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That Grip Truck Operator Guy

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This past summer I was hired as a Grip Truck Driver/Operator/Master of all things within. I always thought this position (aside from the driving bit) was called a “Swing,” but now I’m not so sure. Every time I think I’ve got set language down, I work with new people and it’s like they switched over from French to Latin. Latin!? I mean, who even speaks that anymore?

In the future, I think I’ll hire a translator to translate all the fancy set language for me.

Anywho, this commercial was renting EFP’s Grip Truck and I got to be the guy to drive it to set and hand out all the gear inside!

And then came the loneliness.

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Look at that shadow. Look how lonely it is. Look.

I discovered that “Guard” was also in my job description. I so very much wanted to help while the filming took place (and felt so very guilty that I wasn’t), but somebody had to guard the truck from sneaky thieves and be there in case any equipment was needed.

It’s an important job. I appreciate the work and the experience, but if I had my choice I’d be on set every time. However, that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t do this again. Au contraire, give me a call if you ever need That Grip Truck Operator Guy.

Someone please tell me what it’s actually called.

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