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Week 05: Film and New Media

Class Task and Information

  • Lesson 01:
    • Cracking the Sitcom code?
    • Homework Review:
      • Students are to present their Timeline reviews.
      • Remember this needs to indicate all the significant aspects if the sitcom code

    • Task 01:
      • Collect a Sitcom Review Sheet
      • Place your name on top of the sheet
      • Sitcom Analysis

    • Task 02 - Answer the questions
      • Community College S01 E01
      • An ex-lawyer is forced to return to community college to get a degree. However, he tries to use the skills he learned as a lawyer to get the answers to all his tests and pick up in his Spanish class.

        Community is an ensemble piece set in a community college with various misfits and that includes the Dean of the college.

        The lead is Jeff Winger (Joel McHale.) A lawyer whose licence has been revoked as his law degree was from Columbia. The country not the university and the certificate was an attachment in an email.

      • Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
      • Writers: Dan Harmon (created by), Dan Harmon
      • Stars: Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi

    • Task 03
      • Focus Question: Outline the persona profile for the audience and the demographics and characteristics the sitcom is targeted towards.

    • Lesson Review
      • Pair and share your responses with another member of the class and review your success criteria.
        • Are you able to recount the sitcom information
        • Outline the plot lines
        • Identify the protagonist for the plots
        • Analyse the social commentary
        • Persona Profile of the audience

  • Lesson 02:
    • select one of the following sitcoms:
      • Summer Heights High
      • Kath & Kim
      • Mother and Son
      • All Aussie Adventures
      • Malcolm in the Middle 2000-2005
      • How I Met Your Mother  2005-2014
      • Happy Days 1974-1984

    • Features of a Sitcom: Features include humour, generally realistic events and characters, length of 22 minutes (minus commercial breaks) and resolution by the end of the episode. They also are usually scripted, use familiar settings like coffeehouses and are organized into seasons. 

    • Sitcoms are their own genera and not like sketch comedy, drama and reality shows. The other genre demonstrate similar characteristics however, they are in their own lane.
      • Sketch comedy comprises a series of short scenes or vignettes, called "sketches", commonly between one and ten minutes long. Such sketches are performed by a group of comic actors or comedians, either on stage or through an audio or visual medium such as radio and television.

    • Task 01:
      • Focus Questions:
        • What is the purposes and benefits of watching sitcoms?
        • What role do they play in our culture?
        • Do sitcoms offer cultural commentary, or are they just meant for mere entertainment?
        • What cultural value do sitcoms have long after they have been broadcast?

    • Task 02:
      • In your current investigations of sitcoms, what “Stock” storyline, situations or gags have you seen multiple times in sitcoms?

      • How can a shop-worn concept or conceit be made to seem “new” or “fresh” as opposed to merely recycled? Use examples to support your answer.

    • Task 03:
      • Review the following document from the Arts Law Centre of Australia.

      • Summary Question:
        • How are sitcoms classified? What are the parameters that they must work within to gain a classification in Australia?

Readings / Homework



Focus Point