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#1 matt laroche

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Posted 10 August 2012 - 12:22 AM

Hey All,

I know there are a lot of threads about "what's your most important tool", "what don't you go to set without" etc,

But, I thought it'd be interesting to talk about what random tools or items you carry that happen to come in handy every so often.

I won't start because everything in my kit is pretty typical. I haven't had a stroke of genius yet...


And go!
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#2 Chris Millar

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Posted 10 August 2012 - 01:58 AM

A Gear Wrench brand extendable pry bar, more of a grip tool...

Um, oh yeh my Leica Disto also does a lot of work for me too.

Vernier calipers.

Hrmmm

Ratchet podger

Plumb bob

All stuff that doesn't get much mention round these forums
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#3 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 10 August 2012 - 05:44 AM

Food. Always take snacks. Not only are they good for oneself, but it's amazing how much favour can be bought with a can of soda.

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#4 Freya Black

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Posted 10 August 2012 - 07:51 AM

but it's amazing how much favour can be bought with a can of soda.

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Ah! Everyman has his price... ;)
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#5 Travis Gray

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Posted 10 August 2012 - 08:03 AM

ha, And I thought I was going to be cool and be the first to say something like gummy bears.

More practically, protein bars and 5 hour energy. Never crack the 5 hour energy (not sure if it even works for me really), but the protein bars always end up making an appearance.
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#6 Chris Millar

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Posted 10 August 2012 - 07:08 PM

Working (which isn't often) on commercials and larger features - there is always craft services making an effort to get food/hydration to the crew that otherwise can't get to the truck/tent.

Makes sense as you maintain a productive crew.

Mind you they're not going to be climbing up an EWP mast are they ;) - often find banana skins and apple cores flapping around the tool tray.
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#7 Rex Harris

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Posted 11 August 2012 - 01:17 AM

I usually have a bunch of weird things that I seem to collect and that remain in my tool pouch...

Actually the weirdest thing I carry is a diagram of street-lamp wiring, it's a sort of in-joke coming from my days as a gaffer when one rather outrageous DP insisted that since our generator was no where to be seen, we should wire in to a street-lamp and 'not tell anyone about it'...

I rather recklessly went over the post, switched it on and told him 'here is your key, now go f--- yourself', then I walked off the set. I picked up the actual diagram as a present from a friend working at the local electric company some months later.

Oh I have a set of the most useless screwdrivers in the world also, they're designed to work on a screw that hasn't been invented yet, I really must get around to inventing that screw when I have time..
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#8 Phil Thompson

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 03:54 PM

I carry around a tea spoon in my pocket. Comes in handy to tighten that screw on the bottom of the tripod plate thing. And i can stir tea's.
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#9 Hans Engstrom

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 04:44 PM

Shoe covers to protect the on board monitor during transport and a clean, dry pair of socks for me to wear after lunch.
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#10 Kieran Scannell

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 02:01 PM

Small LED work lights bought from hardware stores! I now have 4 of them. There battery powered and the ones I have cost 28 euros! Not Ideal by any means but with a bit of diffusion,CTO and Gaffer Tape you will be surprised.
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#11 DarrylPargeter

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Posted 08 November 2012 - 06:22 AM

I have Tea bags in my pouch. For two restion one in case craft run out or on a smaller production where its cheap ass Tesco (or other supermarket brand) tea bags which just aren't as good as other stuff =D.
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#12 Guillaume Cottin

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 03:46 PM

A key grip friend of mine carries a 20 inch machete.
And believe me if you will, it proved itself very useful more than once!
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Posted 06 December 2012 - 04:51 AM

Ah! Everyman has his price... Posted Image

'Camp Freddie, everybody in the world is bent.'
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#14 Nate Opgenorth

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 12:42 AM

A key grip friend of mine carries a 20 inch machete.
And believe me if you will, it proved itself very useful more than once!

Do I want to know what it was useful for? haha
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#15 J Phillips

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Posted 21 December 2012 - 03:22 AM

I always have a hair dryer..and I keep my head shaved.
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#16 George Ebersole

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 10:53 AM

When I gripped a lot I sometimes wore a dust mask (lots of miniature SFX stuff) and knee pads, and would make runs to rental houses and art supply shops wearing the stuff.

I can't recall any special tools though.
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#17 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 05:18 PM

I have a stick of Chapstick -- I borrowed it from an AC last year to blur the corners of a glass filter for a musical sequence in lieu of Vasoline, and it worked much better, more controllable -- I dabbed the sides of the filter with the Chapstick then used my finger to spread it around like a bunch of thumbprints blurring the edges. Still have it in my backpack and used it just a few weeks ago, for one shot to further blur a side of the frame that I was blurring with an acrylic block in the foreground, another time to blur some film equipment that was at the top of the frame during a fantasy musical sequence.

Which reminds me that we also carry two acrylic glass blocks, roughly 1" thick, 1'x1' squares with polished edges, to cause some blurred edges with light refractions as if shooting through some glass cabinet in the foreground, etc.
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