Production Log – 19/02/2010

February 19, 2010 at 3:56 pm (AS Media, Foundation Portfolio, Main Task)

Today I finished my research on magazines. I researched both music magazines and comedy magazines so that I could find the common magazine conventions and combine them to make a comedy music magazine.  I analysed the magazine pages and explained the good and bad elements of the pages. I think this is a good idea because it gives me a sense of what I should include within my magazine and what I shouldn’t. The most challenging part of this was actually finding various comedy magazines and their contents pages and double-page spreads as I didn’t personally possess any of these magazines. Through the internet I managed to find a few comedy magazines and one or two that are not actually running anymore such as Punch.

I also began the construction of my mock-up magazine pages.

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Comedy Magazine & Music Magazine Research

February 19, 2010 at 2:36 pm (AS Media, Foundation Portfolio, Main Task)

As my creative idea is a magazine for parody/comical music I believe that this is a niche in the market as I am only able to find comedy magazines that involve stand up comedians and comedy shows. Therefore I will be researching comedy magazines as well as music magazines so that I can mix the two together to make a brand new magazine.

Looking at comedy magazines I have come across Mustard, Punch, MAD and Viz. As only Mustard and The Fix allows you to read their magazines online, they are the only front cover, contents page and double-page spreads I have at the moment unless I purchase a copy of the other magazines except Punch as it stopped publishing in 2002.

As you can see this is the Viz magazine and at first glance you can tell it belongs to the comedy genre due to the cartoon image displayed on the front cover. I like the way that this front cover isn’t very busy due to there being two images. Also the splash headline is very large and bold which really stands out. There is a lure with the free CD which will give the readers a good incentive to buy the magazine. I would like to use a lure for my magazine such as a free parody CD.

The colour use for this magazine is bold with the green, red and black. As the background is red and black, the green used on the cartoon character and the grass makes the image stand out so readers are able to see it clearly. The colour yellow has been used to make the keywords in the text stand out, for example the lure “Free Prince CD” as well as underneath the splash headline “Plus:” where a list of various characters specific to Viz are mentioned to let the reader know what else is available inside the magazine.

The only change I might make to this magazine is to have the website in larger text so you can see it easier.

This magazine, Punch has stopped publishing in 2002 and this is their final issue, but you are able to tell that this is a comedy magazine because of the way the cartoon is illustrated. I like the way the front cover is simple. However I don’t like the way that the front cover doesn’t mention anything inside the magazine and only has the masthead and splash. If a consumer saw this they would not necessarily know what the magazine is about.

The colours used are vibrant and eye-catching which means that people will definitely see this magazine on the shelves. By only having the splash and masthead on the front cover could interest people into picking it up to see what the magazine contains. So in a way this could be a positive tactic.

This magazine MAD you can tell it is comical at a first glance as the splash image is a parody of a well known film character. The splash headline is also “20 dumbest people, events and things 2008” suggesting that this magazine is of the comedy genre. I like the way they have imitated a well known film and have the image at an obscure angle which suggests madness and chaos. They have also used the catchphrase of the Joker “Why so serious?” and changed it to “Why so stupid?” and have shown this text in a very siilar style to how the Joker’s catchphrase was advertised for the Batman film The Dark Knight.

I like the way that the front cover only has the splash and what the magazine features with minimal description and only the splash image present on the front cover. This makes it a simple design with minimal images so the cover doesn’t look overloaded with information. This is the type of layout that I would like to incorporate in my magazine.

Like Viz magazine, MAD also has the word”featuring” a different colour so it stands out and following “featuring” is a list of celebrities that have made the list of “20 dumbest people, events and things 2008”. However unlike Viz magazine this is part of the splash.

This magazine The Fix seems to have characatures of various comedians for the splash image. It also has one feature mentioned on the front cover which is the guide to the Edinburgh Festival 2009. This festival is a big event in the comedy circuit as it is an event where a variety of comedians perform in front of a very large audience. Again the layout of the front cover is simple and basic with only have the splash image on the cover. This means that the front cover is not busy and overloaded.

This contents page is different to most as it only lists the top ten stories of the issue as well as have images and page numbers corresponding to the story, however these are not mentioned in the contents. For my contents page I would like to include all the stories and features that can be found in the magazine.

There is quite a basic colour scheme used which means that the page isn’t overloaded with various colours that probably will not go together.

