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Speed-C's: The Grip's Secret Weapon

When the DP says we need to key from the right side of frame but have to keep the floor clear of stands, wyd?

Well, it usually begins with a mouth full of Cheetos and a vague hand gesture toward your key grip and the two of you begin to discuss a plan.

In this case we wanted a big soft key source that also needed to be lightweight and low profile. We decided a bounced light from across the room would give us the most spread while still meeting the size and weight requirements for our rig. A Lightbridge CRLS diff 4 (50) seemed like the perfect tool for the job. Now how to get it safely into position?

Introducing my all time favorite piece of grip gear: the speed-c 🙌 😎🏄‍♂️

For those who aren’t familiar, just imagine a c-clamp but with speed rail spanning the distance across the center. Swipe to check out some bts videos.

I’ve seen them used to rig tools in some wild places. Pretty much anywhere you have opposing surfaces, a speed-c can get yer job done. You can configure the ends to squeeze a mounting point, like a regular c-clamp, or flip them so they are pressing outwards, like a little baby spreader 🐣

It’s important to always remember to protect the surfaces you’re clamping to on a location. The mark of a seasoned grip is that they won’t leave any behind! 😉 Use cribbing before attaching speed-c’s to anything. Bonus points if you wrap that cribbing in duve, too!

Anyway, 600D with leko into CRLS, 2x6 solid to flag off the back wall, LiteMat 4 with Snapgrid overhead, Titan Tubes for edge and a fill.

Y’all ever F with speed-c’s? What are some of the coolest rigs you’ve seen?

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Tyler Kaschke is a freelance gaffer with a grip truck based in Lafayette, Colorado serving Boulder, Denver, Golden, Fort Collins, Colorado Springs and the Rocky Mountain region at large.


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