What’s a “best boy grip”?
There’s too little time to think. The guy has some Eastern European last name. A fat guy stands up and blocks the screen, you’re girlfriend wants to leave, and you forget to look it up later.
Well, it happened the other night and I actually remembered to look it up.
The word has two root words combined to make a title: “best boy” and grip”.
“Best boy” is an old title a master would bestow upon their most skilled apprentice. “Grips” are technicians.
So, aside from an errand boy who flies across set with an arm thrown out dressed up in a Super Hero’s outfit like a twelve year on a caffeine binge, “best boy grips” are nothing more than the assistant to the head lighting and rigging technicians, either a “gaffer” or a “key grip”.
So in other words, they’re not as cool as we had hoped.