The double-page spread for The Fix shows a “survival guide” for Edinburgh. These pages include the four main elements that people generally want to know about Edinburgh (when attending a festival) which are Accommodation, City Life, Food and Alcohol. This tells me that the magazine The Fix is generally aimed at adults. This double-page spread has a nice spacious layout where you can easily read the information and see the images. The text boxes are a good way to keep the information tidy and readable. This is an idea I could incorporate in my magazine, although I will not have a survival guide for my double-page spread.

This comedy magazine Mustard is different from the previous comedy magazines above as it has more than one image on the front cover. Although these images are all part of the splash which is an interview with the comedy writer Graham Linehan. There is a good use of white space on this front cover with the white being the background of the magazine so that all the information and images stand out more.

Just like Viz and MAD, the “Plus” is in a different colour for it to stand out and just like Viz magazine, the text that follows is that of stories included within this Mustard magazine issue.

This is the contents page for Mustard, but this contents page is very different to other contents pages as the actual contents is the “To Do List: Mustard #01” and as the image shows, it doesn’t take up the whole of the page like other contents pages do. Instead there is a list of writers and artists to the left hand side. Underneath the contents you have “Evil Corporate Sponsor:” and “Obligatory Move Quote:” which are clearly not to be taken seriously. Next to these is an advertisement to say that you are able to join Mustard on social networking sites. This is a good layout as you are able to give more information on the page such as next issue and where else the magazine is available. I like it because it is different to the contents page conventions that most magazines follow.

However, the only thing I ould change about this page is to include some more images.

This is the double-page spread for Mustard and is an interview which is generally what double-page spreads consist of in magazines. This particular interview is with Graham Linehan who is a comedy writer who created The IT Crowd, co-wrote Father Ted amongst others. This interview is laid out in columns with the questions in a different colour and style text to the answers. This makes the content of this interview clear and easy to read. There is also an image of the characters in The IT Crowd which promotes the show within the interview. There is also a quote from the interview in bold text on the second page, this enables the reader to sample a section of the interview before reading it due to most people skimming through magazine content before choosing a section to read.

I like the layout of this double-page spread because it is very neat and tidy which is what you need for any magazine. I also like the way the image is integrated within the text because the text is shaped around the top of the image. As I’m thinking about doing an interview for my double-page spread, I would like to use a similar layout to this double-page with the use of the image and the lines down the columns which I personally think makes the page look neater.

The following magazines are all music magazines. The reason for this is so that I am able to merge the two types of magazine together with comical music.

This magazine is clearly for music with the bands on the cover. This first thing that draws my eye is the splash “100 Greatest Gigs Ever” as it has a big, bold headline and large image on the front cover. This is following traditional magazine conventions. The masthead is also large and easily seen so you immediately know which magazine it is. There are images on the side of the magazine with just the band names as it’s part of the splash. Another traditional magazine convention that this magazine follows is the splash image being in front of the masthead.

I like the colour scheme as the colours used are quite vibrant and stand out from the page. The use of the yellow borders draws your eye to the images inside them. The same goes for the red borders used on the second story.

For my magazine front cover I don’t think I will have as many images on it as this cover does, simply because otherwise I think it will look too busy and overloaded with information.

This is the contents page for Kerrang. I like the use of images and text because it makes the page look more dynamic with a mixture of text and image. This is something I would like to incorporate in my magazine contents page. he images used are fairly large which means they are easily seen and the captions below them are easily read so you know the page number and the content. I also like the way that the content which doesn’t have an image on this page is located to the right-hand side. Although there is limited space, it is still easy to read as the titles of the content is only listed. There are also two advertisements for Kerrang magazine located at the top and bottom corners of the page.

The colour scheme used for this page is the same as the front cover which shows consistancy and a house-style. The yellow and red enable the text to stand out on the page. Also I like the use of the inverted colours (yellow and black) for the “Contents” because it is different but at the same time, it is still consistent with the house-style.

The images used for the splash on this magazine also follow traditional magazine conventions with the image being in front of the masthead. The splash headline is also the first thing my eye is drawn to due to it being big and bold. Other stories are also featured on the front cover so it gives the audience an incentive to read on.

The colour scheme used corresponds with the masthead colours which are black, red and white. This is the housestyle for the magazine.

I would like to use a different layout for my magazine front cover rather than this layout.

