from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The chief assistant to the gaffer on a movie or television set.

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  • n. The first assistant to either the key grip (in charge of camera placement and movement) or the gaffer (in charge of lighting and electrics).


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  • A lighting technician - usually the second in command of the lighting unit. The Best Boy assists the Gaffer.

    August 6, 2008