As our Capstone project comes to an end. We had to write an essay that supports our Main inquiry question. My main inquiry question is
What are the chief elements that affect the
making of a TV sitcom?
This essay really told me to elaborate on my facts. For example if a gave a fact about a sitcom, then I would have to say where I got the fact from. Writing this essay was really challenging but I think that my essay turned out pretty good. Here it is :
Lights, Camera, Action! From the day that the filming starts, to the day that the show releases. There is a lot of work that goes into making a sitcom. A sitcom is short for situation comedy. The first TV show was made in 1928 and a lot has changed since then. Shows used to be in black and white but now shows are in color. Everyone that is on set for the making of the show has to work 10 hours every weekday. The process is long and hard. According a producer named Andrew Singer, making a sitcom is the busiest thing on the planet. Sitcoms are made funny because of Pre-Production, Production, and Post-Production.Lights, Camera, Action! From the day that the filming starts, to the day that the show releases. There is a lot of work that goes into making a sitcom. A sitcom is short for situation comedy. The first TV show was made in 1928 and a lot has changed since then. Shows used to be in black and white but now shows are in color. Everyone that is on set for the making of the show has to work 10 hours every weekday. The process is long and hard. According a producer named Andrew Singer, making a sitcom is the busiest thing on the planet. Sitcoms are made funny because of Pre-Production, Production, and Post-Production.
Sitcoms are made funny because of Pre-Production. The first example of Pre-Production is hiring actors and crew that will be on set. The way that actors get hired is through a process called an audition. In an audition, people come to the set and are asked to say a few lines for the director. After everyone who wants to audition auditions, the directors discusses who they think would be the best person for that part. Sometimes the producer formally asks people to audition, when you are asked to audition you are more likely get the role. I think that the audition process is a great way to chose the roles because people that no one really knows who might be the next Emma Stone. According to entertainment.howstuffworks.com the show runner and the producers also have to be hired. The second example of Pre-Production is getting the cameras, scenery, and props. When cameras are brought to the set, they have to come in big equipment trucks that carry the cameras. The cameras can way up to 400 lbs so when they come out of the truck they have to be wheeled to the place where the scene will be filmed. After the cameras are set in place, the scenery crew helps put up the scenery. Their job is to make sure that the scenery is as realistic as possible. They try to make the viewers seem like a recording studio looks like a off location scene. When shooting off location cameras usually have a colored lens put on them so that even if the scene is being shot in the day, on TV it will look like it is night time if there is a dark lens on. After that the directors help with props. When I went to the set of “The Other Two,” executive producer Kaylani Esparza told me that sometimes when a person is “Drinking Tea,” when you are watching the show, they may just be drinking water. That happens because if there is a scene where someone spills Tea on themselves, the actor can get burnt, so the producers use water as a replacement. This shows how Pre-Production is involved in making a sitcom.
Sitcoms are made funny because of Production. On example of production is filming. There can be up to 20 people backstage at once. Once the producer says. Lights! Camera! Action! Everyone on set has to be absolutely silent. If someone laughs or talks once when a scene is being shot, the whole scene has to be shot all over again. When the camera is shooting the scene the executive producers are sitting in their chairs and watching the monitor. The monitor is kind of like a computer that watches over everything that is happening on all of the cameras. After the scene is over, the producers says Cut! The producer along with the executive producer watches the scene on the monitor and decide if the scene is good. When I had a talk with lead actor Case Walker, he told me that when the camera is filming you everything goes into a blurr. Filming a TV show can take longer than you think. A thirty minute episode can take 5 days. That’s 6 minutes shot per day. To shoot a 30 second stunt can take up to 5 hours! Usually it takes about 5 to 25 tries to get one scene done. It can take up to 8 months to shoot one season of a show. This shows how Production is involved in making a sitcom.
Sitcoms are made funny because of Post-Production. One example of Post-Production is editing. Editing is a 1 month process that is very important to the making of a TV show. Editing involves, music, sound, special effects, and much more. Without editing a TV show wouldn’t be a show. Editing involves switching from scene to scene smoothly. Editing also involves making everyone and everything sound Perfect. When I interviewed a producer named Andrew Singer, he told me that editing is the core of the Show, editing is the most important part of making a TV show because editing makes shows look unique. That is what you are looking for in a great TV show. This shows how Post-Production is involved in making a sitcom.
In conclusion, Pre-Production, Production, and Post-Production are the reason why the shows that you see on TV are made. These three elements make production less stressful and organized yet the whole process is still chaotic said Andrew Singer. Watching sitcoms have changed people lives in many ways. For example many kids love watching shows like “Friends,” or “The Office.” It is part of their regular everyday life to watch TV. I can’t live without TV. I wonder what would happen if no one could watch TV?
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