You've watched the movie. The credits are rolling. And you're still not ready to move (possibly you're in a popcorn coma - we're not here to judge). Suddenly your eye wanders back to the screen, where you see a scrolling list of folks who helped to make what you have just witnessed possible. The problem is, you may have no notion of how to decipher what it is that you're seeing. We can help!


Below is a quick reference to help you understand who those important folks are. We've also included definitions for a few key terms you will find on our site as well!


Armorer: Responsible for firearms and weapons


Best Boy Electric: Assistant to the Gaffer


Best Boy Grip: Assistant to the Key Grip


Boom Operator: Responsible for positioning and manipulating the boom


Director:  Responsible for overseeing all of the creative aspects of a film: controlling the flow of the film's plot, directing actors, selecting filming locations, and overseeing technical details


Dolly Grip: Responsible for the operation of camera dollys


Executive Producer: Responsible for oversight of business and legal issues for a film


Foley: Sound effects


Foley Artist: Person responsible for implementing sound effects


Gaffer: A lighting technician, and principle electrician, who oversees the entire electrical operation


Greensman: Responsible for the placement of plants in a scene


Grip: A person typically responsible for lighting placement and implementation. They are also sometimes called upon to move large objects and cameras


Key Grip: Responsible for the operations on the set, and assists the Gaffer


Key Scenic: Responsible for the painting, feel, and tone of the set backgroud


Lead Man: Responsible for the oversight of the set crew


Post-Production Supervisor: Responsible for keeping channels of communication open between the production group, and the post-production group. Essentially a keeper of the peace for both ends of the production process


Producer: Responsible for making the movie happen: raising funds, hiring key personnel, general oversight of all processes, and arranging film distribution.


Production Coordinator: Responsible for being the communications hub, organizational, and logistical overseer on a production


Production Designer: Responsible for the oversight of the visual aspects of a film: sets, costumes, makeup, etc.


Production Manager: Responsible for the physical components of the production process including personnel, budget, scheduling, technology, etc. Also responsible for keeping the film on budget and schedule


Property Master: Responsible for gathering and returning to inventory all props required for shooting a scene


Script Supervisor: Responsible for continuity in a film, with regard to script and scene integrity


Set Dresser: Responsible for 'staging' the set with furnishings and accessories


Swing Gang: The staff of the Set Dresser


Unit Manager: Responsible as a Production  Manager would be, but for a secondary, tertiary, or quatranary unit of employees


Terms (Found On Our Site)

Barn Door: The adjustable flaps on the outside rim of a set light


Boom: A long extension for a microphone, used to keep it out of sight of the camera, but close enough to the scene to achieve good sound quality


Dead Cat: A furry muffler for a microphone


Guerrilla Marketing: An unconventional way of performing marketing activities with little or no budget


HTML: Acronym For (H)yper-(T)ext (M)ark-up (L)anguage <H1>*(What Web Pages Are Written With)</H1>


RAID: Acronym For (R)edundant (A)rray of (I)nexpensive (D)rives


Shotgun Microphone: A directional microphone with a narrow range of sensitivity


Slate: The ubiquitous 'information board' with a clapper arm on top used to document scene, time, etc. prior to action in a shot


Tb: Terabyte - A measure of digital storage capacity that is 2 to the 40th power, a thousand gigabytes, or approximately a thousand billion bytes