Lighting careers | Lighting careers in the Film Industry

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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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Gaffer aiming light on set

Gaffer

The Gaffer is the head of the Lighting and Power Department on a film set. They work in pre-production and production to help achieve the desired cinematic image through setting up lights and running... Learn More Avg. Salary: $54,738 Salary Range: $19K to $129K Alt Titles: On Set Gaffer
Grip working with lights on film production

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: $59,000 Salary Range: $41K-$131K Alt Titles: First Company Grip
Key Grip working on lights on film set

Key Grip

The Key Grip supervises the Grip Department on a film set, providing all support for lights and camera on set. They shape light for a cinematic quality. Learn More Avg. Salary: $59,000 Salary Range: $41K-$131K Alt Titles: Head of Grip Department
Film electrician adjusting light on set

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 adjusting lighting on set

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: $83,850 Salary Range: $79K to $93K Alt Titles: Best Boy Grip
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