January 28, 2017

Watch: Learn How to Load a Grip Truck the Right Way

Credit: Central Oregon Grip
So...is this your first time? Loading a grip truck that is.

You've done it! You've finally done it! You've graduated from having to haul around your film gear in the back of your 1989 Corolla to hauling it around in a big, fancy grip truck. But before you toss it all in there willy nilly, understand that there is kind of an art to loading one of these beasts. But don't worry, this video by RocketJump Film School shows you how to not only load a grip truck like a pro, but how to come correct to a rental house. Check it out below:

Here are a few things to keep in mind when dealing with a rental house and then subsequently filling a grip truck with their very expensive property.

  • Before you leave the rental house, do a final count to make make sure you have all of the gear you rented.
  • Keep the truck tidy so gear is accessible.
  • Store ladders, frames, etc. in overhead storage (if you have it). 
  • Tie everything down!
  • Make sure your carts are organized.
  • Store carts with the opening facing you so you can access what you need easily.
  • Ratchet your carts and put on the brakes.
  • Communicate clearly (and loudly) when using the lift gate on the truck.

So, there it is! This is good information to have even if you don't have plans on renting gear/truck, because who knows when you'll need it once that sweet grip gig will come along?     

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definitely enjoy this type of content, super helpful. Thank you for sharing!

January 28, 2017 at 2:04PM, Edited January 28, 2:04PM

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This is great, but what is really needed is how to load and organize a regular rental cube truck which is much cheaper than a grip truck. Renting a grip truck is often out of the budget for no to low budget films. I had to rent a regular U Haul type of truck for my last production and it was a disaster! When you don't have the grip carts and shelving to organize equipment, it gets out of control real fast which sucks up time. There must be a trick using relatively cheap supplies to help organize C stands, flags, lights etc. I could probably figure something out, but next time I'm insisting on a proper grip truck.

January 28, 2017 at 3:26PM, Edited January 28, 3:27PM

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Benton Collins
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Lol if this is an american grips truck, what do the sparks do??

C-stands, Flags etc. all fall into the Sparks (electrician) Dept. here in the UK so this grips truck feel very alien to me with all this lighting gear.

January 29, 2017 at 4:15PM

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