Film production involves three phases starting with getting the right script and identifying visuals that match it, setting up the location for production and lastly undertaking the actual production of the film. All these require people with various expertises implying that filmmaking necessitates a combined effort from experienced and skills persons. Gaffers are technical people responsible for lighting during the making of a film. Alternately referred to as lighting technicians, they must have in-depth knowledge on the various ranges of lights, subsequent equipment and techniques to be used when filming. However, their knowledge of the vision of the producers, set and requirements of the director and scriptwriters is essential as well. The gaffer must ensure that his team is not in the way when a film is being produced and all persons under him should be kept aware of changes being made to the way the lighting works (Academy of Art University). This ensures that they fit into the working of the entire production crew efficiently. The technicality of this profession arises from the fact that one must be a qualified electrician, who can guarantee that the electric current requirements are met and that there are no overloads. Since the production of a set will be spread out meaning the area will be large, gaffers should have just as expertly trained person under him or her to lend a helping hand. This will ensure all lighting needs are met and well-coordinated (Film Connection Film Institute).
This profession deserves acknowledgement because of the efforts put in during filmmaking. When various scenes within a movie are being shot, the crew responsible for lighting has to be available constantly. This usually translates to long working hours spread over a few months, until the production of the film is completed. For this reason, gaffers are not expected to merely have knowledge on logistics and mechanics; they should also be team leaders who are able to ensure all persons within their crew are getting along well and fatigue experienced due to long working hours does not interfere with performance of their duties. Anyone seeking to pursue this profession should therefore endeavor to work in different film sets so as to understand the various needs of different productions (Mamer 56). Working closely with gaffers, key grips are also crucial in the making of a film, and their responsibility primarily lies in equipment and construction features of a film (Jarvis). They overlap with gaffers because they can be found on lighting tracks trying to move across a set; besides that, they can be seen building scaffolding. He or she will oversee other grips depending on the logistics within a set such as the movement of camera equipment, and thus they must have physical strength. The technicality of this position arises from th