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Film Lighting Careers

The Film Lighting department is filled with experts on how to create realistic light, build atmosphere, and operate the lighting gear that makes the magic happen with ease. Can you see yourself as a Gaffer, Best Boy, or Grip?
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Key Grip

Key Grip

The work of a Key Grip combines technical know-how with an artist's eye. Here's how to get the education, skills, and experience you'll need to land the gig. Learn More Avg. Salary: $150 to $500 per day Salary Range: $60,000 to $100,000 Alt Titles: Head of Grip Department
Gaffer

Gaffer

Gaffers have a gift for knowing the best way to shape light to create visually striking on-screen images. Here's how to get a foot in the door and work towards your dream career as a Gaffer. Learn More Avg. Salary: $64,852 Salary Range: $65K Alt Titles: On Set Gaffer
Film electrician

Film Electrician

The Film Electrician lays cable and sets up lights for the Gaffer on a film set. There are two types: a Rigging Electric and an On-Set Electric. Learn More Avg. Salary: $51,013 Salary Range: $35K-$73K Alt Titles: Lamp Operator, Electric
Best Boy Grip

Best Boy

The Best Boy assists the Key Grip in running the Grip Department by managing the crew, placing gear orders and keeping track of equipment. Learn More Avg. Salary: Salary Range: $50,000 to $75,000 Alt Titles: Best Boy Grip
grip

Grip

Grips are part of the Grip Department. The Key Grip hires and oversees the Best Boys, Dolly Grips, Hammers and Rigging crew for a production. They make sure sets and rigs are safely built and... Learn More Avg. Salary: $120,000 to $450,000+ Salary Range: $120,000 - $450,000+ Alt Titles: First Company Grip