Students See Sitcom Taping
Point Loma Nazarene University
Contact: Nicholle Jaramillo
Point TV: Channel 23 Marketing & Promotions Mgr.
Advisor: Alan Hueth (619) 849-2358
Date: December 16, 2010
Written by: Nicholle Jaramillo
Students See Sitcom Taping
Imagine attending a live sitcom where the actors get up-close and personnel. Every year PLNU’s media communication majors experience just that. This past fall, 2010 semester, a group of students traveled to Los Angeles to see a taping of the romantic ABC sitcom Better With You.
Twenty-one PLNU students were given an up-close and personal look into the world of television production. They saw everything from script changes and multiple takes to staff interactions and camera maneuvering.
“My favorite part was getting to see the actors perform in real life,” said Chelsea Brock, junior media communications major. “It was interesting to see how the writers can change lines so fast to have a bigger laugh!”
For some students it was hard to believe how much effort it takes to shoot a sitcom. Brock particularly enjoyed watching the staff interaction.
“Everyone was in a chill mood, and partaking in this event made me excited,” said Brock. “I realized I might be doing the same thing they do in a couple short years.”
Other students took a liking to the actual production of the show rather than its content. While they watched actors perform, they also saw how the show was created.
“I really enjoyed seeing how all the jobs on the floor worked together in order to make a successful show,” said Joshua Vandermeer, a freshman media communications major.
Although cinematography perfection is a must amongst PLNU students, sitcom attendees were hit with a harsh reality.
“I learned that sitcom taping is filmed by 4 or 5 cameras simultaneously, and that re-takes are only done when someone messes up, not simply to get another camera take,” said Vandermeer.
The field trip also helps prepare the students to get a first-hand look at how they might work together on a multi-camera studio production of this type.
“Students have been writing comedy scripts this past year, and we’re going to begin to begin to produce those scripts next semester in the studio production and TV workshop classes,” said Dr. Alan Hueth, who teaches and directs and media communication major.
Hueth added that the annual field trip is a chance for students to see how it’s done and prepare them for producing their own studio projects.
Overall, the sitcom was an entertaining and educational experience for students and provided a plethora of knowledge for students interested in the business.
Students interested in attending the next sitcom taping should contact Alan Hueth at AlanHueth@pointloma.edu.