Off Screen MADNESS of a TV Show!!! (Backstage – Part 2)

Hello again. I’m back with the off screen madness part 2. I ended first part on the Creative’s call. But still, the to-do-list of creative team member never ENDS! Let me tell you what a creative member would/should/have to do. Let’s see some more colors of the creative team member.  

Creatives act as a link between the shoot, edits, meetings and the channel. Being a creative team member, you should know each and everything about the show, actors, characters, story and screenplay at the tip of your tongue! Anywhere anytime anyone can ask you “arery 3 number scene mein who bacche avoid ho sakte hai kyaa?” And you realize you do NOT have a life! Your life is your own show. My mom used to tell me, “Beta I feel you are married to your show.” LOL! Yeah. That’s how dedicated a creative team member should be! But no matter what, creatives are entitled for all the blame-games. Hahaha! (Just kidding) 😉 Those who are passionate enough and love their shows or the moneys involved would definitely like to be a creative. So you think you can become a Creative? ;(How about a Reality Show on this topic? Lol!)

EP’s Call Time:

EP (Executive Producer) constitutes an integral part of the production team. He is the one who prepares schedules and arranges for the locations and sets etc. He deals a lot with actors aur unke tantrums + dates. He has to be the one who can lie in favor of his situations. Complicated right? Or interesting? He definitely makes you think and he has this one thing in his mind, no matter what; my telecast has to go daily on-air at the said time! And he devotes his life for it! Often there are fights between EPs and Creatives because of script issues. Sadiyon se chalte aaye hai –Creatives-Production ke jhagde! There is just no end to it. But for any show to be a hit, there has to be a PROPER and PERFECT co-ordination between these 2 departments. “Ladte jhagadte telecast toh nikal he jaata hai – A famous line by ANONYMOUS production head.

Actor’s Act/Tantrums:

Ala la la la… Actors actors actors. Mostly for whom we all watch the shows. Beware! They are different from their on-screen image and characters. When you actually are shooting with them for more than 12-14 hours a day, you get to know the ‘real’ people who they are! Some are good, some are bad and some are like the ones on whom I’d not even like to comment anything. I have personally witnessed same actors acting differently every time I’ve interacted with them. After all, we make them the stars. Ab jab hum he unhe utna sar par chadhayenge, fir toh who bhi uske maze lenge he na. But most of the actors are professionals. And it should be like that also. After all, a healthy work atmosphere is something everyone would want. But at times, actors do throw a tantrum saying ‘main yeh costume nahi pehnugi’ or ‘yeh lines kaat do.. kyaa likha hai yeh? Bakwas hai..’ etc. But Creatives definitely know the ‘trick’ to tackle their actors. After a while, creatives are used to with all these and they take it as a ‘pinch of salt’. And at times they two become the best of friends 🙂

Director’s Cut:

Let’s move on to this! A director is like the captain of the ship. He/She has the ‘next-to-last-word’ in the shoot. He/She works under a lot of pressure. He/She has to daily shoot an episode (or a major part of it), get the best out of the actors, think from the creatives’ + editor’s + audience’s POV.  Director will keep on re-taking the shots until and unless he/she is satisfied with the actor’s performance. When the show is new, it’s a great challenge for a director to set it up. Once you have crossed few episodes, everyone enters the ‘soapy mood’ and actors become ‘one-take’ artists. And the director EXACTLY knows at what point to say 2 words: ‘ACTION’ and ‘CUT’!

Editor’s Scissors:

Editors mostly are included in the post-production team. They have to be super fast with their work. They are the final ones, seeing the episode before it’s on-air. But agar –cut-to-cut situation aa jaaye toh sabse zyada pressure inhi par hota hai. They need to give edited telecast footage much prior the on-air time! But sometimes, online editing also happens. And segments reach one after the other. Like you’re watching a particular show; when first break happens, it’s the end of first segment. And when ads are going on, second segment is up! Cut-to-cut situations are crazy! And editors are like angels at that time! In normal cases when editors are editing a particular episode and if they cut one whole scene (of course with the creative supervision); the director starts cribbing! “Mera scene kaat diya… Kaatna he tha toh batade shoot he kyun karwaya..” LOL! (Being a creative, you just have to listen this, make some faces and move on) Yeah that’s the best way to deal it!

Channel’s Telecast:

Once the final episode is ready, it’s sent to the respective channel and they telecast it. They have their own editing panel. Who re-edits, if required. And if there, the technical goof up takes place or if the channel is not able to telecast any show on the said time, it has to bear HUGE losses! It might even lose its audience. But even this kind of situation takes place. It’s just that we industry people take it with a ‘pinch of salt’ and move on. As somewhere at the back of our minds, it’s present “No show can succeed without an obstacle.” We seek positivity even in this! 🙂 Yeh toh thi telecast ki baat! But before that, there are ‘a few’ channel people who are so wannabe writers; they will read your script and add their own inputs in it. With due respect to all channel and their employees, this is not-so-cool thing and nobody wants it, until it is really something out-of-the-box or innovative. This just adds to irritation which production houses are already submerged in! But most of the channel people are really cool! They take a back seat and let the production houses take control. In this way, you get a better package (I feel). But all thanks to the channel for their creative inputs in promos and support with the production houses…You guys are the BEST! 🙂

Producer Pays:

Money talks louder than words! Aha! After working for 24*7, 30 days a month and 365 days a year; showcasing some of the best shows, it’s time to pay their dues! After cutting down on your social life, your family life, your entertainment, you screw up your health, when you start working for your show and treat it like your own baby; when it brings a smile on people’s face and more and more people appreciate it, and you get paid good money for it! Believe you me, if you’re passionate enough then in the end it’s all WORTH it! And Producers pay those BIG BUCKS to the actors, technicians and other crew members for their hardcore efforts!!! I’ve some of my friends who always keep on telling “I earn a lot, but I don’t get the time to spend it on myself”. Yep. This is true when you’ve struggled a lot and made your mark in the industry. Initially you’ve to slog for sure! It’s not easy money. As people say, it is HARD EARNED!

Last but not the least – TRPS Rule !!!

Haha! It’s as simple as black and white. If TRPs increases, there is profit and if it decreases, it might incur losses. Some people believe the numbers doesn’t make any difference. Some believe they are the only thing! Well, to each it’s own.

I hope you all have enjoyed reading this part as well as have imparted knowledge. And now you know ‘whom to blame’ if you do not like a particular thing in the show. 😉 Hahahaha!

Thanks for reading!

1 thought on “Off Screen MADNESS of a TV Show!!! (Backstage – Part 2)

  1. I guess it a complete team work, none of them can go ahead independently.. Producers, Channel house, Directors, Actors, Creatives, Editors, Technicians.. its a creative effort of all these and not an individual. It takes lots of pain to meet the timelines and deadlines of a daily.. when you have to have 4 – 5 epis in a week.

    So cheers to this Entertainment business who entertains us and also employ’s lots of people.

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