Main features of a Magazine front cover:• House style• Masthead• Main Image• Cover Story• Bar Code• Left third• Cover Lines
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Analysis of magazine front covers There are several conventions of a magazine front cover which I will also need to include within my own ancillary products in order to make it realistic and for the audience to know that it is a magazine front cover. Like every other magazine, this one has its own house style that makes that magazine recognisable to its audience. In this case the title of the magazine is part of it’s house style as it is instantly recognisable from the colour and font as to what magazine it is from. This magazine also includes buzz words such as ‘hot’ to engage their audience. It also includes prices, barcodes, date/ month and website on the front cover which are always included. These are all aspects that I will need to include on my own front cover in order for it to be successful and look like something of a close likeness to the real thing.
Total Film is another big film magazine, which is easily recognisable through its house style of the way in which the name is put onto the magazine with the ‘Total’ being inside the ‘f’ of the word film. Because of this it makes the magazine instantly recognised to its audience. A typical convention is having a main image and cover story which is again instantly recognisable within this magazine which is something I intend to do within my own work. The image covers 2/3 of the page which is very common for a magazine front cover. The use of inside stories are also used on the front cover of the magazine, which can be seen within this example.Little Whit Lies is another magazine that focuses on films. Unlike mostother magazines it doesn’t follow all the typical conventions of insidestories, cover stories, buzz words and other images. Instead it has onemain image, the title, barcode and the featured film on it, which thesethings do follow the typical conventions. I find this magazine front coverinteresting and unique which is why I think it would stand out from theother two magazine front cover examples I have used. I also like the wayin which the photograph has been manipulated so that it doesn’t look likeany other ordinary photos.
These are three film posters that all show the typical conventions of what should be included. In a filmposter there are several features included such as the steel tongs font at the bottom, the title of the film, animage that is 2/3 of the page, the actors names and a strapline. These features are all conventional of afilm poster and all help to relate the poster to the actual film and trailers produced.A strapline is often used to tie in the concept of the film to the poster helping it to relate again. The imageused usually represents the genre of a film which is also very helpful to the intended audience of the film.