chapter  10
Grip and Electric
ByLorene M. Wales
Pages 9

This chapter discusses the grip and electric teams along with descriptions of the many pieces of equipment required to run the grip and electric departments. The gaffer is the head of the electric department and thus is in charge of the lighting budget and crew. His/Her main responsibility is to light the set as per the vision of the director of photography (DP), using the lighting crew. The best boy electric is the person who works directly under and assists the gaffer. He is also in charge of the lighting truck and is responsible for the lighting inventory. Electricians, also called electrics or lamp operators, are the people who place the lights. They also lay a cable called banded. The rigging crew is a lighting crew that works one set ahead of the main unit, prelighting a set. They also strike the lighting the day after the main unit shoots.