Grip & Electric Intensive


NOV 15 – NOV 17 2019

Location: Lumberyard Center for Film and Performing Arts. Workshop is limited to 12 participants.

Registration fee: $500 $425 Special Offer!
Full and partial scholarships are available to attend this workshop.

Important Dates

Oct 21: Extended Application deadline

Oct 21 – Oct 31: Committee application review | Interviews with finalists

Nov 1: Acceptance announcement

Nov 8: Workshop registration fee due

Nov 15: Workshop begins!



What is a Best Boy, Gaffer, or Grip and what do they do? Stockade Works Intensive will provide participants with a solid overview of the Grip & Electric departments from pre-production to production. Come learn from industry pros in this hands-on learning experience.

This workshop is especially suited for those who are interested in working on set with equipment in a high-paced environment. If you like working with your hands, putting equipment together, want to understand more about lighting concepts, and want to understand more about what it takes to work on set, come join us!

This workshop will provide trainees with:

  • Departmental roles and chain of command

  • Training experience with Grip & Electric equipment

  • Lighting and Grip set-ups, techniques, and theory

  • Shoot day hands-on learning

  • Basic Set 101 instruction so that graduates feel prepared to work on set.

No production experience is necessary. Those who may have experience with building, electrical work, machinery, and other related transferable skills are encouraged to apply.

Upon successful completion of this intensive, participants will be referable for assistant positions on upcoming film and television productions.

Full and partial scholarships are available.

Lunch will be provided on Saturday and Sunday as well as light snacks and drinks throughout the workshop and ride sharing will be made available as needed.

Pre-requisites: Stockade Works is particularly seeking diverse members of the community and women who are typically precluded from jobs in the film production sector. No experience is necessary. In order to attend workshops participants must be 18 years of age or older.



All times are subject to minor changes. Final schedule to be provided upon acceptance.
DAY ONE: Friday, November 15 • 4PM – 8PM
DAY TWO: Saturday, November 16 • 8:00AM – 5:00PM
DAY THREE: Sunday, November 17 • 8:00AM – 5:00PM



Ted Lehane

Ted Lehane has been a Grip in film and television for over 25 year’s; and a proud member of the Motion Picture Studio Mechanics IATSE Local 52 for 16 years. Working primarily in New York, but also in Los Angeles and several films on locations around the US and Mexico; Ted has been the Key Grip on over 22 motion pictures including ”High Art”, ”5 Flights Up” and Sofia Coppola’s soon to be released ”On the Rocks”. He has also been the Key Grip on ”Person of Intrest” (Season 2) and the Key Grip on all six seasons of CBS ”Madam Secretary”. Ted is also the co-owner of Empire State Grips, a grip and camera support rental company.

Wally McGrady

Wally McGrady has been a grip, director of photography, camera assistant and photographer for more than 30 years. He’s been a member of IATSE Local 52 and Local 600 since 1990. Though mainly working as an on-set still photographer today, he has deep experience in lighting and moving camera on hundreds of TV shows, feature films and commercials. Having lived in the Catskills for the past 20 years, he looks forward to meeting with the next generation of Hudson Valley film technicians.

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