Learn how to Create Emotional Impact with Color Temperature the Shane Hurlbut way

Color temperature is a great skill. One that Shane Hurlbut, a master, uses exceptionally well. Color temperature can subtly, and almost subconsciously influence your mind and emotions. Lighting scenes effectively with mixed light is nothing short of art. To be successful like Shane Hurlbut, not to mention as an ASC member and also as a Director of Photography, you must be a deep thinker and have a lot of tricks in your back pockets. Hurlbut Academy course on Color Temperature In Shane’s...

Shane Hurlbut’s lighting classes can improve your film career and grip truck gear

Hurlbut Academy I’ll grant you that there’s a void out there for proper training in lighting for film. But you don’t have to go to film school to learn this craft: Shane Hurlbut’s online Hurlbut Academy is a gem. It’s like finding ice cream on a hot, deserted island. And it’s my insider’s tip to get you from that PA job slinging coffee, to that dream gaffer job jumping onto your own grip truck in search of an Arri, drape or c-stand. But I’m not...

Do you have Shane Hurlbut’s ‘book light’ gear on your grip truck?

Shane Hurlbut teaches HOW TO BUILD A BOOK LIGHT lighting techniques to film and lighting professionals at Hurlbut Academy. Starting his career at the bottom and no stranger to a grip truck, Shane Hurlbut is one of my idols! Shane Hurlbut, ASC, is a director of cinematography, film and television lighting professional, who I’ve known for a long time. I remember him working as a gaffer alongside me on Gloria Estefan music videos in Miami — more years ago than I’d like to recall. I’ll...

ARRI’s Orbiter Belongs on your next Grip Truck Rental!

As much as I have a love-tolerate relationship with this lighting company, I have to tip my hat to them for the ARRI Orbiter, another game-changing light. Groundbreaking technology comes to mind. Innovation at its best. For sure I’m going to have two of these on my grip truck in Miami the minute they’re released. I’m writing a check today to get on the shortlist for the very first batch to come to Miami so that you’ll have them on your next grip truck rental. Increased...

Nila Announces Their Newest Product Will Be Available on August 1st: Zaila Bi-Color

With the latest announcement from Nila about their new Zaila Bi-Color at NAB 2019, Dave’s Grip and Lighting is excited to get this new lighting product on our grip truck Miami fleet as quickly as possible. The first expected shipping date is expected on August 1, 2019. This new Nila product comes with the Nila Precision Colortune system, which has the technology you need to bring your production to new heights. We are the grip and lighting company to turn to when you need to make jaws drop...

K5600: A New Era of LED Lighting Has Arrived

K5600 Joker 300 K5600 Announces New LED Lighting Products Designed with Their Five Core Values at the Heart of the Designs We’ve seen it time and time again where manufacturers release new products annually that don’t quite meet their quality standards. K5600, Inc. held off on this announcement for 10 years as quality standards were met before releasing any new products to the public. These new LED lighting products were designed with K5600’s core values in mind: ruggedness, versatility,...

The Advantages of Shooting on Location in Miami

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A producer buddy of mine and I put this piece together loaded with insider tips and information on our favorite Miami locations. Do you want to know where to find the most interesting Miami neighborhood locations? How to easily permit your Miami shoot? Or, how to get that sales tax exemption? Well, if so, read on… Today, film locations in Florida and Miami are more than just the ones located on its famous beaches. Miami is now grown up and with its varied neighborhoods, there’s...

My Tribute to a Grip Industry Great – Ed Phillips

Ed Phillips of Matthews Studio Equipment was one of the warmest, friendliest manufacturers whom I ever met in my long career in the grip business.  It was always super fun chatting with him at CineGear and NAB. A huge smile always on his face, he was great at giving knowledge and information on ‘all things grip’!    Ed was passionate about the film business.  He loved young people and watching them grow up in the grip and lighting business.  He was...

Our Favorite Affordable LED Film Lights for Low-Budget Filmmaking

Most filmmakers rent a standard Arri or Lowell film light kits for their productions. A smart decision, because placing an emphasis on good lighting is one of the best and most cost-effective ways to keep production value high. But what do you do if you’re a low budget filmmaker who’s looking for ways to get great lighting effects but need to do it as inexpensively as possible? Besides using all the natural light you can, two great options are fluorescents and LED film lights. Fluorescents:...

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...