I work at a TV station as a production assistant. I basically wear two hats: that of an audio operator and a video editor. The audio part is pretty straight-forward: during newscasts, I sit at the soundboard and turn mics on and off, play stock music, monitor the sound levels of commercials, etc. The video part can be ... just a fucking headache sometimes.
Among other things, if an anchor wants to use a wire story, it's my job to download it from the source and digitally convert it to the specific type of media file we use. One of our wire sources can be really finicky, and when it's not functioning at all, I have to tell the anchor, and sometimes, like this week, that announcement results in my head being all but bitten off. It's also my job to communicate with reporters if it looks like their stories are going to be late. Usually, that isn't too bad, but this week, one of our reporters was consistently late with her stuff. After a while, it just felt like I was nagging her, and I felt like such a tool. I also feel like getting on someone's ass about their stories is something a supervisor should do, and I'm nowhere near being a reporter's superior. Why do I have to get stuck with this shit? Finally, I mentioned this elsewhere, but yesterday I witnessed the chief engineer and the chief meteorologist get into a screaming match in the middle of the production control room while my director and I looked on. Basically, the meteorologist was unhappy with how she looked on screen and thought it had something to do with our studio cameras. The main problem is that for a TV station we have really shitty monitors, and they don't really reflect what the cameras capture, if that makes sense. At any rate, the engineer couldn't convince the meteorologist of this, and they argued very loudly about it for at least 10-15 minutes. It was extremely uncomfortable to watch, and at one point, I had to leave the room.
Blergh. I have to go in on Saturday and Sunday nights to help with the 10 p.m. newscast, and tonight the director I like least will be there. What's more is, we will probably be pre-empted by college football once again, and I will have to spend even more time with this douche of a director. Someone shoot me now.