Here are a few predicted exam questions. Get cracking on them as they are likely to come up in the exam!
“It would help us to plan a new show if we could be clear about how sitcoms have developed since they first broadcasted. Give us your thoughts and discuss the significant changes”
- “We need to consider our rivals. What are the key factors of the sitcoms you think are likely to be our biggest competitors? However, we want to move things on. How can we make our sitcom different and appeal to today’s audience?”
“We want to see how your ideas would look. Suggest a title for the new sitcom, devise new characters and give an outline of a sample story line. Feel free to include any sketches if you think they might be helpful. Explain how your suggestions are in line with the brief. “
“Come up with a design for the pilot episode of the sitcoms featuring your characters in the story line you have suggested you should produce:
EITHER: a full story board and a script for a 3 to 5 minute sketch in the pilot episode.
OR: create a design for each character including clothing etc with a list of key personality traits and a design for one main production area (ie Living Room).
Remember to apply the usual conventions. Use the storyboards and A3 sheets provided. “
- Choose a sitcom which you think will be one of our competitors and explain its appeal to the audience.
- Outline your ideas for a new sitcom, remembering that any new programme must conform to Denham Productions* core values.
- Produce a storyboard for the opening two minutes (approximately) of your sitcom, making sure you provide details of: shot, camera movement, transitions, length of take, sound effects, dialogue and music. The use of colour is strongly suggested.
- Where did you find inspiration for your situation comedy? Refer to the other sitcoms / TV programmes / films that have inspired your decisions.
- Why would your intended audience find this to be a suitable opening for a TV situation comedy programme?
* You will be given a letter from a fictitious company in the exam who explains what kind of sitcom they want: audience profile, family/workplace … etc. You will then have to remember to link your ideas to the specifications.