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Studio Camera Operator

The production process for many television programs is quite different from film, and the same is true for the work of a camera operator. A cameraperson employed on programs like Dateline or The Daily Show has a unique skill set and is specifically trained in the method of recording studio television broadcasts.

Upright Stagehand’s Glossary

apron – the section of the stage in front of the proscenium arch.

array – a set of flown speakers.

ASMAssistant Stage Manager.

AX – an abbreviation for “Audio.” 

Paint Foreman

The paint foreman may be hired by the paint coordinator and begins work during pre-production on a film or television program. This person is second in command of the paint department and must be capable of assuming the role of the crew head in the event that the paint coordinator is unavailable.

Generator Operator

Most commonly referred to as the genny operator, this technician works under the direction of the gaffer (chief lighting technician) on films and television productions. His or her primary concern is the safe and proper operation of all electricity generators that supply power to on-set equipment and location trucks and trailers.

Rigging Gaffer

For both stage and screen, the same is usually true: lighting takes the longest to set up. On any film or television set, you can expect the lighting crew to require the most installation time—with the exception of complex special effects rigs or especially ornery actors.

Costumer

A costumer is an assistant to the costume designer who works in theatrical production, as well as film and television. This person begins work during pre-production, participates in the processes of research and sourcing materials, then works on through to the delivery of the wardrobe to the stage or location set.

Key Scenic Artist

In film and television production, it is often cumbersome and costly to use authentic materials in set construction. Instead, wood paneling, marble countertops, or titanium alloy bulkheads are replicated and approximated with cheaper stand-ins. With help from the carpenters, scenic artists complete this illusion with the application of faux finishes and expert painting techniques. As highly specialized artists, these members of the paint department focus on disguising one material for another and tricking the camera’s lens.  

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.

Camera Operator

The camera operator works under the supervision of the director of photography (cinematographer) and is tasked with ensuring that the camera gets each shot just as the DP and director have instructed. Depending on the size and budget of a production, there may be several camera operators working in tandem.