What’s in that Grip Truck & When and Why do you Need one?

Grip trucks are a well-stocked wonderland of just about every large tool and small gadgets you need to tackle a variety of on-set tasks and technical needs. They aren’t prohibitively expensive, even for budget-conscious shoots.  When you have your grip truck rental on set, the production magically seems to go faster, smoother and with less stress on the crew. Working grips will tell you that the most important features are the truck layout and the quantity and quality of the carts....

Lighting Techniques That Make Your Footage Look Cinematic

Dave’s Grip & Lighting on the job lighting a corporate interview If you’re into filmmaking, or looking for a gaffer in Miami, like us to help you out, you’d probably agree that lighting skills are an essential tool in every filmmaker’s tool box. One size does not fit all in the lighting world and the last thing you want is for your cinematic scene to look like broadcast news. And, you probably also want to know how to do it yourself!  DIY baby! While everyone uses...

My Gratitude for Being a Gaffer in Miami

As I reflect on this past year’s work as a gaffer in Miami with my amazing clients and talented colleagues, I feel truly blessed and fortunate.  A 9 to 5 desk job never worked for me.  Working as a gaffer in Miami is hard work with many challenges, but I happily take them on. Although 4:30 AM call times can be brutal, getting to watch the sunrise on Fort Lauderdale Beach makes an early call totally worth it. Yes, 20 hour days lighting music videos for new young artists can...

We’re Upsizing our Grip and Lighting Rental Miami

Grip and Lighting rental Miami with Dave's Grip & Lighting
We recently purchased LIT Miami’s extensive grip and lighting rental Miami inventory.  When our friends at LIT Miami opted out of the grip and lighting rental business in Miami  — trust me, I have weeks like that — they offered it up to us.  Their gear was in excellent condition, so we made a deal.   We acquired every possible grip and lighting product: hampers, cable distro, lights, HMI’s, C-stands, apple boxes, rags, grip, light stands of all types, sandbags, Cardellini...

So you Want to Be a Grip or Gaffer in Miami?

Maybe you’re reading this article because you want to become a grip or gaffer in Miami. Well, then I’m going to break it down for you without a bunch of BS.  I’ve been a gaffer in Miami since the ’90s, and I’ve learned a thing or two. I’m not trying to sound like your father, but consider going to college to get a “real job.” Don’t get me wrong, my career as a gaffer in Miami has never had a dull moment, and is extremely rewarding. But I firmly believe that you...

You Gotta Love this Grip Facebook page!

Any grip in Miami would salivate over the stunning grip rigs on this Grip’s Facebook page: car rigs, helicopter rigs, Polaris rigs and all in between.  These creations by grips are jaw-dropping and awe-inspiring. Some of these grip concoctions are seriously a work of art. Check it out! Grip in Miami? Working as a Grip in Miami, we’ve often seen creative camera movements like these. But as productions get smaller, the grip craft is in decline. Grips like my buddy Charlie McGowan are becoming...

Litepanels Gemini for Your Best Shoot Ever

New lights don’t often impress me. Quite frankly, all of this advancement in technology is often overblown, IMHO. But, this little beauty of a fixture, the Litepanels Gemini 2×1 LED Soft Panels, is my exception to that rule. They are the rental lights I now promote and a standard fixture on my grip trucks. Let me tell you why. Litepanels Gemini On the Job Benefits Short on time? You can do a lot with a Litepanels Gemini rental. Since you don’t need gels, just think of the savings on...

Amazing Beauty Shots with this Mega Ring Light

Beauty Ring Light Rental Miami
This mega ring light rental illuminates so well it can take 20 years off of any face and produce a gorgeous ring reflection in the eye. It sets up quick and doesn’t cost an arm and a leg to rent!   Plus, it’s so simple to use. My 10 year old uses this light to shoot photos of her friends. Simple to use, simple to rent Stick your camera in the center of the ring light and shoot to your hearts content.  It’s fully dimmable so you have great control over the light that...

Love the Arri M18 on my Grip Truck Miami!

grip truck miami arri M18
The amazing Arri M18.  Our go-to “big, but not too big” HMI light. We love this light. So punchy! We have two at all times on my grip truck Miami.       The Arri M18 is always on our Grip Truck Miami If it’s just me and my grip truck in Miami — I can do a lot with a little in a hurry. “Git’er done” –the shot that is– with this M18 when the sun is not out on a cloudy day.  It’s a game changer. I like to call it a “save the...

New Production Lighting Gear At NAB

What’s New With Production Lighting? NAB 2017 in Las Vegas this year was all about soft light for production lighting.   While tungston fresnels are far from dead as they continue to rent with surprisingly regularity, these soft lights are gaining massive popularity on video sets for their fast and flexible capabilities. Kino Flow Celeb 250 Kinoflo rental has been one of my top 3 rental requests for my grip trucks for what seems like forever in Miami. Kinoflo has upgraded their select...

LED Lighting

Led lighting has come a long way over the past 7 years.  I rent Led lighting to my customers on just about every production I work as Gaffer on these days.   Ease of use is a big factor. I reach for the Astra-Lite Panels the most.  Battery powered, lightweight, nimble,  variable color temperature option on the fly and extremely powerful.  Astra light panels are quick and effective. The power consumption on LED lighting is amazing.  Color rendering used to be an...

An amazing day at Matthews studio equipment

Thought I would share an amazing day at Matthews studio equipment.  I primarily use Matthews studio equipment grip gear on my grip trucks! Matthews has been building some of the best grip gear for the past 42 years.  A family run business Tyler Phillips and his Dad Ed Phillips of Matthews studio equipment are good people.  They now are in a new facility that has made the operation more efficient yielding faster turn around times for faster fulfillment. The quality of Matthews studio...

Check it Out Film Buffs! Old Tungsten Lights at Mole and B&H Photo!

As a film lighting history guy, I was interested in tungsten lights from Mole Richardson Company.  When we traveled to Los Angeles recently, I checked out their set lights on display.  Some date back to 1930.        According to their Wikipedia page, “Mole-Richardson invented the Fresnel Solar Spot unit in 1935, adapting the fresnel lighthouse lens for use in motion pictures. It won the first of four technical Academy Awards the company has earned.[2]” Their Wikipedia page continues, ...

TBT: Master Lighting Class by ASC Cinegear 2013

Alan Caso, ASC at Mole Richardson Stage, CInegear 2013 #TBT Los Angeles #Cinegear 2013. Found this photo while going through my files. We participated in a master lighting class at Mole-Richardson Stage taught by ASC Cinematographers — Ron Garcia, ASC, the late Haskell Wexler, ASC and Alan Caso, ASC. They made it look so easy. So much respect for these gentlemen! These incredibly talented cinematographers shared their knowledge and enthusiasm, demonstrated lighting techniques and problem solving...

My Grip Truck Photo Shoot in Miami!

Every once in a while you shoot somewhere where the environment triggers your mind’s eye to capture the moment. I took this photo of my grip truck on a shoot overlooking Miami and Biscayne Bay with my iPhone 6, and also did the color grading on the iPhone. On location overlooking  Biscayne Bay My grip truck has a odd attractiveness in this place and time.  I will look back at this photo 20 years from now and thoughts will go straight to that job we were working.  Love this business! I remember...

Best at NAB – Nokia’s OZO VR Camera

The one product that was totally new this year at NAB 2016 —  VR Cameras.  See Nokia’s OZO.  By far the best integration for a camera you can purchase for a whopping 60K.