Clamps 101: Everything You Need to Know About Using Them in Your Films

There are a handful of filmmaking tools you're always going to need on-set, and one of those is the clamp.

You're always going to need to hang, fly, or mount something to something while shooting your project. There are tons of ways to do that, but you're going to want to keep a bunch of clamps handy when the time comes to do so. Jay P. Morgan of The Slanted Lens gives a great lesson for the uninitiated on different types the pros use, as well as how they use them. Check it out below:

There are all sorts of clamps to use for filmmaking, some pretty standard, others more specialized, but these are the 6 clamps Morgan mentions in the video:

Morgan also gives a shopping list for those who want to get their clamp starter kit in order:

  • 10 Spring Clamps
  • 3 Mafers
  • A Platypus

This gives you the ability to fly or mount pretty much anything with the A-clamps, hang backdrops and lights with the super clamps, and hold whichever kind of reflector you're using -- one that has a larger surface area and needs the added support a Platypus offers. This setup has you covered for what you're going to need for a basic shoot, but as your projects get more complicated and call for more, you can always start adding to your clamp arsenal with the ones Morgan talks about in the video.

What kinds of clamps do you think are most helpful on a film shoot? What clamps did Morgan not mention that you think filmmakers should absolutely have on hand? Let us know in the comments below!     

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Can we get some original editor written topics?

These re-posted videos explaining what happens in the video make me want to come to NFS less and less.

December 21, 2015 at 7:36AM


Have you read the original articles? I'm happy with the way things are now.

December 21, 2015 at 8:24AM, Edited December 21, 8:24AM

Tobias N
Director of Photography

What's wrong with the original articles? I love when writers give updates on what they are working on and share their first hand experiences.

Highly prefer those over re-posted youtube videos.

December 21, 2015 at 10:56AM


my favorite clamp is a cardellini. I use them to put wireless receivers on rolling stands for focus monitors, you can put a lot of weight on them and they are easy to tighten very tight for safety

December 23, 2015 at 5:50PM

Peter Staubs
Camera Assistant