I think the person who will relate the most to this post will be thegreateze. Here goes…

There are certain people in my TV Production class that are just plain whiny persons. This last exercise we have done (which wraps up with the third day of taping tomorrow), is the Talk Demo exercise. What it bascially comprises of is two cameras, with camera one breaking to get three different shots in the four minute demonstration of whatever (how to make a cake, etc.), a title card (with CG graphics over it), then a close up on the desk with the demonstation taking place, then back to get a chroma key board as the demo (the talent) reviews the steps (CG chromakeyed on the board). The direction is not that hard, just a lot to remember and the trick is remembering when to do it.

When we set up on the first day of taping last Thursday, the first director took at least twenty minutes to get the stuff set up. It should have taken no more than five or six. I’m the floor manager in this, and all I have to keep hearing on the headset is something along the lines of, “I wish I could have a nervous breakdown.”, or stuff relating to how she’s going to screw up future assignments.

I’m sorry, but for one thing, if you can’t do this stuff, then why the hell are you in the class, let alone a broadcasting major? Just constantly being negative about how you’re going to do is not the attitude to have.

But wait, there’s more… the first try was a practice run to be watched and critiqued by the whole class. A “free time” as the teacher calls it, then we do it again for keeps right after. I had to mention to the director that I never got a 30 second or a wrap cue to give to the talent, and about four other people in the control room got mad at me, I just politely walked out not saying a word, I had made my point clear. I need the cues to give to the damn talent.

There is one more thing I must mention here… this girl (who will mercifully remain nameless), is the president of Alpha Sigma Iota. Yes, that’s right, she’s the president of the broadcasting fraternity. If that’s not proof that everything runs on cliques in college, high school, or whatever, I don’t know what is. That’s why I don’t ever want to be part of a clique or any such social gathering, it’s degrading and just below my level so much, not that I’m so much better than everyone else, I’m not, but I don’t have to stoop that low. I considered joining for a while, but I don’t want to now, that much is certain.

Time to get off the soapbox. Need to go run through my cues and commands for tomorrow.

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  1. You’re speaking my language.

    Of course, there is a lot of escoteric terminology used, but the general idea is clear: knowing how stuff is supposed to get done can be quite frustrating.

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