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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.

      Read the following information about: How Sitcoms Work

    • 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 a sitcome from their list over youtube.
        • Record the key features that make the show a sitcom. e.g
          • Start Location
          • Key actors
          • Plot line
          • Number of jokes in the episode
          • Number of scene locations (and order of locations)
          • Best joke of the episonde
          • etc...

        • At the conclusion of the screening, discuss your conclusion and criteria 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

          Sitcoms to think about:
            • The IT Crowd 2006-2013
            • Modern Family 2009-present
            • Everybody Loves Raymond 1996-2005
            • Growing Pains 1985-1992
            • That ‘70s Show 1998-2006
            • Black Adder 1982-1983
            • Mork & Mindy 1978-1982
            • Will & Grace 1998-2006
            • Family Ties 1982-1989
            • Diff’rent Strokes 1978-1986
            • Young Ones 1982-1984
            • Fawlty Towers 1975-1979
            • Malcolm in the Middle 2000-2005
            • How I Met Your Mother  2005-2014
            • Happy Days 1974-1984
            • Friends 1994-2004
            • Silicon Valley 2014-present
            • Married…with Children 1987-1997
            • M*A*S*H 1972-1983
            • Scrubs  2001-2010
            • The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air  1990-1996
            • Frasier 1993-2004
            • Parks and Recreation 2009-2015
            • The Office US 005-2013
            • I Love Lucy  1951-1957
            • Seinfeld 1989-1998
            • Cheers 1982-1992
            • The Good Place

Readings / Homework
  • Students will need to submit work evidence in SWT (Share With Teacher) class task container. This will be collected as evidence of your progression.




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