364MC – Research Entry Requirements

Having a degree is the most successful way of becoming a Floor Manager. Subjects such as Media Studies, Drama/Theatre Studies and Photography/Film/Television are the most helpful.

Although having a Degree in a relevant subject is the quickest and most common way to becoming a Floor Manager, it is not the only way. ‘Many floor managers have worked their way up to this position from a more junior or related role.’ Some have started as just a runner or junior assistant on set, then worked their way up, gaining first hand experience along the way. Doing it this way could take a number of years, it will be worth while due to the amount of vital experience you are gaining and contacts you are making. It also gives you a great chance to impress the directors and producers. I have found that to get a job these days, the experience counts for more than your education.

It is essential to have experience to become a Floor Manager. Theatre experience is helpful, however previous work in television is more likely. This could be either as a runner, assistant floor manager or in other technical roles such as sound or lighting. Many years experience is essential to compete within this industry.

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Bibliography:

http://www.prospects.ac.uk/television_floor_manager_entry_requirements.htm

http://130.88.36.167/p/types_of_job/print/television_floor_manager.jsp

http://www.planitplus.net/careerzone/areas/default.aspx?PID=nf&TOPL=7&SECL=7a&ID=182

364MC – What is a Floor Manager?

The Floor Manager is the person in charge of the studio floor. The studio floor is the main production area, but this could also be a stage or where the presenters and guests are located if shooting outside. The ‘FM’ is also the link from the gallery to presenters, guests and audience on the studio floor. A talkback system is used to stay in contact with the gallery, this is usually an earpiece and microphone. The information which is passed, usually consists of the cues and timings for the presenters and guests, which the FM then relays to the studio.

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Before the show:

  • Seating and preparing the audience
  • coordinating rehearsals
  • Ensuring all equipment is in place and checked for any potential technical faults
  • Checking the staging, furniture and props are all ready
  • Brief the presenters and participants in the show
  • Production planning and consulting on logistics

During the show:

  • Preparing and organising upcoming parts of the show
  • Relaying information from the gallery and to the studio
  • Cuing presenters and guests and giving them timings
  • Controlling the audience and keeping them safe and entertained
  • Safety issues on the studio floor
  • Updating the director of action happening off camera
  • If outside of the studio; talks with venue staff, organising the guests, etc.

A typical starting salary for a Floor Manager is between £14,000 – £20,000. At senior level with 10-15 years of experience, a typical salary would be £25,000 upwards. A majority of FM work on a Freelance basis, where salaries can be paid on an hourly, daily or weekly basis, depending on the company’s preferences. Higher salaries will be earned in London, but a freelance FM may earn between £180 to £400 for an  average days work. This is all average, however each job varies depending on the location, company, experience and the duration and demand.

A Floor Manager is always expected to stay until the job is complete. This could mean working late nights and evenings, with irregular and long hours. It is not uncommon to work a 15-hour day. The hours a FM will be needed, is dictated by the studios booking times. Each day will be different, depending on the demand. They could film one episode a day, or five. This could lead to working ten days in a row, or three extremely long days, then a day off. This is mainly the conditions for someone working freelance, they will be expected to work the hours demanded by the production company. Freelance workers will also experience periods of time of unemployment, which is the same for many freelance workers in different media sectors. FM mainly work within a studio, however if they’re covering such sporting events they will work on location. Big television companies such as the BBC and even small independents, are now more commonly hiring self employed or freelance Floor Managers, as freelance work is more commonly possible. FM’s usually dress casually, but will need to be smart casual if working on location, as they’re representing their company and need to be professional.

I know I won’t be able to get a job straight away as a floor manager, so I could gain experience being an Assistant Floor Manager ‘Assistant Floor Manager is a junior member of the production team involved with the practicalities of the production. In drama, will collect actors, look after them, prepare props, reset them after takes, wash up etc as necessary. On studio shows will look after contributors and assist the floor manager with similar duties to those above.

 

Bibliography:

http://www.inputyouth.co.uk/jobguides/job-tvfloormanagerfilmassistantdirector.html

http://www.startintv.com/jobs/assistant-floor-manager.php

http://www.mediacollege.com/employment/television/floor-manager.html

 

 

364MC – My Chosen Profession

I would like to pursue a career as a Floor Manager for a TV studio. During my time at Coventry University, I have tried and tested many roles including; cinematography, sound, light, producing and more. Although I gained knowledge and experience from them all, the role I truly enjoyed was being a Floor Manager for my TV Modules.

