How To be

A Film Grip


How To Be

A Film Grip


30 Lessons

5+ hours of
instructional video

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30 Lessons

5+ hours of
instructional video

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From basics to advanced lessons,
master the trade of an elite Set Grip

How To Be a Film Grip is perfect for anyone who wants to land a union job! In this grip masterclass, you’ll learn everything from the pre-rigging basics like setting up a C-stand to more advanced tasks like harnessing lights and diffusion sources.

Additional course highlights include lighting mastery skills such as shaping and controlling light, altering lighting quality with bounce light, creating depth, mood, and emotion, as well as working with light modifiers.

Course Includes:

Detailed written breakdowns

Top-down lighting schematics

Side by side comparisons

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Look Inside The Course

  • Shane Hurlbut teaches how to use C-stand
  • Filmmakers Academy members mount wall spreader
  • Shane Hurlbut mounts light on beam - Shane Hurlbut mounts light on beam
  • How To Be a Film Grip - Filmmakers Academy


  • How To Build a Soft Box
  • How To Rig a Soft Box
  • How To Use a Wall Spreader
  • Lighting and Grip Packages
  • Knots You Need to Know Part 1: Bowline
  • Knots You Need to Know Part 2: Clove Hitch
  • Knots You Need to Know Part 3: The Sheep Shank
  • Knots You Need to Know Part 4: Figure 8
  • C-Stands: The Basics
  • C-Stands: Etiquette and Shaping Light Basics
  • Shaping Light and Shadow
  • Shaping and Controlling Light
  • Shaping Light and Shadow: Nailing the Close-Up
  • HA Podcast Episode 11: Creating Depth Mood and Emotion with Lighting
  • Bounce Light: Mastering Light Quality and Theory
  • Bounce Light: White
  • Bounce Light: Matching Practical Light with Colored Bounce Sources
  • Bounce Light: Soft Silver
  • Bounce Light: Hard Silver
  • Bounce Light: Gold
  • Chimera Softbank
  • Chimera Pancakes
  • HA Podcast Episode 4: Lighting in Layers and Understanding Light Quality
  • Rosco Diffusion Series Part 1: Hanover Frost Brushed Silk and Light Opal
  • Rosco Diffusion Series Part 2: Tough Frost Diffusions
  • Rosco Diffusion Series Part 3: Frost Diffusions
  • Rosco Diffusion Series Part 4: Tough White Diffusion
  • Rosco Diffusion Series Part 5: Grid Cloths
  • Rosco Diffusion Series Part 6: Color Grid Cloths

About The Mentor

Director of photography Shane Hurlbut, ASC works at the forefront of cinema as a storyteller, innovator and discerning collaborator, who brings more than three decades of experience to his art. He is a member of the American Society of Cinematographers, the International Cinematographers Guild/Local 600, and The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Some of his film credits include: We Are Marshall, Terminator: Salvation, Need for Speed, Act of Valor, Semi-Pro, The Greatest Game Ever Played, Into the Blue, Mr 3000, among many others. 

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