A Cinematographer Job Description – Best Boys & Best Practices

– Posted in: Cinematography & Lighting


At first glance, it may appear as if this video is about the craft of cinematography. But it’s really about how quality film department technicians work together to deliver beautiful images.

If you look at this video from the perspective of a producer and you’ll get invaluable insight into the relationships between cinematographers, gaffers and even the Best Boy!

What is a gaffers responsibilities?

Why do they call them best boys?

What is a cinematographer job description?

This video features a panel of Cinematographers and Gaffers including renowned cinematographer, Vilmos Zsigmond.

This is a good video for upcoming cinematographers and Gaffers, but it’s especially good for film producers, and film directors who want to recruit a crew that runs like a well oiled machine!

Here are some of the highlights:

:07 – Role of DP, Gaffer, & Best Boy
1:19 – DP/Gaffer Relationship
3:41 – What does the Best Boy do?
4:18 – Morale of the Crew
4:49 – Changing Gaffers
6:19 – Who has the final word?