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#1 Jeff Kolada

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Posted 24 February 2010 - 09:26 AM

I'm building a miniature grip kit for our university video production club, mostly to be used by beginners and intermediate gaffers. This kit will be used with Lowel lights, so nothing major.

I do not need flags/scrims/etc.
We already own a small inventory of c-stands.

What i am most interested in is clamps, and the smaller random grip equipment. I know i'm forgetting something that could be important/helpful. Basically things to hold lights in places other than on stands.
Here's what I have currently, and base your responses off of the following list (extremely basic).

-Drop-ceiling Scissor Clamps
-Pony Clamps
-"Super Clamps" (http://www.bhphotovi...h_Standard.html)
-18" Furniture Clamp
-Blackwrap
-Gaffers Tape

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#2 JD Hartman

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Posted 24 February 2010 - 01:43 PM

C clamps with baby pins, Cardelini(s), black paper tape, scraps of duvetyn
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#3 Brian Dzyak

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Posted 24 February 2010 - 02:05 PM

...and sandbags. And gripclips, large and small.


I use Cardellinis and babyplates more than anything else.

http://www.cardelliniclamp.com/

http://www.bhphotovi...y_Plate_6_.html

http://www.filmtools...ripclippon.html
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#4 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 24 February 2010 - 03:18 PM

+ on the Cardellinis. I use those most of all on sets. Also apple boxes you can mount things to would be nice, a power drill and some screws.
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#5 JD Hartman

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Posted 24 February 2010 - 03:34 PM

C-47's or bullets, sash cord and trick line, cube taps. Instead of apple boxes (full or sets), maybe just some pancakes for the baby plates. With drywall screws, you can skip the power drill. A few 3x3" squares of luan plywood, so they don't damage location walls/furniture with the clamps.
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#6 Daryn Williams

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Posted 26 February 2010 - 10:11 AM

Speaking from university experience... A cheap easy low stand to make....

Take a couple of 2x4s about 18" long... Cut two blocks of of one of them and screw them to the outside of the other 2x4...
Drill a hole for a 8"-10" 5/8" carriage bolt... Throw some washers and a wing nut on the top, and you can use it as a low light stand...
Best part about it, you can loosen the wing nut, and it folds flat...

I would second the mentions about the Cardellinis, c-47s, sandbags, sash cord, trickline, cube taps and gripclips...

Mafer Clamps would be another to add...Just make sure you get them with the baby pin included... Mafer Clamps -- Filmtools

Edited by Daryn Williams, 26 February 2010 - 10:12 AM.

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#7 Jim Menkol

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Posted 27 February 2010 - 10:27 PM

The compact grip kits at my university include 3 emtpy sandbags, 3 stingers, surge protector, cube tap, ground lift, 20' sections of rope, 3 space clamps, 2 Mafer clamps with baby pins, two scissor clamps, numerous C-47s, large and small grip clips, french flags, and one set of apple boxes. Everything but the apples fit into a Pelican 1650 or 1700 case (I can't remember which) with a good amount of room to spare.
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