The term best boy is applied to two separate positions on a film crew: best boy grip and best boy electric. On a film set, best boy grip is the second highest ranking crew member in the grip department and works under the direction of the key grip. The best boy electric position in film production refers to the second highest ranking person in the electrical department, underneath the gaffer.
- Ever since I was a kid watching movies,…I've always chuckled when I saw the name…Best Boy in the credits of movies…even though I didn't know what that title meant.…Sounds kind of insulting or something,…I don't know.…Despite the kind of ridiculous name,…Best Boy's actually a pretty high ranking spot…on a film crew.…And when we say Best Boy, we're actually referring…to two different positions.…There's the best boy electric and the best boy grip.…These best boy positions serve as the second in command…in the electric and grip departments, respectively.…The best boy electric acts as the gaffer's chief assistant,…while the best boy grip is the key grip's chief assistant.…
On big film sets best boys have…a lot of duties and responsibilities.…Since we only had one grip, we didn't have a best boy grip.…But, we did have a best boy electric…and a pretty amazing one at that.…Daniel Mimura served as our best boy electric.…He's an experienced DP, steady cam operator, and gaffer,…and he actually filled in as gaffer…on a few days of The Assurance…
Find the rest of the courses in the series—on everything from script writing to directing—on Chad's author page.
- Understanding the role of different crew members
- Sending out call sheets
- Using a slate
- Keeping continuity with a script supervisor and production photographer
- Keeping the crew fed, happy, and safe
- Rescheduling shoots
- Dealing with wardrobe for a large cast
- Using special effects makeup
Skill Level Intermediate
Creating a Short Film: 05 Directingwith Chad Perkins2h 27m Intermediate
Creating a Short Film: 03 Pre-Productionwith Chad Perkins2h 13m Intermediate
Video Foundations: Cameras and Shootingwith Anthony Q. Artis2h 58m Intermediate
"The Assurance"7m 43s
1. Common Crew Members
2. Film Production Basics
4. Keeping the Crew Happy
5. Our Big Resets
6. Working with Props
7. Preparing to Shoot
8. Special Effects Makeup
Final thoughts1m 33s
- Mark as unwatched
- Mark all as unwatched
Are you sure you want to mark all the videos in this course as unwatched?
This will not affect your course history, your reports, or your certificates of completion for this course.Cancel
Take notes with your new membership!
Type in the entry box, then click Enter to save your note.
1:30Press on any video thumbnail to jump immediately to the timecode shown.
Notes are saved with you account but can also be exported as plain text, MS Word, PDF, Google Doc, or Evernote.