When we talked about telenovela production in class, the sheer number of moving parts really struck me. Each member of the team has to be doing his or her job well all the time in order for the conveyer belt of the telenovela assembly line to keep moving. If a backup were to occur at any point, the episode might not end up on air that night. If the dialoguistas did’t complete their sections on time, then the writer couldn’t put everything together. If the writer didn’t send the script over to the rest of the production team, then nothing at all could move forward. I got a little stressed out thinking about all the things that could go wrong. What if the writer got really sick? What if an actor got really sick?? Would they just power through?
Dr. A told us a story about a telenovela getting so behind
that they were filming that day the episode for that night — if that happened,
how would the cast and crew ever catch up or get ahead again? Would they have
to film multiple episodes each day after that to recover their cushion? When
telenovelas are faced with such an extreme time crunch like that, does the show
ever fail to make it on air? Or would the team just bite the bullet and
sacrifice quality for expedience’ sake? I scoured the internet, trying to find an example of a telenovela episode failing to air, but I got nothing. It appears that the team just does
whatever it needs to do to make the magic happen. Everyone pulls together.
And on that note, I realized how crucial each team member is
— how the success or failure of the telenovela is in the hands of everyone
involved. The script, the floor manager, the cameramen and all the assistants
in between … they are crucial to each episode. But all these “little” guys
don’t get a fraction of the credit or fame that the actors, or even directors,
receive. They are the invisibles. I tried to look up the complete crew for the
telenovela I’m watching, Corazón Salvaje. I found the writer, composer,
cinematographer, director, producer and actors. There was no mention anywhere,
however, of the rest of the team. This doesn’t seem right to me. I wouldn’t
even know that those people existed if not for this class. I wonder if they
feel neglected or if they prefer to work behind the scenes. I just feel like
they deserve a lot of respect.