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What is a Key Grip?

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The key grip is the head of the grip department and the primary member of a film crew responsible for the physical aspects of the set. The key grip is often assisted by a team of grips, who handle the heavy lifting and other physically demanding tasks.

In addition to their practical skills, key grips must also be able to problem-solve on the fly and think creatively to solve any number of challenges that may arise during production. On smaller film crews the key grip will also serve as the dolly grip building and operating the dolly when necessary.

Because of their critical role in the filmmaking process, key grips are often considered to be among the most important members of a film crew. Although they may not receive as much credit as the director or cinematographer, without a key grip, many films would simply be impossible to make.