The splash “Madonna” as is a big, bold headline and there is a large image of Madonna on the front cover. This is following traditional magazine conventions as the image is infront of the masthead. The masthead is also large and easily seen so you immediately know which magazine it is. There is an image on the bottom left-hand side of the magazine which is a lure as it says “free inside”. The image is off a free magazine inside this magazine.

The colour scheme is mainly red, white and black which are the colours used in the masthead. As the background is black, the use of the red and white for the text means that the words stand out from the page and can easily be read.

This is a similar layout that I would like to use for my magazine because it is simple and not too busy.

This is the contents page for Q. I like the layout for this page as it is simple and easy to read. This is something I would like to incorporate in my magazine contents page. The images used are large enough to see clearly and the captions are easily read so you know the page number and the content. I also like the way that the list of contents is located to the left-hand side. Although there is limited space, it is still easy to read as the titles of the content is only listed.

The colour scheme used for this page is the same as the front cover which shows consistancy and a house-style. The white text on a black background enable the text to stand out on the page. This is a simplar layout to what I want on my contents page.

This is the double-page spread for a music magazine and is an interview which is generally what double-page spreads consist of in magazines. This particular interview is with the band Black Eyed Peas. The layout of this interview consists of a large image of the band which takes up most of the double page and the start of the interview to the right-hand side of the page. The questions are in bold compared to the answers. This makes the content of this interview clear and easy to read.

I like the layout of this double-page spread because it mainly consists of an image with a small amount of writing on one page which means that the interview questions and answers will be spread out more across the pages.

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Production Log – 05/02/2010

February 5, 2010 at 3:47 pm (AS Media, Foundation Portfolio, Main Task)

Today I constructed templates of the layout of my magazine pages. I think this is a good idea because it allows me to see roughly where element of my magazine are positioned. I am also able to see if the layout is following traditional magazine conventions. I have created a template for the front cover, contents and double-page spread.

I have also looked at various comedians on the internet and had a look at the different images they had. I have included images on the blog of the position I would like my models to pose for my original images. There is also the salt advert I obtained from Youtube because the way the woman in this advert leans right into the camera is the style I would like some of my images to be like I my magazine. This is because the magazine is comical music and is full of randomness and comedy. These are good positions to be in because it is as if the images are lookng straight at the reader in a sinister way.

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Magazine Layout Template & Image Ideas

February 5, 2010 at 2:32 pm (AS Media, Foundation Portfolio, Main Task)

I have created some templates of how I want my layout to look like.

Here is the Front Cover layout

Here is the Contents layout

Here is the Double-Page spread layout

For my splash image, I would like my model to lean into the camera like this woman in the salt advert, simply to create a crazy look.

And like Frankie Boyle is doing in this image.

And Tim Minchin is doing in this image.

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Film Magazine Research

February 4, 2010 at 2:38 pm (A2 Media, Advanced Portfolio)

At first glance you can tell that this magazine is a film magazine simply because it has characters from upcoming and recent films shown on this front cover. I like the way that there is little text, yet it gives all the information the reader needs to know. The splash headline is very large and bold which really stands out enabling the reader to be drawn to the magazine. There is more than one film illustrated on this front cover, which shows that the magazine content is generally upcoming films, reviews etc. However, I’m not sure whether I would want to do this for my Film magazine front cover as I would need to take some images of various scenes I could use as films and think of film titles.

The colour scheme used for this front cover corresponds to the Transformers’ character Optimus Prime who is black, grey, blue and red. The masthead of this magazine has red text, the background is black and blue with smoke. The text on this cover is mostly white so that readers are able to clearly read the text.

For this film cover, I like the way that only one image is used because it makes the cover look simple. There is also a brief list of films that are featured within the magazine, which adds to the simplicity of the cover. I also like the simple colour scheme used of red, white and black as it goes well with the character of Jack Sparrow. As most of the background is smokey-white, the text colours red and black show up very clearly on the page. Likewise for the top of the page’s background being black, the white and red text show up well.

The splash for this magazine is clearly Pirates of the Caribbean considering this is the only image on the page. The splash headline is also the logo for the film with the skull and cross-bones.

To me this film cover seems to be too busy and overloaded with information. There is too much text explaining the images. The white text shown on Robert Pattinson’s elbow and on Kirsten Stewart’s dress is quite difficult to make out considering the clothes that they are wearing are too similar to the text colour. The splash of this magazine is clearly Robert and Kirsten as they are the largest image on the page. It looks as if they have been pushed to the side of the page to make room for the other images and text. This magazine is specifically for Twilight and is a special edition.

