Grip & Electric 101 - The Academy of Film, Fashion & Design

Grip & Electric 101

Beginning filmmakers are often assigned to departments other than they had anticipated once on a film shoot. In having to wear many hats, these are things that everyone, regardless to which department you may be assigned, that you must know the order to be successful. Without this “must know” knowledge you could be embarrassed, if not fired. This course is designed for anyone who wants to work on a set.

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Course Information

In this course we will explore the basic concepts, equipment and conduct associated with a role in the Grip, Lighting or Electric department on a film or video set. This introductory course will give you all of the tools you need to step onto set for your first day as a G&E PA or Gofer with full confidence. This seminar includes detailed discussions of set protocol and etiquette, equipment demonstrations and other helpful information for working on set.

This course covers everything you’ll need to know before your first day on set working in the Lighting, Grip or Electrical department.

Topics in this course include:

  • Equipment setup & handling specific to each department
  • Lingo & terminology
  • Positions & set hierarchy
  • Safety
  • Set expectations & etiquette


  • 1.1 Introduction
  • 1.2 First Day on Set – Part 1
  • 1.3 First Day on Set – Part 2
  • 1.4 Grip Gac – Part 1
  • 1.5 Grip Gac – Part 2
  • 1.6 Apple Boxes
  • 1.7 Gels
  • 1.8 Basic Light Concepts
  • 1.9 Stands – Part 1
  • 1.10 Stands – Part 2
  • 1.11 Flags and Light Shaping
  • 1.12 Lights
  • 1.13 Electric
  • 1.14 Framing Grip Notes
  • 1.15 Conclusion

Meet our expert

  • Bobby Marinelli

    BobbyMarinelli is a Floridian born filmmaker. In 2006, he graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s in Telecommunication Production. Soon after he began working in television, with production credits on Discovery Channel’s Miami Ink and Dual Survival and TLC’s What Not to Wear. In 2010, he received a Master of Fine Arts in Film Production from Florida State University’s College of Motion Picture Arts. His thesis film “Waking Eloise” won, among other honors, a College Television Award for comedy short, the Grand Jury Prize for a short at Dances With Films and inclusion in the 2011 American Pavilion’s Emerging Filmmakers Showcase at the Cannes Film Festival. Bobby’s feature film work includes Production Designing 2012’s Roswell FM, 2014’s Altitude, 2015’s The Accident and Art Directing the 2013 Sundance Film Festival Selection, The Rambler.

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