How to plan… Brief Music magazineMagazine research Audience research research Understand Inform my magazine Decide on genre conventions Magazine name Audience research Flat plan of magazine Audience feedback Photoshoot Picture selection Make front cover
You must include the key ingredients:• Main Image (with sub images if you choose);• Magazine Title;• Cover Title;• Overlaps;• Coordinated and consciously chosen colour scheme;• Consciously chosen fonts• Magazine Tagline.
Flat plans of your front cover, contents and double page spread.• It is important you have a starting point for your product.• Mock up, by hand, what you think these will look like.• Discuss them on your blog and do some audience initial feedback.
Flat plan example – front cover.
Flat plan example – contents.
Flat plan example – double page spread.
Planning the photo shoot.• Agency name–Name of photography studio Model–Whoever your main image is.• Camera height/angle/distance- Headshot, preferably in a high angle. Direct eye gaze with camera. Face on the right side of frame in order to follow reader’s natural eye flow.• Location–At home, in front of a white wall in order to resemble studio environment.• Lighting–Picture to be in black and white, therefore bright flashlight in model’s face in order to create highlights, dark shadows included.• Mise-en-scene (Includingprops/costumes)-Model to be in a white shirt to blend in with background and increase use of white space. No other props however, except maybe Ray Ban sunglasses if decided no eye gaze directly to camera is more effective.• Attempted connotation-Eye contact with camera suggests personal connection with reader. Image to be in black and white to set a tone of tradition and style. No props indicates cover artist is fully exposed in the magazine and is not ‘hiding’ behind anything. Planned denotation-Masthead ‘Voice’ immediately indicates the magazine is to do with music and singers/artists/bands.• Contingency (in case of model absence/weather)–If my dad becomes unable to model, I would either use my mum or my camera self timer and take pictures of myself for the cover, since we’re the only people who reside in my home, where the shoot location is. Alternate angle–Low angle head shot, instead of high. (This could illustrate superiority of artist). Titled angle of camera to suggest distortion (could reflect a singer’s life).
Risk assessment.• Wherever you are planning on doing your photoshoot, you MUST complete a risk assessment.• This shows the examiner you are serious about what you are doing and you know what you are doing.
Risk assessment example. Risk PreventionGetting hit by a car when crossing the road to get Be observant. See if any cars are pulling out ofthere or in the car park. spaces in the car park and check the road before we cross, if any cars are coming then wait for them to pass.Slipping on the polished floor. Wear shoes with grip and act sensibly.Knocking equipment over. Ensure that equipment is organized and not spread out. Be observant.Tripping (either on the way there or in the Walk sensibly, be observant and avoid unsuitablebuilding) ground.Falling when using the stairs. Use the banisters and walk sensibly.The flash could accidentally be on and hurt my Check that the flash is turned off just beforemodels eyes. taking pictures.Tripping over equipment. This could harm a Keep all equipment in one place and ensure thatperson and/or the equipment. when possible equipment is in its case/bag. Be observant.On the way there we could bump into other Be observant. Use the other entrance to thepeople, who are using other areas of the sports sports centre if the front entrance is crowded.centre. We should give visitors the ‘right of way’ as they are paying to use the facilities.