Knots Every Grip Should Know

Often new grips ask me — “Hey Dave show me some knots.”  Well, a few of these take some time to learn! When rigging lights and grip over people’s heads you’d better have that knot mastered!  These videos by Greg Hewett, a career grip, show you exactly what you need to know about rigging knots.  These grip knots can be used to rig 20 x 20’s, all overhead butterfly’s, large stands to hard points,  pop up tents, you name it — they’ll be fastened...

A Great Lighting Resource – Rosco’s SoftDrop

We’re always on the search for ways to enhance our lighting kit and we recently came across these wicked cool SoftDrop backdrops by Rosco.  They look fantastic and with their extra large seamless size a Director of Photography can shoot from all angles without shooting a seam. They are 100% woven cotton and have a super matte finish so they don’t create lighting reflections — a DP’s nightmare.  They also don’t require as many lights as other backdrops.  The Rosco SoftDrops...

NAB 2015 – Kessler CineSlider™

  We were impressed with the Kessler CineSlider™ at NAB 2015.  It’s an extremely beefy and durable camera slider built for the heaviest rigs but it’s more lightweight than others and sets up quick. Reinforced aluminum, protected rails and precision machining make it a great tool in your bag of tricks.  We were wondering when the boys at Kessler would come up with a slider for the big jobs. Hats off to Eric Kessler — they have done a great job!  Call us at Dave’s...

ARRI SkyPanel Soft Light’s Debut at NAB 2015

This was one of the coolest lights we saw this year at the NABShow! These robust lights with aluminum bodies, simple controls have a large aperture. The light wraps beautifully for lighting actors.  It has adjustable color temperature from 2800K – 10,000K and add many types of diffusion with the front diffusion frame. Light draws 400 watts and output exceeds a 2K soft light. You can also power the light with batteries. We think the Arri SkyPanel will be relevant for a long time!  

Benefits of Renting ARRI Lighting Systems

The  ARRI M8 is the smallest and newest edition to the ARRIMAX line of daylight HMI studio lights designed to compete with the ever-popular K5600 Joker 800 HMI fixture. ARRI lights are the most desired lighting systems for any production, and the latest ARRI M-Series is exactly what Producers and Directors of Photography are looking for. The ARRI M8 is equipped with ARRIMAX Technology and its patented, open face design makes ARRI surpass the competition. M8 lights can be focused between 15° and...

Hive Lighting Plasa Fixtures at NAB 2015

Hive Lighting brought out some cool new plasma lighting toys to NAB 2015 this year.  The innovative  Drone Source 4 Spot Kit shown here has tunable color from Tungsten to Moonlight and has other great features such as a Leko lens barrel for focus and directional control or use of an optional soft-box to diffuse the light. The Hive Drone Source 4 Spot Kit shown at NAB 2015 The Drone has Tungsten, Hybrid, Daylight, and even a Moonlight color temperature setting! For those of you unfamiliar with plasma...

NAB 2015 Update: Matthews Brauer Hostess Tray Door Mount Kit

The Matthews Brauer Hostess Tray Kit shown at NAB 2015 This new camera mount system now available at Dave’s Grip and Lighting debuted at NAB 2015. It allows you to mount nearly any modern camera package or even a gimbal stabilization system safely to a door in about five minutes. With this tray in place, the door can be opened and closed without restriction – a real convenience for the production.   Legacy door mount systems were far bulkier, certainly heavier and, without a doubt, took much...

Dave’s provides Grip and Lighting for Spotzen’s production of the LPGA 2015 Branding videos.

Dave’s Grip and Lighting was hired again by Austin, Texas production company Spotzen to provide  crew and equipment for the LPGA’s 2015 branding videos shot in the days preceding the CME Group Tour Championship at Tiburon Golf Resort in Naples, FL. Director Rich Tlapek discusses the shot with LPGA golfers Paula Creamer and Belen Mozo. For the grip team we provided a 3-ton grip truck with ARRI M40 and M18 HMI lighting, generators, and a 4ft CamRunner slider. Camera department worked with...