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Last updated: Jul 1, 2023
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Career Overview

The Gaffer, also called the Chief Lighting Technician or Chief Electrician, is the most senior position within the electrical department and leads it on a film set. They are typically hired during pre-production to support and collaborate with the movie’s Cinematographer during principal photography. Together, they work to achieve the desired cinematic aesthetic.

Alternate Titles

Chief Lighting Technician, CLT, On Set Gaffer

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$19K to $129K1

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