One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The assistant to the chief electrician of a film crew.
- ‘I was forced to sit there, turtle's head straining against my pants as the names of the best boy, gaffer and second unit catering assistance rolled oh-so-slowly up the screen.’
- ‘They brought the best out of everyone on their staff, from the actors to the cinematographers to even the best boy (who makes a small cameo in one of the bar scenes).’
- ‘And he didn't say ‘It was in 1927 that the great man introduced me to a remarkable man called [insert name of actor, director, cameraman, lighting engineer, best boy, gaffer, boy who holds the gaffer tape]’.’
- ‘And I've served as his grip and best boy on three trips to New Hampshire for generally cold, snowy, and memorably enlightening liaisons between editorial writers and presidential candidates.’
- ‘The boom guy doesn't criticize the best boy; the assistant director doesn't call in sick.’
- ‘And now he's got a movie camera, casting director, best boy, and a cast of people more than willing to help him.’
- ‘While hardly as obscure a job title as key grip or best boy, it's safe to say that most people wouldn't know exactly what being a director of photography involves.’
- ‘Saw technician fiddling with electronic gear/asked if grip or electrician's best boy.’
- ‘And not just extras, gaffers and best boys either; she's apparently done this to several of her costars.’
- ‘It took five minutes for the names of all the actors, producers, editors, gaffers, grips, best boys, dialect coaches, wig makers and steelworkers to crawl by.’
- ‘Some DV films are made with no soundman, no lighting expert and none of the other odd-jobbers (key grip, best boy, assistant gaffer) who show up in the closing credits of big productions.’
- ‘In order to eat, they had to hang out with gaffers and best boys!’
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