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Practical Evaluation of Sitcom Intro Sequence

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Introduction

Practical Evaluation Pre-Production Planning our sitcom title sequence, initially, was a daunting task with regards to the limits of creativity between a small group of male teenagers! An idea had to be constructed though, and this was when a unanimous idea was agreed on to go with a school band theme. This idea had significant influence and inspiration from the film School of Rock. The second step in pre production was to decide on our target audience, which was clear due to a school band being the main feature. This immediately made us picture male/female teenagers of the same age, or lower, than those present within the sitcom being our predominant viewers. With this being a fairly remote target audience, and not family-orientated, the sitcom would be best suited to Channel 4 or BBC 3. The next task was agreeing on a structure for our piece. We were informed of two main structures to choose from, and had witnessed both types in the form of The Simpsons (narrative based structure) and Friends (montage based structure). Eventually, we all had mutual feelings that a narrative based sequence would be the most appropriate, and strongest, structure to employ. ...read more.

Middle

The second of two considerable inconveniences was that the corridor which we originally planned to film in was in use; therefore we were forced to move to the corridor above this. This eventually proved to be quite a non-inhibiting problem, as the same resources necessary, were available. At the end of filming, it seemed to be undisputed amongst the group that we had achieved a great amount of development. The soundtrack chosen for the piece was "Formed a Band" by Art Brut. Personally, I believe that this was the most appropriate song that we could have chosen for our piece. Upon inspection of the lyrics and soundtrack, this became apparent instantaneously. It then came to editing, and after a simple tutorial of Adobe Premier, no major issues arose when constructing our final footage. Assistance from a technician was required when minor problems came up, like installing outside fonts, etc, but again, nothing major. One particularly aspect of the editing, which we felt went thoroughly well, was the uploading and cutting of our soundtrack using Audacity. We were all pleased with this, due to the cut down version of our soundtrack being almost unnoticeable. ...read more.

Conclusion

All of these apparently contributed heavily towards the professionalism of our product. Of course, several downsides to our piece were identified, primarily, the lack of comedy within the sequence, which considering the nature of a sitcom, was definitely a place for improvement. We also later learnt that the title of our sequence heavily affected the boundaries of our target audience, with nobody outside of Maidstone Grammar School being able to relate to such a specific location. A final point noticed, was the almost random appearance of the director of the piece (Rob Ashton) at the end, being a previously non-introduced character to the sitcom. This could easily confuse certain viewers and have diverse effects. Personal Evaluation Finally, I feel that my personal contribution to the group, although not particularly noteworthy, was satisfactory. However much we could give most of the credit to one group member, however, it must be said that one person would not have been adequate in completing such a daunting task. I also feel that we can take away the appreciation of the length of time such a short amount of footage can take to assemble in a presentable format. ?? ?? ?? ?? Joshua Zar´┐Ż 10Sf Mr. Goddard ...read more.

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