Grip course - MONDEL – L’Atelier du Cinéma – Training Center for Technical Cinema and Television Professions


The grip is responsible for the handling, installation, and dismantling of equipment required so that members of the camera department can achieve shots envisioned by the director. They operate under the supervision of the key grip.

More specifically, the grip non-exclusively performs most or all of the following tasks:

  • moves, installs, and dismantles camera supports, tripods, cranes, dollies, etc., and for this purpose, notably uses framing wood, chains, cables, winches, rails, and scaffolding;
  • operates, as needed, some of the equipment mentioned in the previous paragraph;
  • adjusts, as needed, reflectors and light diffusion gels.

*Please note that the use of the masculine gender has been adopted for ease of reading and is not intended to be discriminatory.

Course plan

  • What is a grip? Principles of light and shadow
  • Understanding measurement units. Weight and counterweights
  • Preparation of a breakdown – team/equipment
  • Equipment knowledge
  • Diffusions and neutral densities (flexible and rigid)
  • Dollys and rails
  • Working at heights
  • Safe use of a telescopic forklift
  • Safe use of an aerial work platform
  • Safe use of a forklift
  • Working with water. Rain, pool, boat, and ice field
  • Camera car-hood mount, door mount
  • Truck stowage, preventive driving, and practice
  • Tent construction
  • The grip’s work with the shoulder-mounted cameraman and steady cam operator
  • Safety code – camera car and grip work
  • Real-life scenarios

Mandatory basic general course

Here is the content of the mandatory basic general course for all training:

  • “Masterclass” type conference for everyone
  • History of Quebec cinema
  • First aid course
  • Teamwork / Interaction with other departments / Hierarchy
  • Understanding of hazardous products (WHMIS)
  • Occupational health and safety. Ergonomics advice/Thermal control (cold and hot). Fire zone (fires, propane, gas). Fire line-corridor
  • Criminal and penal responsibilities
  • New sanitary measures (COVID).
  • Physical and psychological harassment
  • Law on driving heavy vehicles (law 430)
  • Stowing (general), SAAQ road code.
  • Transportation Policies-Drugs, Alcohol, tickets, fines. ATV-Golf cart
  • Awareness of residents and the unpredictables of locations-Impact on shooting locations-living environment
  • Understanding of direction and production documents
  • Understand the chain of all departments associated with a production
  • Application of green sets
  • Equipment responsibilities
  • Thorough knowledge of the AQTIS-514-IATSE union agreement
  • Introduction to associative life – AQTIS 514 IATSE
  • What is a producer? Role in production and interaction with the technical team
  • Relationship between the actor’s profession and technicians
  • Personal finance