(Ch. 3) Gaffers, Best Boys, & Key Grips

  • Producer – the chief of a movie production in all logistical matters (i.e., scheduling, hitchcockbudgeting) raises funding and financing, acquires or develops a story, finalizes the script, hires key personnel, and arranges for distributors of the film to theaters; serves as the liaison between the investors and the film-makers, works with agents of key actors, while managing the production from start to finish.


  •  Director – the creative artist responsible for complete artistic control of the film – making day-to-day determinations about sound, lighting, action, casting, even editing), for translating/interpreting a script into a film, for guiding the performances of the actors in a particular role and/or scene, and for supervising the cinematography and film crew. The director is usually the single person most responsible for the finished product.michael_mann


  • Assistant Director (AD)– This is the department also known as “the machine “– because they are the first to arrive and the last to leave – this department is the center of the operational standpoint of the film. This department keeps every other department in line and on target.


  • Cinematographer or Director of Photography (DP) Responsible for the overall looktumblr_n0e60riei31rovfcgo1_r1_1280 of the film. Works directly with the director in bringing his vision to the screen. In charge of the camera crew and brings artistic touch on camera angles, film stock, lenses used, framing, and arrangement of lighting. (Many times a DP will work with the same director on numerous projects).


  • Gaffer is credited as Chief Lighting Technician. The gaffer works for/and reports to the director of photography. The DP is responsible for the overall lighting design, but he or she may give a little or a lot of latitude to the gaffer on these matters, depending on their working relationship.gaffer


  • Key Grip – The chief of a group of grips (people who work with constructing equipment for use with the camera), often doubling for a construction coordinator and a backup for the camera crew. (dolly tracks, scaffolds) Key grips work closely with the gaffer.


  • Editor The editor pours through hours of footage with the assistance of a shot journal and the director to put the final pieces of the puzzle together. They assemble raw footage into a coherent film. Film editors often are responsible for pulling together all of the elements of story, dialogue, music, sound effects, visual effects, rhythm and pace of a film.moneyball-5-blog480


  • Script Supervisor – handles to shooting blueprint. He/she works with the shooting script (a detailed version of the screenplay with the scenes arranged in proper sequence, and used by the cast) day to day to keep track of all aspects of what has and hasn’t been shot. This person is also responsible on many shoots as the continuity supervisor.
  • Casting Director Essentially the goal of the casting director is to employ people who will fit with the director’s, and possibly the producer’s, artistic ambitions. Usually, actors go through several casting calls.
  • The Best Boy  the assistant to the chief electrician of a movie crew.


  • Recording engineer – Maintains video/film sound recording equipment. When technical difficulties occur, it is the recording engineer who must come to the rescue and fix the problem. This can be quite stressful, especially when working with quick-tempered celebrities who do not take well to problems on the set and delays.


·      Unit Production Manager– A UPM is usually hired by a producer of a film and is responsible for managing all the costs of the project with the intention of delivering the film on budget after the end of principle photography (also known as the Line Producer).



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