A recent commenter mentioned how he is an up and coming dolly grip who often loses out to guys who say they are an "awesome dolly grip." Heh. I told him I've always fallen back on the old axiom that if you have to tell everyone how good you are, you probably aren't that good. Guys, if you ask me, I'll tell you, I'm not that good. And most dolly grips I know will tell you the same thing. What keeps us going is our desire to be better. I've spent years studying camera movement. I watch the work of dolly grips I admire. As a matter of fact, I told my camera operator (one of the most respected in the world) today that I try to model myself after another Dolly Grip I know whom I consider to be one of the best.. Anyone who has to tell you that they are the best, or awesome probably isn't very good. Let your work and your resume speak for itself. The best Dolly Grips I know (and I literally know some of the best in the world) tell me how insecure they are. And that insecurity drives them to go the extra mile. They work that much harder because they honestly don't think they're that great, I'm talking about world-class, A-listers here. If I was a Key Grip or an operator and someone told me they were an "awesome dolly grip" I would move on. If you're good, you don't have to tell anyone. They know.
I raise one for all the awesome Dolly Grips,
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Dead on target. Actions always speak louder than words...
I raise one for you D !
I always tell the focus pullers that I'm not a good dolly grip, but I'm consistent, that way the operator and focus puller can deal with it...
I've been pushing since 1998 and I'm just about to turn 40. Since I started young I've learned to be humble about my abilities because A, I dont know everything and B, actions always speak louder than words. Knowing about axis, chassis orientation, lense sizes, basically making the operators and focus pullers job easier,is one of the most important things. Also, half the shots we shot, it's more feeling than just hitting a mark. A good focus puller will be willing to adjust for a better shot. My. 02 cents.
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