The Key Grip
The key grip is chief of the grip department on a film set and manages a team of grips. The grip department is responsible for setting up, maintaining and/or operating production equipment such as:
- Cranes and platforms
- Dolly tracks
- Cameras cars
- Lighting equipment (USA & Canada)
Note: In Britain the term grip applies specifically to camera-mounting equipment, not lighting.
The key grip also often acts as the set safety monitor.