A Gaffer is the lighting technician who leads the electrical department. Their duty is to run a team that executes a lighting plan, adjusts the lighting as necessary to give the cinematographer the desired lighting effect required.

The second in command is known as the best boy, lamp operators and other members of lighting all work with the gaffer to help create the overlook.

The gaffer’s job description includes: coming up with a plan to execute that vision, including what lights and lighting equipment will be best for the job, all within the production’s budget.