As an Independent Filmmaker, (a.k.a. the Producer of a/your Project), you will be auditioning independent Grips for your Project. As an independent the Grip is not an employee, nor partner, nor agent of the Producer and/or of the Production Company.
Grips are lighting and rigging technicians in the film and video industries. They make up their own department on a film set and are led by a Key Grip. Grips have two principle roles on a set. First is to work closely with the camera department, especially if the camera is mounted to a dolly, crane or other unusual position. Second is to work closely with the electrical department to put in the lighting set-ups necessary for a shot.
Grips also satisfy rigging needs on set. Rigs can include working with pulleys, steel cable or trusses, rigging cars on process trailers and placing camera and lights all around the vehicle to achieve driving shots. Grips are also responsible for safety on the set as it relates to the force of gravity. Insofar as stands, ladders, scaffolds, and overhead rigs are properly installed. Grips are charged with making them safe due for crew members to climb on, walk around, or otherwise negotiate the different grip set-ups.
Signing this contract the independent Grip is assigning any and all Rights to their performance over to the Producer.
This Agreement between the independent Grip and the Producer is drafted in plain English that is easy to read and comprehend. This is a four page, thirteen clause legal Agreement. The Agreement may be filled in on your computer or printed out and filled in later.
Boiler–plate clauses, amongst others in the Agreement, include: confidentiality, dismissal for drug/alcohol/illegal photographs/nuisance etc., engagement dates, termination notice. Your Lawyer will draft any and all other clauses for your Project’s unique situations and circumstances.
We regularly receive feedback that we have successfully drafted our filmmaker contracts to be as complete as possible for all legal situations. However, should you experience a unique personal situation requiring the drafting of a special clause, please contact us at your convenience. Otherwise, you may be obliged to find a local entertainment lawyer experienced in the film making industry who will draft any and all other clauses for your Project’s unique situation or circumstance.
This Agreement is part of the Director’s Deal, and the Producer’s Deal.
Grip Name: ____________________________________________
Producer(s) Name: _______________________________________________
Producer Company: ______________________________________________
Project Name: __________________________________________________
Project Genre: _________________________________________________
(film, music video, stage production, game show, etc)
Herein this Agreement the Independent Filmmaker is called the “Producer”.
1. Subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement, the above named and below signed Producer hereby engages the above named and below signed Grip as an “Independent Grip” to perform the services set forth herein, and the Grip hereby accepts such engagement.
2. The Grip shall work in coordination with the Director and the Director of Photography and the Gaffer and any and all personnel required to create the lighting and rigging as necessary for the Project.
3. If the Grip is providing her/his own Lighting and or Rigging Equipment note the assets on Appendix “A”. The Grip hereby warrants that her/his equipment is adequate for the Project, and that the Grip’s Equipment listed in Appendix “A” is of durable and suitable quality for the Project.
4. The Grip shall not sign any contracts for or on behalf of the Producer nor the Director nor the Project in any way nor manner whatsoever.
5. The Grip will commence duties on ______________, 20__ and continue until _____________, 20___. Consumption of Drugs or Alcohol before or during the Grip’s time on the Project and or creating a nuisance that interrupts the Project in any manner whatsoever will command immediate dismissal from . . . (continued) </h5>