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Nuts and Bolts Filmmaking by Dan Rahmel

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Gaffer Techniques

Applications

Since the gaffer is responsible for all lighting on the set, there are a number of techniques that can be used to best manage lights and electricity. The gaffer also has to be a sort of light magician and often needs to simulate light events. The gaffer is responsible for accomplishing both practical and artistic goals relating to electricity and lighting.

General Instructions

Many guerilla filmmakers have little experience with electricity outside of plugging a cord into a socket. If you’ve been given the position of electrician or gaffer on a small film, you’d best know some electrical calculations and lighting ...

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