The chief lighting technician or head of the electrical department, responsible for the design and execution of the lighting plan for a production. [Interesting note on the origin of the term: since early films used mostly natural light, which is hard to control, stagehands had to wield large heavy cloths, using gaffs (long poles) to do so.
AKA: Chief Lighting Technician The head of the electrical department, responsible for the design and execution of the lighting plan for a production. Early films used mostly natural light, which stagehands controlled with large tent cloths using long poles called gaffs (stagehands were often beached sailors or longshoremen, and a gaff is a type of boom on a sailing ship). In 16th Century English, the term "gaffer" denoted a man who was the head of any organized group of laborers.
This is an old term for grandfather. In the glass business, it is used to describe the person with the most experience working glass. It is this person who performs the most critical steps of the working and coordinates the rest of the team.
A gaffer in the motion picture industry is the head of the electrical department, responsible for the execution (and sometimes the design) of the lighting plan for a production. In British English the term gaffer is long established as meaning an old man, or the foreman of a squad of workmen. The term was also used to describe men who adjusted lighting in English theatre and men who tended street lamps, after the "gaff" they used, a pole with a hook on its end.
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