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The perfect grip kit checklist

Building the Perfect Grip Kit

Grip kits are probably one of the most overlooked items in a filmmakers’ arsenal. Typically born from necessity, a grip kit contains all the miscellaneous items that one might need for all the “what if” moments on a shoot.

We wanted to make a list of items as a solid starting point for building the perfect grip kit. This is by no means the end all be all of lists. But will help get you headed in the right direction for customizing your kit to fit your particular needs. Download the Grip Kit Checklist PDF

Clamps

  • Justin Clamps – Spring clamps with a coldshoe mount. Great for clipping speedlights to doors, shelves, etc. 
  • Super Clamps – Perfect for adding a second light to a stand or anywhere with a 5/8 pin. 
  • A-Clamps – Used to suspend diffusion material, modify wardrobes or even hold bounce cards. 
  • Mafer Clamp – Perfect for clamping to pipes and tubular objects. 

Tape

  • Spike Tape - Brightly colored tape great for setting actors marks. 
  • Gaffers Tape - The MacGyver of any grip kit. This tape leaves no sticky residue and fixes everything. 
  • Masking Tape 
  • Duct Tape

Materials 

  • Lee Filters - Color Effect Filters and Diffusion Filters. 
  • Cinefoil - Black tinfoil used to block light at the source. 
  • Tri-Grip Reflector - Used for bouncing light onto a subject. 
  • Superior Seamless Paper - To create smooth and even backgrounds. 
  • Blankets 
  • Tarps

Essential Tools 

  • Screwdrivers
  • Pliers
  • Wrench
  • Leatherman
  • Measuring Tape 
  • Work Gloves
  • Rags/Cloths 
  • Glass Cleaner 
  • Stainless Steel Cleaner
  • Flashlight
  • Zip Ties 
  • Bungee Cords
  • Rope 
  • Sharpies and Pens 
  • Batteries 
  • Extension Cords 
  • Chargers 
  • Paper Towels 
  • Hairspray 

Phew, that was a lot. There is always going to be something to exchange, add or rework dependent upon the type of shoot your headed to.  What are the must have items in your grip kit? Let us know in the comments and for a full list of grip kit equipment you can rent for an upcoming shoot.