Sitcom Trailer Analysis
The majority of TV sitcoms, given their studio-bound nature, relatively small budgets and short shooting times will not demonstrate a particularly distinctive visual style.
The clip I have chosen (Scrubs Trailer) uses conventional framing, with many mid-shot and medium close-ups, combined with the common techniques of continuous editing. This allows the audience to understand the action, without drawing attention to the process of the construction. The show is shot with a single-camera setup instead of a multiple-camera setup more typical for situation comedies.
This sitcom favours simple cuts and maintains the rules of continuous editing. This is used to control time, tell the story and to focus on the less important various characters. It helps to create comedy from the actions and dialogue on screen especially when the main characters are shown throughout the hospital linking the various scenes.
In this clip the cameras cut from one scene to another which helps to suggest a relationship between shots alongside each other. The clip dissolves between the opening shot of the outside of the hospital to the inner hospital which allows the viewer to appreciate that the clips are linked even though they are separated by space.
The music plays a large role in Scrubs. A wide variety of rock, pop, and indie artists are featured, and almost every episode ends with a musical montage summing up the themes and plot lines of the episode. In addition to music being featured as a soundtrack to the show, the cast themselves also sing on a frequent basis, which happens in the middle scene of this trailer including additional musical instruments as props.
The opening sequence shows rolling clouds above the hospital with mood music to get you interested in what is to come. The narrators’ voice in this clip echos the comedy and are is a non diegetic sound. Silly voices and the singing scene are used to add comedy effect. The mix of the...
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