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15:54 Feb 5, 2010
English to Chinese translations [PRO]
Art/Literary - Cinema, Film, TV, Drama
Additional field(s): Media / Multimedia
English term or phrase: gaffer
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The gaffer is an electrician who manages the lighting in a film production. This position is both technical and creative — responsibilities can include everything from setting up portable generators to creating certain mood effects with lights. In television this position is often referred to as the chief lighting technician.

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  • Also, there may be a research aspect involved in each project, depending on the subject matter and historical significance, etc. Gaffers need to understand lighting in relation to the historical context and desired ambience of each production. When working on smaller productions gaffers may have a bigger say in the artistic qualities of the lighting and attend production meetings to discuss lighting needs and special effects with directors. The EI Group
  • Ideally, the gaffer is able to execute his lighting plan while standing with the director of photography and looking at the shot from the camera, while the best boy and electricians adjust the lights.
  • Though the Director of Photography very much has a picture in his mind of the way he would like the scene to look, he draws upon the Gaffers in-depth knowledge of lighting stock to produce the required effect. The gaffer will also understand the logistical implications of how best to do this. Hubpages Inc.
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5 +1灯光师
Yi-Hua Shih


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Definition from own experience or research:
我們台灣劇場界就叫這個為<燈光>。但我們分為燈光設計(title 為 lighting desigh)、燈光技術(lighting techician)、燈光執行(lighting crew)等。

劇場界從來沒用過 gaffer 這個字,今天第一次學到。

抱歉,我不是來提供 answer 的,我是來分享類似概念在<台灣劇場界>的實際使用狀況的。與電影及電視製作無關。


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Yi-Hua Shih
Local time: 09:45
Native speaker of: Native in ChineseChinese
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Definition from nciku:

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  • 电视图像的创作者之一,又有“照明师”之称,是利用各种专业灯具,根据不同图像的艺术风格的需要,创作出各种“光影效果”. - 百度 Baidu  
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Native speaker of: English

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