Catch up Part 1 – Gaffer

(Originally posted 21/12/09)

The second shoot was indoors which was great, as it was wet and very cold outside. For this film I was Gaffer (chief lighter). My day consisted of waiting around a lot, for your work is done before they start shooting. I along with the DOP and Spark set up the scene working out which areas would need lighting and how we could do it in a natural looking way. After the initial set up was complete my job was then to be on standby in case we needed to change the set around. I also had to be alert for health and safety issues as the lights get extremely hot and there are wires running across the floor in all directions. It was a good day for experimenting with lighting as it is an extremely technical and complex skill. I believe I came away with more of a grasp on the basics.

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