“A grip is there to accomplish the lighting goals that are designed by the gaffer. I do a lot of staging of the equipment, set up of lights, and am needed to make adjustments to those lighting set ups so the gaffer can see how those changes affect the light that the camera is picking up.” – Mitch Bequette
One continuous take – an ambitious attempt for any filmmaker, regardless of experience of skill level. Typically, one-takes also refer to as a one shot. A one shot can be when either: a.) a movie is filmed in one, long take by a single camera, or b.) manufactured to give the impression it was (such as Birdman or Alfred Hitchcock’s Rope, which at the time of filming had a camera that could only hold 1000 feet of 35mm – so it was shot and edited to feel like a one shot).
However, when our “EXPOSED” crew member of the week, Grip Mitch Bequette, and his team at Peace Frame Productions were offered the opportunity to produce “Pilots” for the band New Tongues, they took the idea of a “one shot”, and incorporated it with an edited narrative. Ignoring the intimidation of doing everything in one take, Mitch found it to be an exciting challenge:
“A lot of ways we would normally go about setting up lights had to be changed because the camera was moving all over our set. We had to make sure that no matter what angle the camera was looking, none of our rigging was going to be shown.” – Mitch Bequette
Mitch and his team had one night to set up before the shoot, while the actual shooting of the project took one full day. Because the camera had to be able to move without any sign of rigging being shown, a lot of time went into trying to get the lights to do exactly what the group wanted, and then realizing that it may not work due to the c-stands or cables being seen. It takes a lot of patience to create something that will be done in one take – if you mess something up 3 minutes into the 5 minute long shot, your footage is essentially ruined, and it needs to be reshot.
“The position of Grip is looked over a lot in filmmaking. Grips are responsible for physically creating the look on lots of these films. I think people think that grips are just cogs in the filmmaking process, but grips have to be quick and creative problem solvers as well.” – Mitch Bequette
Thank you Mitch and your team for all of the hard work you put into this project! The dedication and passion truly shows. If you would like to hire Mitch Bequette for your next project, please CONTACT US, so we can connect you with him!
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Samantha George (Producer, JJack Productions)