I also don’t like the layout of this magazine because it seems to be squashed together and not really thought about properly. For my film magazine cover I will opt for a simpler layout with one or two images.

I like the use of have one set image (which will be for the splash) and having just small bits of text briefly talking about other features in the magazine.  The splash headline is very large and bold which really stands out enabling the reader to be drawn to the magazine. There is more than one film mentioned on this front cover, which shows that the magazine content is generally upcoming films, reviews etc. The other image that is used is advertising that there are four covers of this magazine to collect with other Star Trek characters on them.

The colour scheme used for this front cover is the same as The Scene magazine above, with red, white and black. The masthead of this magazine has white text, the background is black/grey so it shows up very well. The text on this cover is mostly white so that readers are able to clearly read the text.

Again, there is only one image used for this cover it means that there is only one thing to concentrate on and not overloading the readers brain. The splash headline is very large and bold which really stands out enabling the reader to be drawn to the magazine. There is a list of all the other actors that are featured within this magazine. The splash for this magazine is “39 New Films” but doesn’t specifically name any which intrigues the reader to look through the magazine.

The colour scheme used for this front cover corresponds to the Johnny Depp character Sweeny Todd who is mainly black and white. The text on this cover is mostly white so that readers are able to clearly read the text.

I like the way that there is little text, yet it gives all the information the reader needs to know. The splash headline is very large and bold which really stands out enabling the reader to be drawn to the magazine. It is also in the centre of the page which makes it stand out even more. The masthead is also very large and bold which means that it can be seen clearly. The use of “Plus!” tells us what else is featured in this magazine

The colour scheme used for this front cover goes along with The Simpsons theme as the colours used are oranges, yellow, white and red. The masthead of this magazine has white text, the background is orange and yellow. The text on this cover is mostly white so that readers are able to clearly read the text on the yellow/orange background.

The splash headline is very large and bold which really stands out enabling the reader to be drawn to the magazine, it is also located in the centre of the page. Again there is only one image used, this seems to be a running theme within film magazine conventions. The use of “Plus” draws the reader’s eye to the list of other features within the magazine.

The colour scheme used for this front cover goes well with the gangster theme of this magazine with the film “Public Enemies”. The use of the yellow could represent gold and money, the red could represent the blood, the black is the colour of the costume worn by Johnny Depp. The masthead of this magazine has black and red text in a yellow box, the background is white and grey. The text on this cover is mostly white so that readers are able to clearly read the text.

Front Cover Image Selection

When constructing a magazine, you will need to be able to select the right image for the front cover. After doing some research I have found that it is a mixture of subject matter, timeliness and, composition. (Source: RAILPACE 101: 08: Railpace Photo Selection Process). Click here for Source.

Subject Matter, this basically means elements and themes that are relevant to the magazine and to make sure that the images you’re placing within the magazine are not irrelevant. For example a fashion magazine will show images of fashion rather than holiday destinations. As my magazine is a film magazine then I will be selecting an image which represents my film Forsaken.

Timeliness, this means the time period in which the photo was taken and when the magazine is actually published and released. For example a TV magazine wouldn’t have images that are of a new series of a show that was from a Christmas special. It doesn’t matter too much for a film magazine because the theme of it is always changing depending on what film is featured on the front.

Composition, this is pretty much self explanatory. Basically you need something in an image to establish where it’s from. Usually that means part of the scenery. For example a nature magazine wouldn’t have an image of just the wildlife, there is usually something else in the shot which distinguishes where the image was taken. Again this doesn’t matter too much for a film magazine, as long as the reader is able to see which film it belongs to.

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Production Log – 28/01/10

January 28, 2010 at 3:45 pm (A2 Media, Advanced Portfolio)

Today I have been commenting on my film poster designs, what I like and what I don’t like about them. I also said about how I made them and what effects I used. I have also started my research into film magazines and have collected a few images of film magazine covers.

I have learnt to comment on my work in order to progress my portfolio.

Next lesson I will start to comment on the images I have acquired for my film magazine research.

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Production Log – 21/01/2010

January 21, 2010 at 3:53 pm (A2 Media, Advanced Portfolio)

Today I have composed my film poster as well as making mock ups of how I would like the layout as well as testing various images.

