Do you know what a best boy does on a film or TV set? We’ll tell you!
There are probably lots of terms and job titles on film sets that are unfamiliar or odd to the general public. “Best boy” is a term so vague that it’s usually one of them. Best what now? Rest assured, there aren’t decidedly very exceptional children running around with film crews.
Best boys are adults with some of the most important duties on the set. They help everything run smoothly and safely. Let’s find out how!
What is a “best boy”?
To put it simply, a best boy is the right-hand person to the gaffer or key grip.
The gaffer is the project’s head electrician and the chief lighting technician. They light everything on the project.
The key grip is the head of the grip crew, which is part of the camera grip crew. They deal with a lot of the physical tasks on a set and serve as camera support. Need a dolly? The grips will set up the track.
Both the gaffer and key grip work closely with a project’s director of photography to achieve the vision everyone wants on a project.
Source: No Film School