Electricity 101 for Film & Television Producers

As a Miami gaffer, I thought it might be helpful to teach the basics about electricity as it applies to producers! Filmmakers often need to be a jack-of-all-trades (doesn’t mean they’re the master of none). Although you’ll have a dedicated electrician to run power to your set, you still need to have the basic knowledge of power distribution, electrical safety and power sources. This helps you coordinate with your Miami gaffer and best boy more effectively to avoid any electrical faux...

Pacific NW Lens Summit

My buddies over at the Koerner Camera rental house in Portland, Oregon are hosting a one-of-a-kind event!  They’re showing off the finest cinema optics in the world. Vintage lenses, new lens technologies and large format lenses will all be covered.  There are going to be amazing minds at this great rental house event!  The best and brightest lens technicians and lens engineers will be on tap to chat!  Got a question to ask about lens technology, or sensor coverage?...

What’s in Your Grip Truck? A Guide to Equipment and Loading

They are the essential building blocks for a great lighting package. Grip trucks not only get your gear from here to there, but they also keep your production running smoothly and on schedule. Like most lighting rental companies, Dave’s Grip & Lighting rents grip trucks as well. In fact, we believe we’re South Florida’s most experienced and professional grip truck rental company! A guide to grip truck rental Whether you’re new to the job or are a seasoned veteran working...

NAB 2019 is shaping up nicely for lighting and grip rental

Who’s going to NAB2019 from the Miami grip truck crowd? Give a shout out if any of my Miami lighting and grip brothers and sisters are attending. Not to mention any crew new to the business, and seasoned veterans.  Stay tuned here on my blog and Facebook page about unique opportunities to interact with people, and new lighting equipment at NAB 2019. I’ll be chatting up all the lighting and grip reps on the floor. Here’s a look at some of the lights I’ve written about at...

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...