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    What do you always want in a grip truck?
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    Hi,

    I'm just wondering if anybody has some items that they always request in a grip truck and why.

    Best regards, -AJ


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    It depends on what I'm shooting...interiors, exteriors, night, day, etc. A good mix of size stands, reflectors, clamps, hardware, etc. I also always make sure not to underestimate the number of sandbags and appleboxes I carry.


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    Here's a typical 3 ton set up

    Stands
    2 Hi-Hi Stands
    6 Combo Stands
    4 Beefy Baby Stands
    4 Baby Roller Stands
    1 Low Combo Stands
    12 40" C-Stands
    Hardware
    2 18" Bar Clamps
    4 4" C-Clamps
    4 6" C-Clamps w/ Stud
    2 8" C-Clamps w/ Junior
    4 Baby Pipe Hangers
    2 Junior Pipe Hangers
    2 4 1/2" Grip Heads
    2 2 1/2" Grip Heads
    1 Baby Offset Arms
    1 Junior Riser
    4 Step Blocks
    1 Turtle Stand
    1 Junior Offset Arms
    2 Short Arms
    4 3" Baby Plates
    2 Right Angle Baby Plate
    2 Junior Plates
    2 Junior Stand Adapters
    2 Tubing Hangers
    4 Mafer Clamps
    4 Gaffer Grips
    4 Ceiling Studs
    2 Chain Vice Grips
    8 1" Spring Clamps
    10 2" Spring Clamps
    1 2x4 Wall Spreader
    Flags
    4 18x24 Flags
    2 18x24 Singles
    2 18x24 Doubles
    2 18x24 Silks
    2 18x24 Frames
    4 24x36 Flags
    2 24x36 Singles
    2 24x36 Doubles
    2 24x36 Silks
    2 24x36 Frames
    2 48x48 Floppies
    1 48x48 Singles
    1 48x48 Doubles
    1 48x48 Silks
    2 48x48 Frames
    1 Flag Box
    Overheads
    1 6x6 Solid
    1 6x6 Single
    1 6x6 Double
    1 6x6 B/W Griff
    1 6x6 Silk
    1 6x6 Frame
    1 12x12 Solid
    1 12x12 Single
    1 12x12 Double
    1 12x12 B/W Griff
    1 12x12 Silk
    1 12x12 Frame
    Reflectors
    4 42x42 Reflectors
    Apple Boxes &Wedges
    6 Full Apple Boxes
    4 1/2 Apple Boxes
    4 1/4 Apple Boxes
    4 1/8 Apple Boxes
    1 Box of Wedges

    Sandbags
    12 #15 Sandbags
    4 #35 Sandbags
    Miscellaneous Equipment
    4 8' x11' Tarps
    1 Skill Saw
    1 36" Carpenters Level
    1 15 lb. Sledgehammer
    1 4' Step Ladder
    1 6' Step Ladder
    1 Broom
    1 Shovel
    1 Rake
    1 Bullhorn
    4 Furniture Pads
    2 Tall Make-Up Chairs
    2 Director Chairs
    4 Traffic Cones
    1 Ice Chest
    1 Water Cooler

    This pretty much covers it for me. I like to rig lights in strange places, so lots of rigging clamps etc. for me is a must. I also love cookies (cukaloris) plenty of those are good too.
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    On top of a standard 3 ton --like mentioned above.I always request HMI's, (1200's and joker bugs) a Fisher 11 dolly, straight and curved track,Kino's, a Menace arm- with 10,12 or 14ft of speed rail-depending on my shot, a pancake lantern and reflective fabric for either an 8x8ft or 12x12 ft overhead, like GRIFF, if it's not included in the standard package. If outdoors, I must have shiney boards...


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    This should be a sticky...


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    A little off-topic but, but speaking of menace arms, has anyone used Matthew's mini max stand? I'm tempted to get one... I'm always having to arm out kino's and what not... it normally ends up being a jury rigged grip-arm thing or speedpipe.


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    Who decides what equipment goes in the grip and lighting trucks? the DP or would it be the gaffer or best boy..?


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    Quote Originally Posted by crazycatz View Post
    Who decides what equipment goes in the grip and lighting trucks? the DP or would it be the gaffer or best boy..?
    There are no rules in film... Sometimes its all three, or sometimes just the gaffer and grip, all depends. Some DP's work differently than others. Having worked for years in all three positions at the same time on many shoots, I tend to decide whats needed because I've had to make those choices so much. Other DP's just give them details on how they want to shoot ie: "I want it to look like bright sunny shafts of light are flowing into the room and I want to shoot at f/4.0 and have the contrast be at about 6 stops, Go do it!"

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    Most grip trucks are packed with a pre-determined package and you add whatever additional stuff you need that's not already given to you. Some packages are pay by play and others you pay a flat rate for the entire truck.


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    Yo Barry, I have not personally used the mini max set up, and it does look great for carrying a heavy load. A few times , when in a hurry or for a quick set up, I have used the Avenger D-600 mini boom arm to rig a Kino, or hair light, when I had a less than perfect location to work in.


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