Don't give'em any ideas! ;)
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Posted 21 March 2009 - 10:06 PM

Peter where are you located? (You should update your info so that your location is displayed in your member info.)



Im from los angeles.
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Posted 21 March 2009 - 10:23 PM

Could not have summed it up better. Where do you live? If you were in India I could organise something . Most people in this country who want to be grips start off by emailing me :lol:


I think Bryan and Dans advice is very good.

Good luck and hope you have a very strong back !!

Sanjay Sami
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www.thegripworks.com



I would go to India for the opportunity too!!!
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#14 Sanjay Sami

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Posted 22 March 2009 - 12:56 AM

I would go to India for the opportunity too!!!


If you are serious. we can discuss it. No pay (maybe a pittance as an intern stipend) and you will have to find your own accomodation if we are filming in Bombay. If we are elsewhere in India, production will organise it.

If nothing else, it will be an adventure ! And you get the experience as a grip.

Think ...

Sanjay Sami
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#15 Jamie Metzger

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Posted 22 March 2009 - 01:18 AM

If you are serious. we can discuss it. No pay (maybe a pittance as an intern stipend) and you will have to find your own accomodation if we are filming in Bombay. If we are elsewhere in India, production will organise it.

If nothing else, it will be an adventure ! And you get the experience as a grip.

Think ...

Sanjay Sami
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www.thegripworks.com



sanjay; take me instead!
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#16 Michele Peterson

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Posted 22 March 2009 - 01:49 AM

By working smart, I hope you aren't referring to the "executive grips" who watch others do the heavy lifting?
Whichever way you look at it, as a grip you are going to have to do some heavy lifting.
Unfortunately there is no easy way to carry a fisher 10 upstairs.

However, my wish for a strong back was a way of saying that I hope you are prepared for the work that goes into being a grip. I get a lot of guys coming to work with me out of film school, who have great intentions, but have no idea how hard the work can be physically.

sincerely

Sanjay Sami
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www.thegripworks.com



LOL, There are always the guys that forget to lift carefully at the end of a long day when loading the truck up or the ones that try to do everything with brute strength. Extra leverage and using extra available manpower (meaning the guy in the corner not doing anything) can make the work load a lot easier. Simple things like bringing the work up to you, not you bending down to it, make a big difference.
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#17 zak ong

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Posted 22 March 2009 - 08:22 PM

If you are serious. we can discuss it. No pay (maybe a pittance as an intern stipend) and you will have to find your own accomodation if we are filming in Bombay. If we are elsewhere in India, production will organise it.

If nothing else, it will be an adventure ! And you get the experience as a grip.

Think ...

Sanjay Sami
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www.thegripworks.com



Wow, Sanjay, you are the man. It's people like you that bring happiness to the world; willing to reach out and lend a helping hand, But then again differnt country, different intensions.

Honestly, sounds awesome! always wanted to check out India. So say I was interested, would I come in on production that is currently filming now, or for a up coming production?
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Posted 18 May 2009 - 05:50 PM

Hi, everyone, first time poster.

I'm going to be working as a grip for the first time in a couple days. Does anyone have any advice on what I should bring with me in respect to equipment? I have not received any information on the shoot itself except that it is in a city park, so what in general is it a good idea to show up with as a grip?

Thanks for any advice.
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#19 David Rakoczy

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Posted 18 May 2009 - 06:02 PM

Unfortunately there is no easy way to carry a fisher 10 upstairs.



I believe 'working smarter' would mean ordering a Pee Wee or Fisher 11 for that upstairs shot.

Zak.. if you are in LA you have no excuse to not be on a Set within 10 days. Pick up a Dramalogue.. there are loads of lo/ no budget Shows posted in there.. get the Hollywood Reporter (Tues issue I believe) posts Shows in production and pre-production.... start at a Rental House and meet people.. offer to go out on a couple all nighters and move sand bags and c-stands all night and win the Best Boy Grip over.. follow any Caterer or Honey Wagon you see rolling down the 101 (just kidding)..
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#20 Brian Dzyak

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Posted 18 May 2009 - 08:46 PM

Pick up a Dramalogue.. there are loads of lo/ no budget Shows posted in there..



You won't find Dramalogue anymore. It was purchased by BackStage a few years ago. There is an online version at http://www.backstage.com/bso/index.jsp or look for it on newsstands or for free on various studio lots and other shooting locations around LA.

Other periodicals and resources that may help the aspiring "filmmaker" are all listed at http://www.realfilmcareer.com in the forums.
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