Definition for propsman

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Dear PFers,

I have trouble finding a definition for propsman. Is it a short name for Property master ?
Thank you in advance for your help :smile:
 

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Dear PFers,

I have trouble finding a definition for propsman. Is it a short name for Property master ?
Thank you in advance for your help :smile:
Can you use it in context within a sentence? I've heard it as a term for the person that handles props for theater/movies.
 
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It was actually in a technical note. As a propsman, what he did was "packing the props and costumes, clean up". I know it is a little vague :redface: But thank you very much still.
 
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The propsman is responsible for the props used in a movie. Props is short for theatrical property. (so, you're pretty close)

The props are anything used on a set to give the movie some realism (e.g. a gun for the character to shoot instead of having to point his finger and say 'Bang!' - except the sound editor is responsible for the 'Bang', not the propsman).
 
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What does the gaffer do? And the best boy??
That's the two occupations I've wondered about..
 
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I believe the gaffer is the head electrical worker. That or lightman, not sure.
 
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And the best boy? There is always a best boy in movies?
According to this Wikipedia article, there are TWO best boys, one assistant to both the gaffer and to the key grip:
[PLAIN]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Best_boy[/URL] [Broken]








Hmm..key grip? KEY GRIP??
 
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Where's marlon when we need him. He knows this stuff backwards, forwards, over, under, sideways, down . . . or at least he should. :biggrin:

I think the Wiki ref in the OP is correct.
 
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What does the gaffer do? And the best boy??
That's the two occupations I've wondered about..
A gaff is an iron hook with a handle; usually used for landing large fish, but sometimes used on the crew. A gaff is also the term for the spar rising aft from a mast to support the head of a quadrilateral fore-and-aft sail (the gaff sail).

It's obvious that the gaffer is the guy dressed like a pirate that gaffs out of line movie crewmembers, plus has the additional duty of procuring lunch for the movie crew.

I think the best boy has to carry any fish the gaffer lands.

Hmm, unless gaffer comes from gaffe. Spearing the starring actress with an iron hook would probably qualify as a serious gaffe.
 
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Take a key grip on yourself, BobG
 
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