How To Use A Wall Spreader

INCLUDED IN THIS LESSON:  7:15 Minutes of Instructional Video, lighting, camera schematics and a glossary of terms for better learningSUPPLIED W/ENGLISH SUBTITLES

IN THIS LESSON YOU WILL LEARN:  This lesson is Part 8 of a 22 part series that takes you on a journey from Script to Screen.  Every nuances is discussed in detail from the first scout with the director, the tech scout, the pre-rig, the blocking, rehearsals to the final angle composed, lit and shot.

This lesson is all about understanding how to measure, cut, prepare, rig and safety a Wall Spreader.  My Key Grip Dietmar will take you through it step by step on his process, what he looks for in the house or space to prepare your wall spreader for the best footing.  We want to leave the location exactly how we found it, is what I was told as a grip and this will show you how to do this and suspend a rig with confidence.

  • How to find the studs
  • How to measure the distance
  • What lumber is required to build a wall spreader
  • What grip tools are necessary
  • What safety tips to prepare you for success

paulk Today

You mentioned safety cables for lights but are there any safety cabling or extra support for the wall spreaders too?

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    • Shane Hurlbut, ASC    22 days ago

      @paulk Hi Paulk, Usually you do not need to safety them, it is all about the pressure and bind factor that keeps them up if done correctly. You can look on my instagram feed and see how I suspended massive rigs without one safety cables.

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FlatArt 6 days ago

Sorry, why would you rather use a wall spreader here instead of a cat-pole?

dimakop 15 days ago

Heavy metal music! haha. That was priceless.