Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Day 106 - Random Gaffer Tuesday: Francis 'Buddy' McBride

Day 106.

No, you read that correctly--today is not Random Actor Tuesday, it is Random GAFFER Tuesday. Far too long has this blog celebrated mediocre actors with bit parts while the truly talented gaffers walk away with no recognition of any kind. Well, that ends today. Allow me to introduce the rigging gaffer of Julie & Julia, Francis 'Buddy' McBride.

Erm... well... I have no idea what he looks like. You know, 'cuz he's not an actor. He's a gaffer.

His brother, Danny, on the other hand...

I apologize for the lack of a picture, but in a way, Francis' lack of internet presence just further illustrates my point--gaffers often fly under the radar and don't get a smidgen of credit for their work. For those ignorant souls out there who don't know what gaffers do, they're basically in charge of the lighting design for movies. And trust me, it's much harder than it sounds. You have to decide what kind of lights to use (there are an assload of kinds) and where to throw them so they look naturally motivated by what's in the scene. Plus, they get fucking hot, so you inevitably burn yourself a bunch. And then I won't even get into the whole shooting outside/dealing with daylight dilemma--gaffing is a tough fucking business.

Francis 'Buddy' McBride is clearly a seasoned gaffing vet, having previously lit movies such as American Psycho, Hitch and Vanilla Sky. So in other words, this guy lights the fucking stars. Just check out his impressive portfolio of work on Julie & Julia.

Just look at how well-lit Meryl is here!
Some nice post-coital lighting work by our 'Buddy'
And equally nice pre-coital light--very well-motivated.
I think I just creamed myself at how good this light looks.

So yeah, I'm a big fan of his work. And I'm also a big fan of how he goes by Francis 'Buddy' McBride. Anyone who uses the nickname "Buddy" in his professional film credits is alright in my book. So congratulations, Francis! You get to be the first (and only) Random Gaffer Tuesday! And you can stick that in your pipe and light it! Ahahahaha! /Bad lighting joke.


Julie & Julia Quote of the Day: "'Just for once, could you not look on the bright side?"


  1. actually, a cinematographer designs the lighting (or says how the look should be) and the gaffer, who is the technical side of things, makes it happen. he's also in charge of all the electrics (guys who deal with the cables, power, and lights)
    loving the blog!

  2. Thanks for using my idea! (But we all knew that once you ran out of actors, you'd have to move onto someone else.... Might as well start with the gaffers. Can't wait to see your profile on the Best Boy!)

  3. lol, I work in film. so feel free to ask me for definitions of any crew members

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