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Grip Tips: How to Roll Up Sound Blankets

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How to roll up sound blankets was one of the first things I learned on my first day on set as a grip. We had dozens of sound blankets in the truck that came from the rental house folded up and the Key Grip insisted they be stored rolled up as a jelly roll.

In the video he calls it a “sound blanket burrito”, here in Toronto, Canada we usually call them a “jelly roll”.

I was doing research on what tutorials already exist so HowToFilmSchool doesn’t repeat stuff and I found this fantastic tutorial on rolling up a sound blanket. I had intended on shooting this myself over the weekend, but Youtuber Michael McQueen has beat me to it. None the less, he does a great job and I’m glad to share his awesome tutorial with our readers.

Want to practice rolling up some sound blankets? You can purchase some sound blankets on Amazon.com for a great price.

Why Should you store sound blankets this way?

There are a couple of reasons:

  • Sound blankets stored this way are far easier to count and keep track of
  • When needing a sound blanket for an actors head or knees its already prepared
  • They make a great pillow for napping during lunch
  • You look like a bad ass when you arrive on set with one, grab it by the fold and shake it loose

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  1. richardsatorurichardsatoru01-29-2013

    Thanks! I was trying to do this the other day from memory, and now I see that I had it all wrong…

    I also didn’t know it was sometimes called a jelly roll. I’ve always heard it referred to as a burrito (US).

    Nice blog, by the way!

    • IggyIggy01-29-2013

      Thanks Richard. I was rolling them up the wrong way for a long time! Only last year did I learn about folding it back first.

      I actually never heard them referred to as a burrito until watching that video.

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