Film Production
Grip Training Program


Learn about LaGuardia’s exciting new Film Production Grip Training Program! Explore the many roles of a grip and develop the skills necessary to begin a career in the well-paid and growing industry of film production.
Film Production Services
Film Production How to Apply


  • Attend an information session
    • You will be given a walkthrough of the assessment and application process
    • You will have the opportunity to ask questions
  • Complete a short online assessment by December 21, 2023
  • Submit an application by December 21, 2023
    • Selected applicants will then be invited to participate in the interview process which will take place between January 8 – January 22, 2024
  • Complete a virtual interview
  • Selected applicants will be notified of acceptance into the Bridge Program by January 25, 2024
    • Bridge Course begins January 30, 2024 and ends on February 29, 2024
    • Completion of the Bridge Course guarantees admittance into the Film Grip Training Course, which begins March 5, 2024 and ends May 21, 2024


  • 18 years old
  • High school diploma or equivalency
  • New York tristate area resident
  • Available to attend Tuesdays & Thursdays from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm


Build your foundational knowledge and start developing the daily skills necessary to work on a professional film set as a grip. You will become familiar with core competencies such as construction terminology, set etiquette, best practices, and safety rules and procedures used while working on a set as well as electric and power tools. This course prepares you for the Film Production Grip Training course. (30 hours)

Instructor: Brian Walls

Grips are active in all stages of professional film production and help to keep sets safe and highly efficient. Learn how to operate tools and develop the skills that are needed during the course of a professional production in this hands-on training that mimics an actual film set. (60 hours) Pre-requisite: Bridge to Film Production Grip Training.

Instructors: Seth McAllister & Christopher Tonkin

Information Session – Film Production Grip Training Program

Learn about LaGuardia’s exciting new Film Production Grip Training Program! In-person and virtual information sessions, hosted by Program Manager Program details, admission requirements, candidate assessment and interview process Q & A All residents in the tri-state area are welcome. For more information contact Gregory Hernandez at (  

Bridge Program (Film Production Grip Training Program)

The Bridge program will serve as an introduction to the core competencies of working on a professional set as a Grip. This course will provide a foundation for students to become acclimated with construction terminology, set etiquette, best practices, safety rules and procedures while working on a set and operating electric and power tools. Additionally, students will develop skills and become familiar with many tools that they will use on a daily basis as a Grip. Completion of this course will prepare students for the Grip Training Program. This course totals 30 hours. Scholarships available to eligibe participants

Location: 7th Floor Studio 11

Weekday: Tuesday,Thursday

Time: 06:00 PM – 09:00 PM

Fee: $0

Course Code: FILM099W24.T05.01.00

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  • Key Grips: $463.62 (Day Rate)
  • 2nd Grip: $405.04 (Day Rate)
  • 3rd Grip: $387.28 (Day Rate)


Film Production Eligibility


No experience is required 

No. Classes are only held on Tuesdays & Thursdays. Only one absence is excused. 

Briefly, for dolly grip workflow. This class will NOT emphasize the use of cameras. 

No, this program is for 90 hours. You need over 300 hours to get into the union. 


Local Union 52 – facilitates class sessions.



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