The Gaffer holds a pivotal role as the head of the lighting department on a film set. They collaborate closely with the Director of Photography (DOP) to implement the lighting plan, design unique lighting solutions, and ensure efficient execution during production. The Gaffer is responsible for organizing the lighting crew, instructing them on light placement and focus, and possesses a keen eye for creating desired lighting effects.

Professional Competencies

  • Previous practical experience and proficiency in the use of lighting and electrical equipment
  • Advanced electrical and mechanical skills – operate, lift and adjust equipment.
  • Electrical Safety Certificate.
  • Knowledge of the film-making process and awareness of the industry specifics – advanced knowledge of film making’s pre-production, production, and post-production stages.
  • Knowledge of film departments’ work specifics – deep understanding of work of the lighting (electrical) department, grip department and camera department.
  • Safety on Set – ensures safe operation of equipment of the lighting (electrical) department.
  • Working with call sheets and other production documentation.
  • Ability to read film scripts, participate in location scouting, understand and help to fulfil the lighting plan.
  • Budgeting and planning – familiarity with production times, equipment costs, and grip department crew rates.
  • Legislation and contracting – expertise in related legislation, ability to work with contracts and documents.
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