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Week 03: Film and New Media

Class Task and Information

  • Lesson 01:
      • Key elements of sitcoms (situational comedies)
      • Analysis and recognition of success criteria for sitcoms.

    • A sitcom, clipping for situational comedy (situation comedy in the U.S.), is a genre of comedy centered on a fixed set of characters who carry over from episode to episode. Sitcoms can be contrasted with sketch comedy, where a troupe may use new characters in each sketch, and stand-up comedy, where a comedian tells jokes and stories to an audience. Sitcoms originated in radio, but today are found mostly on television as one of its dominant narrative forms. This form can also include mockumentaries.

    • A situational comedy television programme may be recorded in front of a studio audience, depending on the programme’s production format. The effect of a live studio audience can be imitated or enhanced by the use of a laugh track. During filming productions, the laugh track is usually pre-recorded.

    • Critics disagree over the utility of the term "sitcom" in classifying shows that have come into existence since the turn of the century. Many contemporary American sitcoms use the single-camera setup and do not feature a laugh track, thus often resembling the dramedy shows of the 1980s and 1990s rather than the traditional sitcom. Other topics of debate have included whether or not cartoons, such as The Simpsons or Family Guy, can be classified as sitcoms.

    • Task 01:
    • Make a list of 5 sitcoms that you have seen. With each one, make a note about what the sitcom was about:
    • Title of the Sitcom Outline of the sitcom
      Chicken Girls High school girls that dance together and deal with complex teen situations.
      Parks and Recreation Government department that looks after parks in a town developing its identity.

    • Task 02:
      • Developing criteria to identify Sitcoms.
      • Students will view the first sitcom in class.
      • Record the key features that make the show a sitcom.
      • At the conclusion of the screening, discuss your conclusion with your working party.

  • Lesson 02:
      • Defining sitcom story conventions
      • Reviewing Symbolic and Technical Codes

    • Task 01:
      • Reviewing criteria to identify Sitcoms.
      • Students are to create a rubric to identify and classify sitcoms

    • Task 02:
      • Students will be presented with a new sitcom.
      • Review the sitcom using the rubric
      • Make adjustments to the rubric where appropriate
      • Collaborate on your findings and measure your success criteria

  • Lesson 03:
      • Storyboards - reverse engineering a scene from a sitcom

    • Task 01:
      • Students are to locate and select a scene from a sitcom.
      • Students can use the internet and YouTube to locate an appropriate sitcom.
      • Once you have selected a sitcom, select an appropriate scene from the episode.
      • Have your teacher review the scene as this must be school appropriate.

    • Task 02:
      • Develop a storyboard for the scene.
      • Ensure that you apply and capture the appropriate Technical Codes in your storyboard
      • Apply and record: Symbolic codes of setting, Mise En Scene and actors
      • Use the skills developed over the first 2 weeks of the course to produce effective storyboards for your scene.

    • Task 03:
      • Place a copy of your storyboard as an image or images in the class myFlinders submission container.

Readings / Homework
  • Students will need to submit an image or images of their storyboards for lesson 3 in myFlinders class task container. This will be collected as evidence of your progression.




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