captleejweb.jpg (82850 bytes)Lee Stone started Miami GRIP, Inc. January, 1991. Lee had seen Camera Cranes brought from New York and California for many of the jobs he was working. 

Lee started in the business at the University of Miami Summer Plays while attending North Miami High School. Upon graduation Lee moved to Tallahassee and The School of Theatre, FSU. In his spare time Lee started Assistant Teaching SCUBA Diving at FSU and later took classes in Cave Diving. This diving experience was his ticket on to his first feature film, Airport 77. Lee and several other stagehands were hired as Underwater Electricians. They set up the underwater lighting and DC distribution for the underwater airplane set.

Lee moved back to Miami in 1980 and started working on stage and films as they came into Miami. During the slower summer season he would Captain offshore Dive Boats and repair regulators at Dive Shops. This dual role worked well for several years until the film industry grew into a year round commitment. Features were coming more frequently and there were more commercials coming every week.

Lee was working as a Key Grip on commercials, and dolly or crane grip on features. There were  no Camera Cranes locally. Another Key Grip, Bruce King, bought a Riding Crane from Tom Countryman and brought it to the Miami area. Lee worked with Bruce and together they used the crane on Miami Vice, Telemundo TV, and Commercials. Bruce wanted to move onto a Grip and Lighting Business and set up Lee with the ownership of the crane.  Miami GRIP, Inc. was started. 

Soon after, the start of Miami GRIP remote heads and remote head cranes started appearing. These were lighter, safer, and faster. Tom Countryman was again contacted for a crane he was building.  The Enlouva II was secured. Next to appear were larger modular cranes for riding and remote, The Movie Tech Phoenix Crane.

Today, Miami GRIP offers the SuperTechno Telescoping Crane with a Stabilized 3 axis Remote Head. Wherever the challenges take us, with God's help we will be there ready, willing, and able to meet them.

Certifications: U.S.C.G. 100 Ton Master Captain, Marine Radio Operator, PADI & NAUI SCUBA Diving Instructor, Microsoft Systems Engineer, Safety Passport for the Motion Picture and Television Industry.

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