Who is a FloorManager?He is the person in chargeof the production "floor".
S/he is one of the most important roleswithin the studio area as they communicateany vital information or instructions from the Who others within the gallery.Director or is a Floor Manager?
News Presenter Lights Camera Floor Manager OperatorDirector Audience And other staff
1. Assisting with production planning and consulting on logistics. 2. Overseeing the work of other departments, such as sound, lighting and props. 3. Ensuring all equipment is in place and technical checks
4. Checking the “talk-backs” andcables5. Briefing presenters and talent 6. Preparing the audience 7. Coordinating rehearsals; rehearsing live shows
8. referring to floor plans9. assisting in the planning and preparation of productions 10. assisting guests on the show
1. Anchor Movement 2. Providing cues, timing and other information to presenters and talent3. Relaying information amongthe control room, floor staffand talent.4. Informing the directorof any relevant off-camera action.
5. looking ahead in the programme schedule for any required change or props6. Overseeing safety issues7. Briefing and looking after those involved in the programme;8. Managing the audience
9. In outside broadcasts; liasing with venue staff, organizing talent, etc10. organizing runners to make the best use of studio time;11. dealing with any technical problems12. controlling the studio and halting production if necessary
13. liaising with public relations staff to agree who will be interviewed14. passing information and progress reports from live events to studio presenters
As a senior position it requires a high level ofmaturity, competence andconfidence
Broad understanding oftelevision requirements and the positions of floor staff
Ability to work under stress and cope withdifficult situation calmly
excellent interpersonal skills and be unflinchingly diplomatic
a clear understanding of theprogramme’s structure
Normally, the talent is notable to use a headset andcannot receive instructionsdirectly from the director. It is the prime responsibility of the floor manager to act as a liaison between the talent and the director.
Floor Manager stands rightbeside the camera or attimes kneelsAlthough any system of handsignals understood by thetalent and the FloorManager can be used, thereis a set of universallyrecommended hand signals.
Stand by.For the hand signal to “stand by,” thefloor manager raises his hand and arm at the beginning of the show orfollowing a spot break
30 seconds to goFor the hand signal that there are 30seconds remaining in theshow/segment,the floor manager forms the letterT with both hands or crosses thehands at the neck with clenched fists.
15 seconds to go/wrap it upFor the hand signalthat there are 15 seconds remaining in theshow/segment and the talent should wrap upwhat he is doing, the floor manager creates agrabbing motion with his hand that results in a fist.
Cut.For the hand signal to “cease talking” or “stop action,” thefloor manager draws his handacross his throat in a slashingmotion.
Stretch. The floor manager pulls his handsapart as if stretching a rubber band. Longeramounts of time are indicated when the floor manager places his hands farther apart atthe end of the stretching motion; shorter timeamounts are indicated when the floor managerplaces his hands closer together.
OKFor the hand signal that“everything is fine,” the floormanager makes a circle withhis thumb and forefinger.
Speak more softlyFor the hand signal to “speak moresoftly,” the floor manager raises thepalm of his hand to his mouth.
Speak upFor the hand signal to“speak up,” the floormanager cups his earwith his hand.
Speak or look at this camera For the hand signal to “speak or look at thiscamera,” the floor manager points to the on-air camera with hishand. A waving motion from one camera toanother alerts the talent that the director isswitching the shot to another on-air camera.
Be precise and deliberateDo not wave your arms in the air franticallyBe aware of the expected cameramovements