Watch: 4 Knots That Will Come in Handy on a Film Set

Knowing how to tie knots is essential if you're going to be securing or rigging anything while on set.

When most of us start out in filmmaking, we don't expect knot-tying to be a skill that will come in handy, but it does—in fact, it can be kind of essential. And unless you grew up on a boat or in the Scouts, chances are the only knot you know how to tie is the bow knot (you know, for your shoes), so you're going to want to find out which ones are commonly used on film sets so you're prepared the next time you're on one. Luckily, PremiumBeat shows you how to tie four of them in this informative video. 

There are quite a number of knots that are extremely useful on set, but the four that PremiumBeat names in the video are probably the most popular:

  • The Bowline
  • The Clove Hitch
  • The Double Sheet Bend
  • The Trucker’s Hitch

If you're wondering why knots would be so important on a film project that is utilizing the most advanced cinematic technology in the world, I understand. As PremiumBeat points out, it seems a little strange that a new tech could rely on such an old one (yes, ropes and knots are technology), but the old is tried and true. Filmmakers have been using knots to rig and secure things on film sets since forever, and if it ain't broke, don't fix it. (Besides, how cheap is rope!)     

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very good YARR!

May 21, 2017 at 12:04AM, Edited May 21, 12:04AM


You forgot the hangman's knot for missed shots.

May 21, 2017 at 2:48AM

Jerry Roe
Indie filmmaker

We use these in Theatre all the time, Great demo.

June 7, 2017 at 2:09PM, Edited June 7, 2:09PM

Sketkh Williams

Yes I tried this trick and works really you can get latest updates of general retailer Kroger from

April 17, 2019 at 11:45AM