Chicago-based seasoned gaffer with over 28 years experience working on a vast range of productions. 3 - ton grip truck rental & 1 -ton van grip and lighting packages available.
I am exclusively a professional Gaffer. I am not a camera op, audio guy, producer or someone looking to get into the industry. I have a passion and expertise for lighting and strive to provide great images for D.P.'s and clients from all over the world.
I began my career after graduating form Carnegie Mellon University working on live action and tabletop spots. I have extensive experience working on corporate, or as we used to call them "industrials". For many years I worked on feature films, my first being "Backdraft" in 1991 directed by Ron Howard. Early in my career I made a substantial investment in gear and currently have a generous, and constantly growing one-ton van and 3-ton grip and lighting trucks. I will occasionally work on an indie film however most of my work is commercials, corporate and TV. I still enjoy table top and currently work with one of Chicago's preeminent food photographer. Please consider me for your next project large or small. I am comfortable working with a minimal crew or large scale productions.
Available for travel anywhere in the midwest. Will work as a local hire in Chicago, Madison, and Milwaukee.
Full range of Grip & Lighting equipment for rent, including Grip truck rentals
Excellently maintained one and three ton packages
I can put whole crews together for you in Chicago. All the best grips, audio, makeup artists, p.a.'s, prompter operators etc.
Locations and clients always treated with care and respect.
“I’ve hired Andy Cook many times because he combines a great work ethic with a wide skill set and a genuine passion for good work.” Dallas Jenkins, filmmaker Chicago
"Andy, his crews and his well stocked warehouse of lighting and grip gear are an asset to film production in the Chicago and Great Lakes region. He is absolutely my go-to for all things G&E.”-Holland Kemp Producer- MAKE NYC/LA
Great gear, great attitude, great guy. My go to Chicago resource. Richard DeLigter Real Productions, Inc. NYC
I loved working with Andrew, hard worker, tireless and great attitude. I highly recommend him. Louie Psihoyos -Director Oscar award winner best Documentary "The Cove"
"I feel lucky to have found a talented and reliable gaffer for whenever I travel to Chicago for productions! Andy provides tremendous communication before and during shoots that helps everything run smoother and look stunning. Going beyond having an artistic eye on set, he helped me staff up my entire crew with a solid team from camera to sound to makeup. What more can I say? Andy is just a generous, entertaining, and relaxed dude to work with!"
- David Hudson Executive Producer Cinesaurus Seattle WA
I have been in the industry since 1985.
I have worked several jobs with Andrew. Very competent Gaffer with an extensive background. Highly recommended!