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Focus is a Sydney based film lighting company providing lighting services to the broad spectrum of the entertainment and media industry.
In today’s fast moving digital world
Focus is able to create lighting packages to suit all shoots and budgets no matter how extensive or compact.
With a wide range of lighting tools we can supply your shoot with experienced gaffers, technicians and equipment to meet all your needs.
Please contact us for a quotation or consultation on your next project.

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Focus Film Lighting
0424 964 858

gaffer in the motion picture industry and on a television crew is an electrician, sometimes head of the electrical department, responsible for the execution (and sometimes the design) of the lighting plan for a productions grips. Gaffer, outside of the motion picture industry, is a traditional British English word for an older man or boss. It is essentially a variant on grandfather, used as a term of respect for a village elder, and applied to those in charge of workers since the 19th century. Gaffer within the motion picture industry originally related to the moving of overhead equipment to control lighting levels using a gaff. The term has been used for the chief electrician in films since 1936.[1] The gaffer's assistant is the best boy.[2]
Sometimes the gaffer is credited as
Chief Lighting Technician (CLT).
Experienced gaffers can coordinate the entire job of lighting, given knowledge of the time of day and conditions to be portrayed, managing resources as broad as
electrical generators, lights, cable, and manpower. Gaffers are responsible for knowing the appropriate color of gel (plastic sheeting) to put on the lights or windows to achieve a variety of effects, such as transforming midday into a beautiful sunset. They can re-create the flicker of lights in a subway car, the motion of light inside a turning airplane, or the passage of night into day.
Usually, the gaffer works for and reports to the
Director of Photography (the DP or DOP) or, in television, the Lighting Director (LD). The DP/LD is responsible for the overall lighting design, but he or she may give a little or a lot of latitude to the gaffer on these matters, depending on their working relationship. The gaffer works with the key grip, who is in charge of some of the equipment related to the lighting. The gaffer will usually have an assistant called a best boy and, depending on the size of the job, crew members who are called "electricians", although not all of them are trained as electricians in the usual sense of the term. Colloquially they are known as 'sparks' or 'juicers'.
The gaffer, or chief electrician, works with assistants who are known as grips. Much of the "hands on" work credited to the gaffer is actually performed by the grips, who manage cables, position lighting fixtures.
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