referred to in American and Canadian film-making, the key grip is the chief grip on the set, similar to a foreman at a construction site; the key grip directs a crew of grips, some with specialized skills such as dolly grips, crane operators, camera car operators, etc. generally, the key grip is the director;
"Fuckface! Who here's the key grip?" --Les Grossman questioning why the Tropic Thuder shoot was messed up.
by swf January 12, 2009