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Best Boy Grip

The assistant to the key grip is the best boy, responsible for supervising the department technicians. This moniker applies to both male and female technicians, and is derived from the pre-union days of film when the elevated rank was granted conditionally to the best and brightest on the team.

Key Grip

Best guess is the term “grip” comes from the old English theater, and referred to a tool bag or “bag of tricks.” When someone called for the grip, a technician would fetch the bag. Over time, “get the grip” was a call for the person with the grip, and eventually the term stuck to that technician. In American theater the term is long forgotten, but it has translated into film and television production.

Gaffer

Lighting is one of the most important components to setting up the perfect shot. Proper lighting completes the scene by adding a dark and gloomy hue to an ominous rainy night, or sundrenched haze on a deserted island. Directors cannot rely on natural lighting to accomplish their vision; instead they create their own effects with the help of the gaffer.