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Dolly Grip

The dolly grip is not the designated Barbie wrangler, but a specialist member of the grip department. 

What Are You, New?

So you show up for your very first day of work on set, and you tell the best boy electric, who isn’t any kind of boy you’ve ever seen, that you’re an electrician coming to work.

He says:


Grips are the “make it work” people. They are trained in the art of pulling solutions out of thin air. The grip department, as its namesake indicates, is the keeper of the bag of tricks, and good grips have a gadget or gizmo for every potential need—or they can bend, twist, or cut something to work. Primarily the grip department is concerned with cutting light (the saying goes that electricians make the light and grips make the shadows) and facilitating camera movement.


When Marlon Brando clutched his heart and staggered to the ground in The Godfather, surrounded by his cherished tomato plants, did you ever spare a thought to wonder who actually maintained the Don’s famous garden? It was the work of a greensman, the member of the film crew with a green thumb who procures, places, and looks after any vegetation on the film set. Working with real or artificial landscaping, the greensman works to make a lowly patch of dirt look like the Garden of Eden and a mundane Hollywood backlot look like an alien rainforest.

Key Costumer

The key costumer is responsible for supervising the on-set activities of the wardrobe department, including managing personnel and maintaining the costume designer’s artistic vision.


The director is the ultimate creative voice of a film; he or she holds the core vision of the project and leads the cast and crew through preproduction, principal photography, and post-production. Like a general on the field of battle, the director sees the whole picture, and is the one who plans strategy, delegates tasks, and inspires the troops to achieve the goal.


Napoleon once said that an army marches on its stomach; as anyone in the film industry knows, this is also true for the hundreds of people it takes to make a movie. Caterers are not just useful for providing massive quantities of delicious food at corporate events and weddings, but are also pivotal to the movie-making process, feeding everyone on the film set from the actors to the grips and all in between.

Boom Operator

Boom operators assist the production sound mixer by holding and operating a microphone attached to a long pole so that it is in the ideal position to capture the dialogue of the actors and other sounds. The boom operator decides where to place radio and clip microphones during recording and also assists with other sound equipment throughout productions.

Best Boy Grip

The assistant to the key grip is the best boy, responsible for supervising the department technicians. This moniker applies to both male and female technicians, and is derived from the pre-union days of film when the elevated rank was granted conditionally to the best and brightest on the team.

Key Grip

Best guess is the term “grip” comes from the old English theater, and referred to a tool bag or “bag of tricks.” When someone called for the grip, a technician would fetch the bag. Over time, “get the grip” was a call for the person with the grip, and eventually the term stuck to that technician. In American theater the term is long forgotten, but it has translated into film and television production.