Lighting Department

The following jobs are within the Lighting Department.

  • Gaffer
  • Best Boy
  • Electrician
  • Electricians – Casual
  • Generator Operator
  • Rigging Gaffer
  • Pre-light/Rigging Crew

In Australian A-Z Budget – Feature Films these roles are in section C.6 Lighting Crew.

The head of the Lighting Department is called the Gaffer who reports to the Director of Photography. The number 2 in the department is called the Best Boy regardless of gender.

Lighting Department is Below-The-Line. The-Line is said to differentiate the team responsible for the creative control of a motion picture from the technicians and crafts-people who make the film. More accurately Above-The-Line people are attached during the Development phase of a production while Below-The-Line people are hired once the financing is in place and Preproduction phase begins. Costume, Art and Makeup departments are creative, but they still fall Below-The-Line.

Lighting Department is considered Labour by unions such as MEAA so their minimum rates of pay are defined in the standard industrial agreements for each production sector.

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