A floor manager takes charge of the production floor in the studio. He acts as the connection between the director and the people on the floor such as the presenters and the audience. The floor manager has to keep contact with the control room and must therefore have a microphone as well as an earpiece while on the floor. He has to make sure that all technical equipment, props and sets are in good condition before filming begins.
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Education and Training
Floor managers do not require professional qualification since it mainly involves on-the-job training. However, to increase chances, aspiring candidates should consider taking up courses in media studies, theatre/drama studies, television production, photography or film production.
Responsibilities and Duties
A floor manager checks all microphones and earpieces to ensure that they are in good working condition before filming begins. She passes on instructions to the studio floor as received from the control room. She also takes part in the preparation and planning of productions while also taking care of the people involved in the production. The floor manager in addition informs the producer and the director about the action off-camera and also watches over the work of other departments including props and lighting. She also gives cues as well as time counts to the actors, guests and presenters.
A floor manager should portray maturity and confidence at a high level since the position involves managing a diverse group of people. An in-depth understanding of floor staff positions as well as such television requirements as sound, camera and lighting will enable him to carry out specified duties efficiently. The ability to remain calm even when handling difficult situations will enable him to cope with the pressure and stress characteristic of this position. Since the position involves liaising with various people, the floor manager should possess strong communication and interpersonal skills.
The working hours in this position may get irregular and in certain cases the floor manager may have to work long hours and even over the weekends. Floor managers mostly work within the studio even though some positions may require travel to various shoot locations. Most employers accept smart casual as the dress code.
A floor manager’s salary varies according to the location and company she works for. According to Indeed.com, as of July 2010, a floor manager in Brooklyn, New York, earns an average of £39,000 annually while in California, she earns an average of £31,200. In New Jersey, she earns an average of £32,500 whereas she earns an average of £33,150 in Maryland.
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