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Gaffer tape

Gaffer tape, sometimes shortened to gaff tape (especially by theater and photographic professionals), or made possessive, as "gaffer's tape", is a strong, pressure-sensitive, cotton cloth adhesive tape. It is an essential, all-purpose tool on theater, film and television productions as well as live performances and any other kind of stage work.[1] Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Two rolls of adhesive tape. ...

The most common use for gaffer tape is securing cables to the stage floor or other surface, either for safety or to keep them out of view of the audience or camera. Camera assistants use short strips of different colors to lay blocking markers for actors. Similarly, a narrow version of gaffer tape, called spike tape, is used in theatre productions for floor layout. It is also used whenever a quick ad-hoc fix is required, from temporarily attaching fixtures or props, to salvaging a broken piece of production equipment. In the absence of console tape or artist tape, live sound engineers may use a strip of white gaffer tape along the bottom of a mixing board, to label the channels used for a particular show. A clapper loader is part of a film crew, whose name refers to the tasks of operating the clapperboard (slate) at the beginning of each take and loading the raw film stock into camera magazines. ... Insert non-formatted text hereBlocking is a theatre term which refers to the precise movement and positioning == of == a little fish. ... In stagecraft, a spike is a marking (Usually a piece of tape) put on the stage to show placement for set pieces, furniture, actors and the like. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Live sound mixing is the art of combining and processing a number of audio signals together to create a mix that the audience or performers at a live show hear. ...

The tape is manufactured in many colors, including fluorescent and custom colors, but the most common variety is matte black. This matte finish keeps the tape from reflecting light so the tape blends in with the typical stage floor of a theatre.[2] It is easily torn by hand so no cutting tools are necessary. The adhesive used is a high quality synthetic rubber which leaves little or no residue when removed, in contrast to duct tape.[3] It usually comes in 2"-wide rolls, and the cloth composition allows a consistent tear, which means it easily tears into two 1" strips, if needed. This page is a candidate to be moved to Wiktionary. ... This article is about the color. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Serge Sudeikins poster for the Bat Theatre (1922). ... A roll of silver duct tape. ...

It is most likely named for the gaffer, the head of the lighting department on a film crew. When cables are taped down on a stage or other surface, either for safety or to keep them out of view of the audience or camera,[4] they are said to be gaffed or gaffered. A gaffer in the motion picture industry is the head of the electrical department, responsible for the execution (and sometimes the design) of the lighting plan for a production. ... Film crew and equipment on a location shoot. ...


  1. ^ Cool Tool: Gaffer's Tape, <http://www.kk.org/cooltools/archives/000163.php>. Retrieved on 2007-10-29
  2. ^ gaffers tape from permacel and pro gaffer, <http://www.thetapeworks.com/gaffer.htm>. Retrieved on 2007-10-29
  3. ^ Gaffers Tape - Goodbuyguys.com, <http://www.goodbuyguys.com/catalog/index.php/cPath/22_86>. Retrieved on 2007-10-29
  4. ^ Church of the Holy Gaffer Tape - Top Tips for Gaffer Tape, <http://www.exposure.co.uk/eejit/gaffer/index.html>. Retrieved on 2007-10-29

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Gaffer tape - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (388 words)
Gaffer tape (also, gaffer's tape, gaff tape, gaffing tape, cloth tape, and more colloquially Jesus Tape or Rocket Tape) is a tough, fabric backed adhesive tape used in the motion picture, television, stage (music and theater) and other entertainment industries, and elsewhere.
Although the tape is difficult to break by pulling, it is easily torn by hand along either axis and leaves little to no residue when removed, though it will remove patches of some paints from the surface of drywall, and can remove finishes from wooden surfaces.
The tape is most likely named for the gaffer, the head of the lighting department on a film crew.
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