The gaffer on a film crew is the chief electrician on a film set and is responsible for the lighting department on a movie. Gaffers work under the direction of the director of photography. On a movie set, the gaffer will usually set up the lights that the cinematographer requests, and will direct the grips to move and adjust the properties of the light as needed.
- The gaffer is the person in charge…of the lighting department on a film set.…Technically, the gaffer is the head electrician…and works under the direction of the DP…to set up and manage the lights.…The gaffer for The Assurance was Chris Taylor.…This guy saved my life so many times.…Because I was both director and DP,…I would often need to speak with actors…or other people, all the time.…And Chris is a very successful DP himself,…so when it was time to set up for a shot,…if I was tied up doing something else,…he would just start getting things ready…in case I needed them.…These shots are so much better because of him.…
Chris and his very talented team of helpers…were one of the best things to happen to our production.…They were so fast and on top of everything.…The gaffer will often have a truck…filled with lights and supplies…for setting up or adjusting the properties of light,…or will be responsible for renting one.…Chris owns a large truck…and most of the lights and gear we needed for this film,…and that really helped us out.…
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
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