Now That Wasn’t So Bad!June 29th, 2013 at 11:15 pm by caitlynchastain under Interns
This past week was definitely an experience! I got to try some things that I was not sure I would do very well at…. I was in the production department. This department made me the most nervous because I had nearly no idea what I was doing! Not to mention the equipment is crazy expensive so you don’t want to mess up and ruin something. However, even though it did make me nervous, I tried everything. I worked cameras which was fun because they were robotic. It really was just like playing a video game! And after I learned how to read the rundown as a camera operator, it really wasn’t that bad. After camera’s I was able to try out the new chyron system. Now this system confused me a little but I got the hang of it eventually. Then I shadowed the technical director. This is the job that intimidated me the most. There were what seemed to be a thousand buttons in front of you… all that had a specific person. Now I am the kind of person that has tousle playing video games because I can’t remember if my finger is on X or Z…so yeah, it was intimidating. However, it really all makes sense. Everything is put in a specific place and follows an order. While I certainly am no where near an expert, I did leave learning a lot about technical directing and the pressure that comes with the job! I was also lucky enough to press some buttons and make some things happen during the show, which was very exciting! Then my last stop was prompter. The job is easy, scroll the script while the anchor reads. What I never thought about was anchors ad-libbing or stories getting skipped or getting lost in the script. Luckily, none of these things happened to me but they were good scenarios to hear about and for me to know in case I needed to be prepared! I felt very comfortable on prompter and even got to do a few blocks myself.
For only having one week in production I sure did learn a lot. I am definitely leaving with much more knowledge on how everything works and tons of respect for all the people helping the show to go on. It was a lot of fun and I will get to go back soon but until then, I can’t wait to see what I will learn in my next department…..sales!