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- Group 1: What are icons? What is iconography? Discuss examples from in-class episodes of Designing Women, Girlfriends, or New Girl.
- Group 2: What narrative impact does the economic decision to shoot on studio sets have on sitcoms (with studio audiences) and soap operas? (What differences are there between the studio set-up of these two genres?) That is, how does set design shape the way stories are told?
- Of the sitcoms we've seen in class (The Andy Griffith Show, The Cosby Show, The Beverly Hillbillies, Designing Women, Girlfriends, New Girl), which are shot on studio sets with studio audiences?
- Lighting questions:
- Group 3: What are the characteristics of three-point lighting? What function does each "point" serve? Pretend you are a director of photography (DP). Describe a scene that might not use three-point lighting and explain why.
- Group 4: What is the difference between high-key and low-key lighting? And what is chiaroscuro? Pretend you are a director of photography (DP). Describe a scene that might use each of these techniques.
- Describe the mise-en-scene of the Northern Exposure scene with Joel and Jules. How are aspects of the characters (Joel, Jules, Maggie, Ed) communicated through mise-en-scene? That is, what would we know about the characters even if there were no dialogue in this scene?
- Group 1: costume design, iconography
- Group 2: set design
- Group 3: lighting design
- Group 4: blocking and figure movement
- Butler, Jeremy G. Television: Critical Methods and Applications. New York: Routledge, 2012.