The cinematography in a film is usually something people notice and appreciate, but the lighting is often forgotten about despite its importance. If you mention the role of a ‘gaffer’ to a non-filmmaker their response might be something along the lines of “are they, like, in charge of the sticky tape?”
However, without the gaffer, a film will never have the look or feel the director intends because lighting is another one of the many important ways to tell a story.
If you’re a new independent filmmaker or film student then chances are lighting isn’t a top priority on the list of countless things needed to accomplish your film, but nonetheless, it’s something you need to be aware of.
The following video ‘What Happens When A Movie Has No Gaffer?’ is an example of just how much of a difference lighting can make when done right.
If you’ve never been interested in lighting it’s still a skill worth having and I guarantee this creative look on lighting and visuals will perhaps ignite a passion you didn’t know you had.