February 21, 2018

Watch: 10 Ways You Can Use Gaff Tape on a Film Set

Gaff tape isn't just one of the most essential tools in a filmmaker's gear bag, it's also one of the most versatile.

Look in your gear bag right now. What's in there? A camera (duh), lenses (duh), memory cards, extra batteries, and chargers (duh, duh, and duh). There are tons of other important things you need to have on you at all times while shooting a film, not the least of which is gaff tape. This stuff is a lifesaver when you need to lay some cable, but that's not the only thing it can do. In this video by Burke Cullinane, learn the many ways you can utilize gaff tape on a film set. Check it out below:

If you've used gaff tape a lot, chances are you've found some weird ways to put it to good use. If you're a new filmmaker and haven't had the pleasure of its acquaintance, then these tips might help you get an idea of how multifunctional it is.

  • Laying/securing cable
  • Mounting gels to lights
  • Labeling stuff
  • Spiking and creating marks
  • Fixing broken stuff
  • Hanging stuff
  • Fixing ripped jeans (or any other busted ass apparel you're rocking)
  • Attaching stuff
  • Taping down noisy stuff that moves (like camera strap loops, blinds/shutters, a chatty PA...JK)
  • Removing lint/hair from your fancy duds

If your thirst for gaff tape tips has yet to be quenched, here are 50 more ways you can put it to good use.

What are some creative ways you've used gaff tape? Let us know down in the comments.      

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This is the last straw for me. I don't plan on wasting my time on this site anymore.
This used to be the best site for a variety of reasons back when Ryan was running it. No idea where he went but it is just plain terrible these days.

February 22, 2018 at 9:43AM


Jesus. Is this what NFS has come to? Thanks for showing us how to use fucking tape to do all the things tape is currently marketed to do. "Stick stuff to other stuff!" Wow. Revolutionary.

If you're only going to spend 30 seconds finding a topic for an article and then writing that article, maybe you just should skip the whole process. I think we'd all be better off.

February 22, 2018 at 9:43AM


Even for an amateur this video is off mark ... and potentially dangerous.

Gaff tape on a hot light is a pretty bad idea. Use C47s (clothespins) they are wood, they dont melt, and thats the proper tool. If an grip or electric ever saw you do that you'd be laughed off set.

When you put a mark for talent on the floor you do it with a T not an X this way they know which direction they face so they can "T off" to the mark.

The beauty of Gaff is that you can shape it without cutting it. It rips in straight lines, so if you are going to repair glasses or something small, then strip it properly.

Attaching things is great, but learn to fold a lip so its easy to take off after. Also, Gaff is pretty strong, it can rip paint off walls, you should mention that, or show how you can build a strap by placing two pieces sticky side against each other to create a handle or harness.

If you've lived on sets you've seen tricks way more impressive then these, hate to say ... I once saw a guy build a harness to hang rigging from. In the right hands Gaff can be magic.

February 22, 2018 at 10:26AM

Roberto Serrini
Director • Editor

I had to check and see if it was April 1st and I was being fooled, because this is one of the most low-effort videos/posts I've ever seen on this site. I can't even imagine this being helpful to beginners, let alone interesting or even relevant to anyone with any experience in the industry.

I very sincerely like this site and all that I've learned from it, but damn, some of these posts are just downright silly, and I think I can at least speak for a decent chunk of this community when I say that I'd very much appreciate fewer posts like these.

February 22, 2018 at 9:30PM

David Padilla
Assistant Camera

NEVER use gaff tape on finished surfaces. once it sets, you'll pull the finish off floors, walls, doors, etc and you'll be paying for it. I once did it 15 years ago...
also - why use it on a light? it's just going to leave gooey residue.

February 24, 2018 at 9:13AM

Jacques Adelle-Boix