When anyone asks why I want to be a ‘FM’, it’s hard for me to answer. I can’t find the words to explain why I want to do it, except just that I think it’ll be something I will be really good at and enjoy! During the times I have been a Floor Manager, I thoroughly enjoyed it and didn’t want it to come to an end. I like the fact that I am in charge, that I know whats going on, where everyone has to be, the times in which things have to be done etc. It might sound like I just like being bossy, but that is what I enjoyed about the role. I also loved the fast pace and pressure of the job too. How you’re always busy, the importance of getting things right and done on time. I know that is the type of work atmosphere I will enjoy.

‘Formal qualifications are helpful but practical experience is what really matters.’

I have completed some research about Floor Managers and have learnt that it is now more common for Floor Managers to be Freelance. Although I have never considered going freelance, my research has taught me that it is quite a risky career choice to make, but if you do well, you will be successful and I definitely think that if I work as hard as I possible can, I can be a successful freelance FM.

Bibliography:

http://www.mediacollege.com/employment/television/floor-manager.html

 

361MC – Short Film Research

After coming to terms with the fact that Kelly and I were now going to be creating a short film, instead of an animation, I now need to complete some research into short films. Although I have worked on a short film on a previous module, this one is the most pressured and only created totally by myself and Kelly. I wanted to research some short films about Anorexia, just to gain a general idea about how they look, the narrative they tell, the message they are trying to get across etc.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FgCjyxkgvbo

This is a short film I watched about a young boys journey suffering from an eating disorder. I liked how the film was quite dark and shadowy. It gave the film a slight edge, but kept me watching and wanted to know what was going to happen to the young boy. There was soft music playing over the top of the film, which is also liked. It helps to control the audience’s’ emotion. However, the music they had did have someone singing, which I thought was slightly distracting. I wouldn’t like that in my film. There were some interesting shots in the film too, which I would like to do in my film too.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NeysGFhc4qA

I also watching another short film called The Unspoken. It is a very creative short film which I really enjoy and has inspired me for my own film.

 

361MC – Animation First Draft Script

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The story begins with main character Lucy in her bedroom one evening, looking upset and sitting quietly on her bed with her hands in her knees. We pan to see different fitness posters on her wall in the background. Lucy then receives online messages, but chooses to ignore them. We zoom into the computer screen, which shows she has received many comments from other people regarding her looks and weight. It will become clear that this has been an ongoing thing and we will see Lucy get up and walk away from the laptop and begin looking at herself in the mirror. She holds different areas of her body and appears to study them. We will then go to a shot of what she see’s in the mirror, which is somebody much larger staring back at her. We then flip to close up of her face appearing very emotional. We hear the messages continuing to come through on her laptop. Lucy continues to look at herself in the mirror and begins to cry. We then zoom out to a wide shot of her bedroom.

Lucy later goes downstairs and sits down to have dinner with her family. We will show a close up tracking shot of each family member eating there dinner, apart from Lucy. Lucy looks incredibly uncomfortable and her family wonder why she is not eating her dinner but do not know the true extent of her problem. We show Lucy playing around with her dinner and not being at all interested in eating it. Fade shot to show time has passed and the rest of the family has finished eating. Tracking shot of all of the empty plates on the table as well as Lucy’s full plate. Lucy looks at her family and after making sure nobody is looking she scrapes her food into a bag she has under the dinner table. Close up of Lucy’s face looking very sad and guilty.

Later we see a close up of Lucy’s feet as she walks into the bathroom. She kneels down and places her hands onto the toilet seat. We see her face and a tear is running down her cheek. We then see her from behind whilst she is sick into the toilet. After wiping her mouth she cries heavily. She then sits down on the bathroom floor and continues crying and the shot then fades out.

We then see a close up of Lucy’s feet and a tracking shot upwards onto her body and see her face. Her body is dry, crackling and slightly bleeding. We see Lucy shaking as she is so weak and cold despite the layers of clothes she is wearing. Lucy takes out a pen and begins to write a diet plan onto a piece of paper, which states she will eat nothing for breakfast, some cucumber slices for lunch and just a bowl of lettuce for dinner. Lucy finishes writing her list, tilts her head to look at it and smiles and nods as if she is happy about how little she will be eating.

