Today our TV Studio task was to work with the Performance Students to produce a programme they had planned.
I opted to be Floor Manager. Possibly one of the worst days of class I've had so far.
- Nobody seemed to understand that when you are given a role, that role is yours and you do not take over another role from someone else. No matter how bad they are at their job, it belongs to them. Equally, no one should be pushed out of their own role or just give up on it (although I have to admit I lost the will to live at one point and did just that.)
- The entire shoot was a mess because the Director and Vision Mixer were arguing about how the programme should look. The Director would tell us to do one thing and the Vision Mixer would say the opposite. Worse still, they did this in front of the Talent. This is terrible in my book for the following reasons:
- It makes the talent lose confidence in you
- It causes extra unnecessary stress to everyone
- It takes a lot of time which you could be using to shoot
- There were too many run throughs. I know everyone says you can't practise enough but the Talent's energy goes out with each take. Luckily we had an amazing group from the Performance Department.
(Yes, and on that note, I would like to say I've never come across such a patient group of actors. They got given a million conflicting instructions, were constantly confused as to who was in charge (as were the rest of us) and they sat in that studio from 10.30 a.m till 3.30 p.m mostly waiting for something to happen. Never heard one negative word from any of them. Much respect....)
- I was made redundant for pretty much the entire day because the Director or the Vision Mixer kept walking into the studio and taking over the Floor Managing.
Just to make sure my rant is sincere and valid I have decided to compare a Floor Manager's job description with what happened today: