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Also sometimes called the lighting designer, the gaffer is the chief electrician who supervises set lighting in accordance with the requirements of the DP. Gaffer helps to select the best lights and equipment for the production, making sure they are within budget. He is in charge of the technical work of carrying out recces, and planning and preparing the lighting installations and equipment.

Specific duties will include:

  • Lighting of sets and locations
  • Maintenance and management of lights and lighting equipment
  • Specialized electrical work such as generator operation
The gaffer is the head of the lighting department, responsible for the design of the lighting plan for a production.
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