Later, Lucy walks into the kitchen. We see her get herself a glass of water. As she is pouring the water her mum walks up towards her and points at the dinner that is cooking on the stove. Lucy shakes her head as if to say she is not very hungry and walks out of the room. Her mum watches her leave, and has a worried look on her face.

Back in her bedroom, Lucy sips the water and then puts it down, gets up and begins to jog on the spot, getting faster and faster. She then begins to do star jumps and other various exercises. We see her take a large breath and look exusted. After sipping a little more water, she goes back to exercising but this time is faster and for a longer time. She suddenly stops and stumbles backwards and cannot keep her balance. We see the room spinning. Lucy tries to hold her head and stop but the room begins spinning faster. Lucy suddenly collapses to the ground and the shot then blacks out.

During the blackout, we hear the sounds of a hospital machine beeping for several seconds. This then slows down and eventually stops, and the sound of a flat line plays over

We then go to a shot, which indicates it is taking place 2 years later. Lucy appears in the shot and is sitting at the table with her family enjoying her dinner. She looks happy and healthy and is going through recovery.

361MC – Animation First Draft Treatment

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The story begins with main character Lucy in her bedroom one evening, looking upset and sitting quietly on her bed with her hands in her knees. We pan to see different fitness posters on her wall in the background. Lucy then receives online messages, but chooses to ignore them. We zoom into the computer screen, which shows she has received many comments from other people regarding her looks and weight. It will become clear that this has been an ongoing thing and we will see Lucy get up and walk away from the laptop and begin looking at herself in the mirror. She holds different areas of her body and appears to study them. We will then go to a shot of what she see’s in the mirror, which is somebody much larger staring back at her. We then flip to close up of her face appearing very emotional. We hear the messages continuing to come through on her laptop. Lucy continues to look at herself in the mirror and begins to cry. We then zoom out to a wide shot of her bedroom.

Lucy later goes downstairs and sits down to have dinner with her family. We will show a close up tracking shot of each family member eating there dinner, apart from Lucy. Lucy looks incredibly uncomfortable and her family wonder why she is not eating her dinner but do not know the true extent of her problem. We show Lucy playing around with her dinner and not being at all interested in eating it. Fade shot to show time has passed and the rest of the family has finished eating. Tracking shot of all of the empty plates on the table as well as Lucy’s full plate. Lucy looks at her family and after making sure nobody is looking she scrapes her food into a bag she has under the dinner table. Close up of Lucy’s face looking very sad and guilty.

Later we see a close up of Lucy’s feet as she walks into the bathroom. She kneels down and places her hands onto the toilet seat. We see her face and a tear is running down her cheek. We then see her from behind whilst she is sick into the toilet. After wiping her mouth she cries heavily. She then sits down on the bathroom floor and continues crying and the shot then fades out.

We then see a close up of Lucy’s feet and a tracking shot upwards onto her body and see her face. Her body is dry, crackling and slightly bleeding. We see Lucy shaking as she is so weak and cold despite the layers of clothes she is wearing. Lucy takes out a pen and begins to write a diet plan onto a piece of paper, which states she will eat nothing for breakfast, some cucumber slices for lunch and just a bowl of lettuce for dinner. Lucy finishes writing her list, tilts her head to look at it and smiles and nods as if she is happy about how little she will be eating.

Later, Lucy walks into the kitchen. We see her get herself a glass of water. As she is pouring the water her mum walks up towards her and points at the dinner that is cooking on the stove. Lucy shakes her head as if to say she is not very hungry and walks out of the room. Her mum watches her leave, and has a worried look on her face.

Back in her bedroom, Lucy sips the water and then puts it down, gets up and begins to jog on the spot, getting faster and faster. She then begins to do star jumps and other various exercises. We see her take a large breath and look exusted. After sipping a little more water, she goes back to exercising but this time is faster and for a longer time. She suddenly stops and stumbles backwards and cannot keep her balance. We see the room spinning. Lucy tries to hold her head and stop but the room begins spinning faster. Lucy suddenly collapses to the ground and the shot then blacks out.

During the blackout, we hear the sounds of a hospital machine beeping for several seconds. This then slows down and eventually stops, and the sound of a flat line plays over

We then go to a shot, which indicates it is taking place 2 years later. Lucy appears in the shot and is sitting at the table with her family enjoying her dinner. She looks happy and healthy and is going through recovery.