I have used Photoshop and experimented with filters such as grain as well as adjusting the image to auto color, auto contrast. Whilst constructing the poster I used experimented with various aspects of Photoshop on the text. Firstly I used half – color, texture, patchwork. Secondly I used the smudge tool to blend in all the colours and make an eerie look. I then used the burn tool which made the text look blood covered.

I have learnt that you should experiment around with Photoshop as you may come across something that you like and are able to use it in your poster. Next lesson I will be commenting on my film poster designs and researching film magazine covers.

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Forsaken Film Poster

January 21, 2010 at 3:45 pm (A2 Media, Advanced Portfolio)

As I said in the film poster research, I wanted the film poster to be simple yet effective. I wanted it dark and eerie but it had to be light enough to see the character. I have made mock ups of the film poster.

This is the first mock-up and I have used one of my original images and have not altered this image in any way.  I then put at the bottom the title Forsaken and coming soon. I like the way this poster is dark and sinister and there is a slight reddish light on the character which works well with the colour of the title, which represents blood.

However, the issues with this design is that the image is too dark and you are unable to pick out any specific features of the character, as well as the title looking rather plain and boring. There seems to be no life in this poster and it looks very dark, very basic and very boring.

This poster design is better than the first as you are able to pick out the features of the face such as the nose under the mask and the scar running down the middle of the mask. The reason that I used this image with the different light is because I wanted to experiment to see what would work and what wouldn’t. The image used is a different one used from the first design as I wanted to experiment with the lighting and which creates the most eerie environment. I  altered the image by selecting ‘auto colors’ under ‘image’ and ‘adjustments’ which made the image lighter so you are able to see the character better as it was too dark before. I like the way the title has and edge to it and with this design I was experimenting with the colours and decided to go for a red again to look like blood on the title as it is a horror film. I don’t like the colour scheme as the lighting is too green and looks like it clashes with the red. The green light looks too bright and looks as if it is a poster for a Sci-Fi film.

For this design I used the same image as the previous poster design and just experimented with the style and colours of the title. This colour scheme works a lot better than the design above as the green works well with the title that has almost a static effect to it. I also liked the idea of the title having a n outline so I decided to go for a grey/white colour to make it ghostly and eerie. Again I don’t like the green light on the character because it looks too bright and looks as if it is a poster for a Sci-Fi film.

For this design I went back and used the image from the first design because it has the right colour light I wanted for my original idea. I altered the image like I did with the second design by going ‘image’ , ‘adjustments’ and I selected both ‘auto color’ and ‘auto contrast’ which made this image look like old film footage with the grain effect. I think this worked well and added to the eerie effect. I then made the titles look grainy as well to match the image. As I had an outline around the titles in previous designs, I decided to not have an outline to see how well it worked. I like the fact that this image is dark and sinister whilst being able to see the character. It also looks like it is a horror film with the lighting which you don’t get from the previous two designs. The one criticism I have with this poster is the fact that it is quite difficult to pick out the ‘S’ in the title as it is of a similar colour to the image. Therefore and outline would be best to have on the title.

This is my final version of my film poster

For this design I used the same image as the previous design but only alter the image by adjusting the colour and left the contrast as it was so it became slightly darker. Again it has given the image a grain effect, but because the contrast was not altered, the image follows the trailer as this is the colour and style which was given to the character in the film trailer. For the titles I decided to experiment in Photoshop so I selected ‘filter’ then ‘Pixelate’ and ‘Color Halftone’ to get a nice design on the title. The next steps I took were selecting ‘filter’, ‘texture’ and ‘patchwork’ to get a mix of shades on the title. I then used the smudge tool which gave the effect that the title has been painted on. I wanted the effect of the title being written in blood so I used both the burn and sponge tool after smudging the title to make the titles look like they do. As this is my final poster, I added a tag line and website to make it look professional.

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Production Log – 14/01/2010

January 14, 2010 at 3:43 pm (A2 Media, Advanced Portfolio)

Today I have finally managed to upload my film trailer and outtakes to Youtube as it kept failing to process and upload. To resolve the issue I exported the trailer again using Quicktime conversion. I have now embedded my videos onto my blog.

I have also started to look into various film magazine covers. I have selected a few and I am in the process of analysing them.

Next lesson I will be constructing my film poster as I just need to obtain my original image and use it in Photoshop.

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Final Trailer – Forsaken

January 14, 2010 at 2:10 pm (A2 Media, Advanced Portfolio)

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