This week at the township meeting my crew positions were technical directing and operating Camera 2, which is where I feel most comfortable. Technical directing is fun for people who like taking the lead, calling shots and communicating with everyone through headsets. But for me it’s because I like pressing buttons. Of course you must understand how to operate the console, calling shots, working as a team…. but mostly it’s the buttons. BUTTONS. But in all seriousness it’s a very challenging position that requires the utmost care and… *whispers* buttons.
Camera 2 at the township meetings can be exciting when the board members have a heated discussion. Getting the ideal shot should only take three seconds, which gets easier with practice. In order to get reaction shots it’s your responsibility to be proactive and know which board member is going to speak up. It’s challenging not to laugh when zooming in absurdly close on a subject making an unflattering face, but you still have to get that shot regardless. It’s not up to you to decide if a situation is silly, or which side of a debate you’re on behind the camera
Your job is to get timely shots and save your emotions for later. If you’re in the control room however, laugh away. Better yet, laugh into your headset so the people behind the cameras have to suppress a smile or bite their lips to keep a straight face.
It’s empowering to have learned these skills from the township meetings, knowing they are applicable to other broadcasting stations and networks. managing XLR cables, manning a pannasonic p2 camera, studio set up and Technical Directing. All skills that set me apart from other applicants for jobs in the broadcasting industry.
I tell my friends and family I’m interning at a government broadcasting station, but I often refer to it as my job because it gives you the same responsibilities as an employee. Deadlines have to be met, phone calls have to be made, interviews have to be set up, B-roll has to be uploaded and edited, and shows need to have crews to broadcast them. At the end of the day it has given me more fulfillment than any job I’ve ever landed, and built more confidence than any experience has ever imbued. These interns are each uniquely talented, funny, resourceful and respectful people. These are the kind people I love working with, and I look forward to working with them in the future.