In what ways does your mediaproduct use, develop or challengeforms and conventions of real mediaproducts?
Regarding my magazine, it is clear to see how it develops real mediaconventions concerning the layout and the theme of the my magazinecover. The theme of the film is a UK drama based in an urban area.However, finding a magazine that incorporates the same type of style asthat and also manages to look respectable, was extremely difficult.
Usually the type of film with my theme would not incorporate the type of magazine I created, ifany magazine. Many of the films that we looked for inspiration in the making of our film, did nothave the budget to feature in other magazines, which made it hard to find inspiration whilstmaking the film. However, the inspiration that I found was in fact very helpful and I did takeaspects of it whilst making my magazine cover.To back my research I used Total Films as a guide. I tried to use theirmagazine to help me in the making of my own, there were someparticular things that appealed to me when seeing their magazines.One was the way they had the total in the middle of the film, that issomething I would like to put in the front cover of my magazine. Alsothey had one or some of the characters that were featuring in the filmin the cover of their magazine. I think using that would also besomething good to add in my magazine. They also make the picturerelate to the film in other ways such as the girl dressed as acheerleader has something to do with the film. The have colourthemes that help the magazine attract people, through the colours itis easy to read what kind of film it will be, this film is going to besomething more happy and joyful. I particularly like the magazinelayout because it makes the magazine presentable and doesnt ruinthe magazine theme.
This particular magazine is what I preferred because of howthe model is not in the centre of the front cover, but is on theside, but that does not take the focus from them, it makes themagazine more subtle and less extravagant and will stillattract people to it. The colour theme on the magazine givesaway what the film is about, the green shows that it is in anatural place, and I like the way the magazine is so mucheasier to read. Overall, I wanted to incorporate this type ofdesign and layout into my magazine. So instead of using agreen layout, I used blue. For the reason that, I feel that thecolour blue signifies a lot that relates to my film. Blue gives afeeling of distance which we try to portray on our trailer. Thisis a good way to understand what kind of trailer we created,and what may go on in the film – ‘it allows us to look beyondand increase our perspective outward. It contains a coolvibration that is helpful to communication’.When the model is at the side of the magazine, I feel that itshows how powerful they are, it makes them the centre of themagazine, without them needing to be in the centre. It is alsomore convenient to place other things on the side.
The main UK film magazines were Empire andStudio. The common theme in these magazineswere that they all had a main character featuring inthe main as the cover of the magazine. This is agood marketing tool as it draws people to want tobuy the magazine. Especially if it was a characterthat they recognised. So what I decided to do wasto use the main character in my film and to putthem AS the front page of my magazine.I wanted to present my character as being someonethat is so extremely glamorous and very known inthe acting world. Just like they did in Empiremagazine and Studio magazine. To do this I dressedher adequately and fashionably because I knew thatis what would draw readers to want to buy themagazine.Something else that I used in the making of mymagazine, was the film title. One of the mostcommon film magazines in the world Is total film. Iwanted to use this name for my magazine to makeit more recognised, as the name of the magazine isa great marketing tool.
However, the ways in which I challenged real media was with the choice of clothing that mymodel wears o the front cover. There were not many examples to go by when looking for amagazine of my film genre, so I had to improvise. I wanted my model to look glamorous, so Ilooked at different glamorous models and actors. I wanted to incorporate something unique intomy magazine that speaks the message of the film. I researched various film actress photographyto see what unique things they do to their artists. I found a photograph which I extremely liked. Itshowed how glamorous and famous the actresses were just through what they were wearing. Thisidea was extremely appealing to me, and I used it in my making of the magazine
The pictures I found that stood out to me, were of women models and actors beingclothed in newspaper. This somehow denotes how famous they are. We wanted ourfilm magazine to be unique as possible and to stand out, so I made a piece of clothingfor my model out of newspaper. This demonstrates how we challenged real mediaconventions as it is unexpected that someone that features in the type of trailer wecreated would be clothed this way.
This was my final magazine cover, Iwas really pleased with theoutcome as a lot of the things werethought through like the use ofusing the image on the side thatwould advertise the film as well asattract people to go and see it, alsothe fact that my model was alsofeatured in the film made it betterbecause the inside of the magazinesupposedly would have aninterview from her. I made thepicture look glamorous because Iwanted it to be evident that shewas a rich famous holly woodactress, and she is coming to act inthe typical modern day film.Final Magazine
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